Generation Omega (softened by a grudging white pill from your dear author)

There are some white pills about Generation Z hiding in the data if you know where to look for them. But the beatings will continue until this particularly evil meme is truly dead. Then, and only then, we can catalog the (unfortunately short) list of white pills and talk about how to cut the Freudian knot and get these young white people to at least want to have sex with each other. I don’t particularly enjoy shitting on Gen Z, but I do enjoy shitting on the older generations who would rather gaslight themselves about how great things are going to be than actually interact with young people for five seconds to see how fucked up this generation already is.

Or as Tex might say, all homo sapiens convictions reduce to WINNARZ, both in revealed preference and by professed beliefs.

Athena, 13, thinks that today’s kids are missing out on experienes that develop their social skills. “We grew up with iPhones,” she says. “We don’t know how to communicate like normal people and look people in the eye and talk to them.” Her middle school drama teacher tells students, “Put your phone in the box, we’re learning to look people in the eye.” Athena thinks that phones have affected teen speech as well: “Sometimes it makes us, like, aliens. We don’t know how to talk to people anymore.”

Just as playing the piano takes practice, so do social skills. iGen’ers are not practicing their in-person social skills as much as other generations did, so when it comes time for the “recital” of their social skills, they are more likely to make mistakes onstage when it matters: in college interviews, when making friends in high school, and when competing for a job. Life’s social decisions are still made primarily in person, and iGen gets less experience with such situations. In the next decade we may see more young people who know just the right emoji for a situation—but not the right facial expression.

Twenge, Jean M.. iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us . Atria Books. Kindle Edition.

I’ll spare you the blockquote of Calhoun’s “Autistic-like creatures, capable only of the most simple behaviours compatible with physiological survival” because you’ve likely memorized it by now. Instead, let’s get right to the black pills!

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These are all taken from Chapter 3 of Twenge’s book. I will drop one very small white pill here, in hopes you’ll develop a taste for it.

In one study, 6th graders spent five days at an overnight nature camp with no access to computers, cell phones, or TV. A control group continued their usual technology activities. All of the kids then took two social skills tests, naming the emotion (happy, sad, angry, fearful) expressed in a series of photos of people’s faces or watching no-sound videotapes of social interactions. The kids who had spent five days away from screens improved their social skills significantly more than the control group did.

Twenge, Jean M.. iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us . Atria Books. Kindle Edition.

Five days. Think about that.

It is of interest to note that decadence is the disintegration of a system, not of its individual members. The habits of the members of the community have been corrupted by the enjoyment of too much money and too much power for too long a period. The result has been, in the framework of their national life, to make them selfish and idle. A community of selfish and idle people declines, internal quarrels develop in the division of its dwindling wealth, and pessimism follows, which some of them endeavour to drown in sensuality or frivolity. In their own surroundings, they are unable to redirect their thoughts and their energies into new channels.

But when individual members of such a society emigrate into entirely new surroundings, they do not remain conspicuously decadent, pessimistic or immoral among the inhabitants of their new homeland. Once enabled to break away from their old channels of thought, and after a short period of readjustment, they become normal citizens of their adopted countries. Some of them, in the second and third generations, may attain pre-eminence and leadership in their new communities.

This seems to prove that the decline of any nation does not undermine the energies or the basic character of its members. Nor does the decadence of a number of such nations permanently impoverish the human race. Decadence is both mental and moral deterioration, produced by the slow decline of the community from which its members cannot escape, as long as they remain in their old surroundings. But, transported elsewhere, they soon discard their decadent ways of thought, and prove themselves equal to the other citizens of their adopted country

Sir John Glubb
The Fate of Empires

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5 Responses to Generation Omega (softened by a grudging white pill from your dear author)

  1. Boneflour says:

    Summary: Go for a walk. Like, today.

    Sounds like getting people out of a messed up system and putting them in a new environment breaks them out of destructive behaviors.

    Hiking is great and pretty available in the US, but if only there was some way to LIVE closer to nature…

    This looks like another win for the _________.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >Sounds like getting people out of a messed up system and putting them in a new environment breaks them out of destructive behaviors.

      When the pathological environment is driving the pathological behavior, yes.

  2. mobiuswolf says:

    Hey, I offered. Still open, to all you guys. Maybe not all at once.

  3. mobiuswolf says:

    Summer’s coming.

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