I hear this from so many adults and it drives me crazy. People act like they had this innate desire from an early age to be automatically awesome, motivated, hard working and appreciative. Every generation has the same complaint about the generation prior. It’s enough already!
The fact is that our youth deal with the same troubles every generation has dealt with. Peer pressure, school work, sex, drugs, parties, family, friends and everything in between. The major shift has been technology (YouTube). I don't think I’ve heard anyone from prior generation brag about the hard working generation after them. I guess each generation is getting lazier and more and more unappreciative. I can't stand to hear one more baby boomer or brag about what it was like in the old days or complain about hip hop music.
"I don't know how you kids listen to that...I can't even understand what they're saying."
I guess music just isn't innovative if it doesn't make your parents a little uneasy. Each generation has at least one musician breaking all the rules and pushing the boundaries. I wonder if parents were ever upset with Beethoven?
"Why can't that deaf buffoon stop with that piano racquet?" That's my best impression of an 18th century German parent.
But seriously, it's time we all just accepted our generational differences and celebrated the accomplishments we've all made in our times. It's ok to have a sense of pride in our “heyday”, as it were, but let’s try to keep an open mind to new generations that haven't had time to develop. Try to look beyond hip hop and Facebook and compare it to what your parents criticized about you.
Our meat dressing Lady Gaga is comparable to your Elvis with his shakin’ hips. Let’s finally agree that no generation is better than the other because if I have to hear one more person complain about the “youth today” I am going to lose my mind...respectfully, of course.