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Young people tune out older standards
GOPUSA ^ | June 21, 2006 | UPI Staff

Posted on 06/21/2006 5:22:41 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

SAN DIEGO (UPI) -- A California psychologist says young people have become increasingly indifferent to the impression they make on others.

Jean Twenge, the author of "Generation Me," teaches at San Diego State University. She gathered data from surveys taken between 1958 and 2001 by more than 40,000 youngsters. They featured questions aimed at whether the respondents always said "please" and "thank you" or were careful to dress appropriately.

Twenge says that 76 percent of children aged 8 to 12 in 1999 were indifferent to social approval, up from 57 percent in 1970. Among those who were already in college in 2001, who are now young adults, 62 percent were indifferent, up from 56 percent in 1970.

Other psychologists and people who work with youngsters told USA Today that their experience matches Twenge's data. Sherry Turkle, a psychologist and sociologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, blamed the increased use of cell phones and similar devices.

"They're tuned out in some ways to the social graces around them and the people in their lives, in their physical realm, and tuned in to the people they're with virtually," she said.

Copyright 2006 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: cellphones; dress; emilypost; generationy; impoliteness; ipods; missmanners; please; politeness; selfesteem; socialapproval; standards; thankyou; youngpeople; youth
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1 posted on 06/21/2006 5:22:44 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

No surprise to anyone who works with teenagers.


2 posted on 06/21/2006 5:27:06 PM PDT by Amelia (Education exists to overcome ignorance, not validate it.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The word "brat" comes to mind...


3 posted on 06/21/2006 5:34:45 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (DNC: The 'Lifetime' TV network of political parties. -AC)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Image hosted by Photobucket.com some of todays youth showed up at my Uncles funeral last week in Shorts and TEEShirts... are they truly clueless or just plane really don't care about anything except themselves???
4 posted on 06/21/2006 5:35:28 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Amelia
No surprise to anyone who works with teenagers.

"Why can't they be like we were; Perfect in every way? What's the matter with kids today?" :-)

5 posted on 06/21/2006 5:38:42 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Amelia

I'm not buying it.

Every teen-ager I see wears a "uniform". They dress similar, they do their hair the same way, they trick up their cars the same way, etc. Somehow I don't think they do this because they are immune to the opinions of their peer group.


6 posted on 06/21/2006 5:38:50 PM PDT by webstersII
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

All because they are not beaten enough. Physical risk makes one surprisingly attentive.


7 posted on 06/21/2006 5:40:53 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: webstersII

Decades from now, crotchedy old men and prudish women will be complaining about kids not exposing their boxers, shaving every day, and wearing only the most subtle of piercings.


8 posted on 06/21/2006 5:41:38 PM PDT by Caesar Soze
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To: Caesar Soze

LOL!


9 posted on 06/21/2006 5:42:24 PM PDT by webstersII
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To: glorgau

"All because they are not beaten enough. Physical risk makes one surprisingly attentive."

Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat with a baseball bat
Oh yeah, oh yeah, uh-oh.

[repeat]

What can you do?
What can you do?
With a brat like that always on your back
What can you do? (lose?)

--The Ramones


10 posted on 06/21/2006 5:45:42 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (One flag--American. One language--English. One allegiance--to America!)
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To: glorgau
All because they are not beaten enough. Physical risk makes one surprisingly attentive.

Teach your children the horrors of violence.....Beat them harder every day.

11 posted on 06/21/2006 5:52:48 PM PDT by AdamSelene235 (Truth has become so rare and precious she is always attended to by a bodyguard of lies.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

"Sherry Turkle, a psychologist and sociologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, blamed the increased use of cell phones and similar devices."

Uhhuh. As always, parenting has absolutely nothing to do with kids' behavior.


12 posted on 06/21/2006 5:53:12 PM PDT by Sabatier
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maybe if they listened to "older standards" such as 'The Rat Pack' or Anita Day or even today's Harry Conick or Michael Buble, there would be some hope of saving this current generation? ;)


13 posted on 06/21/2006 5:56:19 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I thought the title meant they don't really hear "As Time Goes By" if you play it.
14 posted on 06/21/2006 5:57:17 PM PDT by VadeRetro (Faster than a speeding building; able to leap tall bullets at a single bound!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
A California psychologist says young people have become increasingly indifferent to the impression they make on others.

Based on how I behaved as a young'un, I don't buy the assertion that kids today are any less rude than they were a generation ago. :)

15 posted on 06/21/2006 5:58:25 PM PDT by stillonaroll
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To: Polybius

Well, yeah, if you want to bring up old show tunes. But despite the mentioned short comings, their self-esteem is off the scale.


16 posted on 06/21/2006 5:58:56 PM PDT by Covenantor
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To: Chode
some of todays youth showed up at my Uncles funeral last week in Shorts and TEEShirts... are they truly clueless or just plane really don't care about anything except themselves???

But they came. If they had really cared only about themselves, they would not have come at all. Today's kids don't even know a lot of the rules baby boomers grew up knowing...sometimes that is a good thing, and sometimes not. But when it comes to dressing casual, I can't get to upset about it. Of course, I think semi-formal is clean jeans and a tee shirt without writing on it. :)
17 posted on 06/21/2006 6:03:03 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: Chode
some of todays youth showed up at my Uncles funeral last week in Shorts and TEEShirts... are they truly clueless or just plane really don't care about anything except themselves???

But they came. If they had really cared only about themselves, they would not have come at all. Today's kids don't even know a lot of the rules baby boomers grew up knowing...sometimes that is a good thing, and sometimes not. But when it comes to dressing casual, I can't get to upset about it. Of course, I think semi-formal is clean jeans and a tee shirt without writing on it. :)
18 posted on 06/21/2006 6:03:51 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: goldfinch

they came because they were sniffing around for his daughter... not because of her father.


19 posted on 06/21/2006 6:11:06 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When I was young, I didn't care for the old standards either. But as I get older, I find myself listening to Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison much more frequently.


20 posted on 06/21/2006 6:17:27 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I think Randy Travis must be paying his bills on home computer by now)
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