First the frivolous stuff:
- While I was waiting in the dentist office I picked up a copy of People Magazine. Holy Cow! who are these people? Yes, I recognized Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan, but what about all the rest of them. And what’s up with the people who are famous for being famous – no talent, no accomplishments just good at getting attention.
- I was in the drug store checkout line and the guy in front of me had shaved his head and replaced the hair with tattoos of bright colored snakes covering his forehead, head and back of his neck.
- My 7 years old grandson can run the computer a lot better than most adults I know. Is he just a really smart kid? He’s smart, but the point is that most of his friends can do just as well. If a 7 year old can do it, so can we.
- My daughter hadn’t lost her AmerExp card, but a replica was being used all over the country to charge over $15,000 in 6 hours. How could that happen? Apparently when you put your card into the pump to pay for gas someone can put some little copying devise in the slot and can make a copy of your card in an hour, then they sell the cards all over the country.
Here’s the serious stuff from the July 26, 2010 issue of Newsweek http://www.newsweek.com/
In 2000 there were 12 billion emails sent every day – 2010 there were 247 billion emails sent every single day!
In 2000 there were 200,000 text messages sent daily – 2010 4.5 billion people were texting every day.
The number of blogs are up from 282,242 in 2000 to 1,052,803 today.
In 2000 there were only 4 reality shows – today 320 – now that’s a growth industry!
Daily newspapers are down from 1480 dailies in 2000 to 1,302 today and more are closing every day
Daily snail mail count in 2000 was 207.8 million pieces of mail– today down to 175.67 million
So what does all this add up to? As the guy with the tattooed head would say, “It’s the 21st Century, Dude”
A lot of the changes are due to advances in technology. Those changes are stunning and we need to learn how to use them, at least some of them. Do you know how to use Twitter? How about You Tube? Are you on FaceBook? You lived just fine without all this stuff for decades so why bother now? Because if we don’t keep up, we run the risk of becoming obsolete, irrelevant and left behind. There are classes to learn how to use all the latest gadgets and widgets. If you have someone who can teach you that’s great, if not take a class.
Are you active in politics? Do you keep up with all the amazing new trends in the country? Do you vote? I can hear you saying, “Politics are a dirty business and I don’t want to upset myself.” True enough, but if we don’t keep up with what’s going on, we lose touch with our time and place. Again we become irrelevant and left behind.
Are in touch with how the latest generation feels about everything from gay marriage to car buying? According to research just released by Honda Motors, young people don’t see cars as status symbols or a sexy projections of themselves. They see cars as polluters used to get them from point A to point B. They see cars as a necessary evil, not something to covet. How’s that for a change in outlook.
So who cares what these kids think? We should care a lot because it’s those kids that will pay for our social security benefits, Medicare benefits and many other things that will affect our lives in the future.
Not only should we care what young people think, we need to accept their views and come to terms with how they will change their world because it’s our world too.