I see a decline in traditional family values; marriage between a man and woman; sense of responsibility regarding making it on your own; belief in God; pride in your country and your workmanship.
An alarming increase in out-of-wedlock births, particularly in the black community.
A decline of respect for public school teachers and people in positions of authority is eroding our great nation.
Too many people are dependent on the government, both local and federal for handouts.
We are in a role reversed society. More and more kids are defining the boundaries rather than parents teaching core values, family customs, and patriotism. There is little to no discipline for poor behavior. The word "excuse" has replaced "accountability". Rarely do you see a kid hold a door for someone, say hello, or even hang up the phone when talking to you. They EXPECT everything the world can offer them rather than see what they can offer the world. The more disrespectful people get, the quicker it spreads to others. Not trying to sound like doom and gloom but that's what I observe on a daily basis. It used to be rare and now it is norm. One can only imagine how unruly this society will actually get before the trend reverses again.
I can blame many networks but the one that I'd like to point out is MTV it's a prime example of where our values lie. People think its just entertainment but it does something to your mind when you watch it. It screws you up, makes shocking things less shocking. So normal life becomes boring ad people need to act out.
This generation knows not what respect is, they don't respect themselves nor others. Majority are not disciplined and have little to no idea of what their morals and values should be. Their mind is empty, we live in a society where we see kids disrespecting elders and talk down to them, an action that would have gotten you your teeth knocked out of your mouth in my days. Kids aspire to be and admire celebrities such as Drake, Chief Kief, shows like Jersey Shore. All or most that only promote profanity, promotes kids to let their desire rule over them, to be guided by lust instead of having self control. Saying that its okay to call women *itches or an African American men a *igger. Where the brand of your shirt is more important then the grade on your test. We see little girls using their bodies to call attention to themselves posting half-naked pictures on social sites and young boys who no longer know the role or definition of a gentleman. It's sad.
Jersey Shore, Honey Boo Boo, TLC, Chris Dorner being praised as the new Django, bombing foreign lands for oil and the media that cheers them on, the perversion of our history by liberals, the militarization of our society by conservatives, the vilification of Muslims by the right, and the vilification of whites by the left. Need I say more?
I would say that about a rough 75% of children who grow up in America and were born past the year 2008 will never know what true virtue is. Virtue has decayed over the past years due to mass media. Things are not made with quality like they used to be, and almost everything done is for money. People now are putting less heart into their work and more greed. The children who grow up around these lack of virtues will never know true virtues at all.
People no longer care about how their interactions with others effect the outside world. Today, everything is about instant gratification and pleasure. I can do whatever I want to anyone, but they dare not do it back to me. I can close the door in someone's face, push them aside in annoyance, or publicly humiliate them. Anything that gives me a shot of pleasure is acceptable - because I am the exception. This mentality is being fed by social media. People are given the perfect place to totally immerse themselves in themselves - if you wanted to you could literally spend all day everyday for the rest of your life looking at nothing but pictures of yourself, and doing nothing but talking about yourself. None of your 5,000 "friends" will say anything, because it would by hypocritical of them.
Openness means anything and everything is okay. Judgments like right or wrong, good or bad, desirable or undesirable are seen as reactionary. We live in a world of political correctness and group think. Our values are not deteriorating, they are gone. We promote all of this in our education system and yet we expect our students to become critical thinkers who have no knowledge , understanding, skills, values, and beliefs
We have a police state, CCTV cameras are everywhere, more policing agencies than any other country in the world, more Prisons, a Supreme Court that legislates from the bench giving more power to the Executive Branch. Most of all unlike firemen and women, the police ruin a citizens career, record.
We have become materialistic and self-centred. Narcism is everywhere and social media is to thank for that. Seems like everyone has an opinion about everything regardless of whether they're qualified or not. The illusion of stability now tumps stability. The illusion of happiness is more important than happiness. The illusion of progress is of higher value than progress itself. The entire world is looking into their screens at a virtual world while the real world burns.
We're collapsing.. Economically, socially, ecologically, and morally. But no one is noticing it because we've defined ourselves as "individuals" and disconnected from everyone and everything pursuing pleasure at any expense. We're a society of addicts. Addicts to pleasure, instant gratification, and "freedom"... We have no concept of freedom anymore as something to be earned and worked at. As something that includes responsibility. Hence we are losing true human freedom and settling for herd/animal freedom. Its so so sad it breaks my heart that very few people I meet actually realize that and are willing to do something about it.
Social media has became a big problem with people becoming selfish and about themselves. Different websites allow people to post statuses, which is not a bad thing, but it encourages people to talk about themselves, either when things go really good or bad. Some people just run to the website so they can tell everyone. When you walk by someone there is not a smile or hi anymore it is looking down at your phone to avoid eye contact. Someone trying to help out and reach out to someone that needs help because they post their problems on websites get deleted as a friend on that site because they are considered a creeper. It is very sad that it has come to this, but it is changing people, it is kind of like a plague. It starts with the (what I like to call) mixed generation. The mixed generation is between 16-28. They actually group this generation together but being in my mid-20s I can see a big difference. People feel entitled and become selfish and become socially awkward unless they need something then they talk to people. Yet there are some people in this age group that still hold the traditional values. Yet, the people in the age bracket that still have the values get plagued because the selfish people just take advantage of them and they get sick of it and just convert to this new "all about me" that is evolving. I still feel I am traditional and am nervous for the elders to leave and this new generation to take over. The elders are great people and hold great values, we could learn a lot from them.
People now day are making a lot of false friends and parents are getting lazy and don't teach kids anything and we also have no respect for anything because we don't earn anything we do, even the little stuff. I find that todays society is just very lazy and is very sad.
Me, Me, Me. Instant gratification. I'm entitled to things I haven't worked for. To the devil with everyone and everything. It's ok to run someone off a cliff if i get to my destination a minute sooner. I respect no one but they sure better respect me. It's not my problem.
People care more about entertainment than about education. They are self-absorbed, focused more on making themselves feel good than about the hard work and consistency needed to be successful and making this a better world. The young care less about others and history and more about music, movies, sports, and entertainment. Technology makes it easier for them to be entertained even though they could just as easily be educated. Very few care about improving themselves and the lives of those less fortunate. Values are irrelevant to most of the young, When Miley Cyrus becomes more popular after her joke of a performance on the MTV Music Awards due to all of the young girls who liked what they saw- the only thing I can say is "Rome is burning".
The definite lack of respect in today's society is caused by two things. It is too acceptable to litter, to ignore social conduct, and there is a constant exposure to this type of behavior in social media and in the cinema. On the silver screen, you see children disrespecting their parents and teenagers disrespecting their elders. Another example is the more constant use of slang and swearing. A century ago, it would be unthinkable to use the words that modern people have integrated into speech. If you are rude to people that you don't even know, how can you be expected to show respect for your close friends? Swearing has even become a joke to some people. If you look in schools, you can see students steeling themselves against better speech, to some it is even illegible. So I must once again stress how faulty the system of speech is in America, and most of the world.
The atrocities committed against people as well as human rights violations are making this world a darker place to live in. People are suffering on a daily basis. But, those in power who have the capacity to bring about change are not doing enough for humanity. Our leaders are hollow and the instances of corruption and declining moral values are skyrocketing beyond doubt. We are living in a dystopian world where humanity and compassion are no longer visible. Wars are being fought on a daily basis and people are suffering violence at the hands of others in the name of religion. Lines are being drawn based on socioeconomic status and money has become the new God. Nothing seems to matter except getting ahead and in a race for upmanship, the core values of humanity are disappearing fast. How to find hope where there is none? How to believe in the goodness of man when all one can see is darkness and despair? It is everywhere and caught between the Devil and the deep sea, one wonders to what end humanity and indeed this world is headed?
Man is a social being.He is influenced by the actions and words of many people around his..It is the humanitarian values which make one a human being.But nowadays man has become more materialistic.For fulfilling his selfish needs he simply forget his culture,relations,duties etc.It is a shameful fact that today these values are deteriorating in a nation like India .The child and women abuse is increasing day by day.Divorces are also increasing.Corruption destroys the credibility and integrity of our nation.The degradation of environment is also a sign of our deteriorating human values
Its is undeniable, that in today's society, something has gone drastically wrong. Moral values are now something that only a Religious person are allowed to have. However, I can tell you, as a religious person, no where in bible does it say you have to be a Christian, for example, to be a good person. It is reflected in our violent entertainment, and the promotion of promiscuity among young people, that erodes peoples idea of what is right and what is wrong. But lets look at a few things
Today's entertainment reflects the idea that promiscuity among young girls and boys is cool, and violence among human beings is funny or entertaining to say the least. Shows like "Breaking Bad" A well done show, with fantastic acting, but you can watch a man take his last breaths after being stabbed in the neck with a box-cutter because he made his drug-lord angry. Another example is "Hannibal" Where you can watch the disgusting but some may say lovable Hannibal Lecter, encourage a father to kill his daughter, and his wife, after he had killed and eaten a girl. All of this in the first episode, and 95% all for the eye to see. The very acceptance of that as proper entertainment baffles me. Also, the very fact that where I watched this, was in a High School Classroom. I am not saying that you should just watch puppies and kittens play all day, there are plenty of movies with small amounts of violence that teach important lessons. There are exceptions to every single rule. But as whole, I was being taught that A father cutting his own families throats is not only entertainment, but also a grotesque form of art that I should appreciate. Art can be grotesque, but what I saw was perverted and a sick form of indoctrination.
2. Degrading self-respect = lack of respect
Teens and Young Adults these days have no idea what self-respect is. This is showing up in classrooms. Teachers don't know what respect is, parents, don't know what respect is, and therefore, self respect is nothing more than an anomaly among young adults today. Self-Harm, Alcohol abuse, drug abuse, body image issues, and pressure to do well in school are all common factors that contribute to a lack of self respect. Kids, as a result, refuse to respect any form of authority, and that is sad. Authority is not always bad, and does not always strip you of who you are, rather, it can keep people safe, and free to do and say what they want and be there own person. People are really stripped of their moral convictions when they lose all respect for authority.
Yes our societies values are deteriorating with mass media and technology. We have become a generation that praises money and popularity. Society hates to hear the truth and only loves to hear about the pleasures of the world. Society does not have Jesus in their lives that's why everything is steadily going downhill. The bible already says wide is the path of the world but narrow is the path to life. Most of society is now living the path to death or hell. That is why you see this much wrong in society everywhere because people are just plain lost in life. The wickedness is increasing since we are living in the last days and more people are becoming wicked. Some people don't even realize they are wicked because they think that those actions are normal. These people probably didn't have both parents while growing up or had unmoral parents. When America started to take God out of the picture this is the by-product. A society filled with a disease of sin that is looked upon to be perfectly fine. Being selfish, self-centered, hateful, jealous, fornicator, adulterer, drunkard, gay, and etc.. Is perfectly fine.
I definitely believe that today our culture, our morals are degrading. We have started adapting ourselves to alien culture due to which we are loosing our identities.
Today we are ashamed of our own traditions and this storm of 'Modernness' has corrupted the very functioning of our minds. Adapting to modernness is not bad, but whats bad is the way we are loosing ourselves in this process.
Wake up People! Wake up!
Just listen to the youth interact, you will clearly hear foul language as a norm and that's just the tip of the ice burg , this is the evidence of moral is declining among youth and peoples in general, if you can't control your language , then everything is the same
People today dont have any respect to their surroundings irrespective of age gender cast community . I do say that earlier their were a lot of myths and false faiths or believes and in the growing , developing India which are now declining but that doesn't mean that today's youth has any value left ............. Today old have no respect they are just kicked out of the house once their pension is over .........Women have touched skies but are still treated like shoes with no respect and just for mere sexual needs............Getting pregnant before marriage or alive in relation today is just destroying the culture of this country.
There is no absolute truth anymore for many, many Americans. If it's true for you then that's your truth which is complete stupidity! Our country has seen it's best days and the TRUE reality is in the everyday evidence we see everyday. God will not be mocked and HE will have His victory in the end.
Societies come and go. No society has survived rampant homosexuality. When mothers give up their babies, this indicates a decline in virtue, human dignity and moral values. Still, these are all symptoms of man's bigger problems of a fallen nature. We've all lied, stolen, lusted, etc., and are in need of forgiving - and not man's forgiveness but God's. Christ's work is finished but not ours.
I would argue that social solidarity (the social glue of our society) is disappearing, there are many factors that have caused this, many of which have already been mentioned, however, I would argue that the main reason that has causes this is the belief in individuality that has caused many individuals to cease to care as to what others think of them, this of course connects to the ideals of secularism and consumerism which are now rampant within our society. Self interest now seems to be the only thing individuals care about. There is always hope of revival however if individuals cease to consider themselves as the most important thing in the world and begin repecting the rights and caring for the needs of others, and start recognising the similarities of others such as a shared culture, history, country, beliefs etc. Then and only then will we seen a revival of our cultural values and our social norms.
Yes, one may argue that society has acquired a lot of good traits along the way, such as equality of women, equality of coloured people, more apt laws, etc. And although if one was to balance the good traits of society against the bad, one would most probably conclude that the good outweighed the bad. But the actual society's values, they do not seem to even exist anymore. I am sure many people cannot even remember the last time they spoke to someone without someone rudely interrupting to address their buzzing phone. Also, where has the love for learning disappeared to? That seems to have skedaddled off down the pot too, the majority seem to be only involved in drinking, clubbing, etc. And as many people have rightly pointed out. It is nearly always ME ME ME, I couldn't care less for anyone else apart from myself, society is now revolving around self-gratification. And where has the community spirit gone from villages, towns and cities - I suppose that is only confined to the Internet now. There are a lot of nice, respectful, and selfless people too in the world, they just need to learn to take the lead more - do not fall into the shadows of this rabble! Stick your head above the crowd and argue for what is right. I couldn't say where this disrespect, lack of self conduct and selfish mindlessness has emerged from, but I can tell you it is one ugly monster.
Porn, homosexuality, and other such things are not the reason our society is losing its values. The reason is that the one study that is to be teaching value to humanity (religion or theology) is not being taught. Society implodes on itself when the value of others decreases, the idea of a narrative is lost, and hope is not an actual concept. Science has not led people to believe less in God but more has made Christians timid about what Christianity teaches. People want understand their value and therefore their purpose, Christianity is able to show them what that is. The concept is explained further here: http://www.exegeticalstruggles.com/2011/08/religion-is-better-than-science-why.html
There used to be a time when the majority of people would have had nothing to do with such things as abortion and gay marriage. However, these are issues that are even less important in the grand scheme of things, less fundamental than a basic value such as honesty. So many young people in high school and college are dishonest in their schooling, this effects all of society because they gain degrees and then jobs based on falsified education. This becomes a detriment to all of society and shows itself in other declining values.
Our society has been on a downward spiral when it comes to values. You can see this in all the shootings that happen everywhere, as well as places where one used to feel safe, like school campuses, that are now danger zones. Also, all the issues with unlawful postings of erotic pictures and, not to mention, child pornography. Technology has played a big role in promoting this, but the fact that the people have no values makes it worse.
The value of society has deteriorated as there is lack of respect for one other. Lack of morals and ethics in the younger population, disrespect for elders, carefree attitude towards life, lack of goals and the spirit of achievement. Moreover there is lack of responsibility among the general crowd. As an individual one does not know what's happening with their neighbor let alone relative. Everyone is too busy providing basic necessities to there family.
For those of us who have been around awhile, it is alarming the way our culture has turned back from traditional values, which we once deemed good, and now declare them bad and outdated. Commitment to marriage and family, the sanctity of human life, integrity and honesty, personally and corporately, have all been compromised and devalued in today's society.
Not like the person who said "the lack of religion in our society produces an increase in pagan activity in society." it's not religion because I'm a pagan it's because people are being corrupted, they are greedy, and selfish where are the days where people actually cared, the days when we don't have to check the kids Halloween candy, or monitor the kids wherever they go. There is no trust left in this society and it's crumbling. And I welcome it. It's time to begin anew.
Look around, do you feel safe, happy and encouraged by what you see? Laws which do not apply to everyone eventually apply to no one. It's easy to understand if you ever had values. Try to keep one thing in your life sacred and you will see that it is almost impossible given the fact that there are people around you that do not have any values.
I have to say that society's values are almost non existent today. There is little respect for people or property. Anyone over 35 or 40 years of age can tell you just by looking around. People don't stop at stop signs, don't let you out of your parking spot. Park their shopping cart in the middle of an isle and walk away leaving the isle blocked for everyone else. These things show that society is selfish and self centred where in years gone by people would be polite and caring about these things. Today it's all for one and one for one. To hell with everyone else.
Life is not as positive or as easy as it was 25 years ago. We are not improving on anything, just multiplying the "things" we all have to do just to survive. Too much information to sort through and respond to robs us of the enjoyment of work and our lives.
It has become far too acceptable to be a loser in the U.S. It is okay to disrespect others, to be poor, to have children out of wedlock, to marry/divorce/and remarry so many times, in general mediocrity and failure is becoming far too acceptable. Our country is destroying itself by accepting these things as long as people are happy. A murderer is happy murdering people, but that doesn't make it right, A rapist is happy raping, but that doesn't make it right. Nobody wants to take responsibility for their actions, but they still want to do things that require responsibility. There are consequences to every action, and they should be thought through before going through with the actions. It starts with the children, a child born into an insecure home made up of married teen parents who will most likely divorce and start new families will most likely grow up in poverty where the decline of social values is rampant, and then accept these things as a way of life and create the same life for their children and project these atrocities onto the next generation
Yes I believe society as a whole is slowly deteriorating into something I would call an implosion of values and merits. I firmly believe the media plays a large part into what shapes our relations towards another, younger viewers such as teenagers and younger ones alike are more in tune with what is trendy and what is cool than actually learning anything constructive. The family values are slowly diminishing and every day more and more people are beginning to think more as an individual rather than a whole in society. Why? We have nowadays a much more aggressive propaganda on individualism and "do as you please" attitude being leaked out of this new movies, tv shows, news,...Etc It's so intergrated in fact that it shapes everything else around you see. Everything now is "only you , sex, money and power" instead of building a closer tie to family and companionship among our fellow inhabitants in this world, we are slowly separating our identity and virtually simulating a world where everything is possible except true friendship and social values.
Overall I would say yes. That of course modern morals and virtues are decreasing. Ironically I found this site while researching decreasing virtues in modern society for an essay I am writing.
My argument is that modern society lacks the compassion that humans should posses. But if you look at history and scrutinize it you can see that there were a lot of not so compassionate things going on throughout the world. Slavery of lesser races, classes, and religions. And if not slavery then deprivation of basic human moral/ethical rights. Mass genocide. Wars over things that should be a personal choice, not forceful conformity. And so so so much more. But if you look hard enough, you can find few in all eras who have a heart, so to speak. In the end I feel we could still create the most virtuous era yet, but it has to be created. Because none has truly yet existed. But it can be taught and learned. But the problem is what are the criteria? Which virtues should be followed? How do we teach it? We cant brainwash them into it. Or can we brainwash people if its to teach them how to be good? Or does that go against the right to be reason for oneself and freedom of choice?? So many things, so many factors. In the end however, it clear to see the most modern societies are in spiral downward, with lack of knowledge and common sense they plunge glowingly quicker into a hole that the world of today is not prepared nor knows how to pull itself out from. Future generations may be dealing with the worst, but if the worst is all they know, then they will not see they have the worst yet until it is too late. I feel it has become mans destiny to learn a lesson and be reminded that we are not superior we are an intelligent that should have used our advantage to prosper not dominate. But we are still very very small beings. And will be reminded the hard way. We will be our own destruction and our planet will be our reminder and our humbler. As dark as it may sound. I mean it not as horror movie, but it will serve as an example for the future. Mankind through history goes through moments like that Holocaust as an example great terrible moments that serve as a humbler and reminder to us. But now with the rapid spread of like ideals the mankind is more alike each other now than ever before, therefore we will all share the results together and it will be much worse... But it is the result of our own actions. Live, learn and grow. May the good prosper once more.
Today society has taken how we used to view life and turned it into this misleading way of life. Kids are being taught wrong which teaches them to be come rude and ungrateful, selfish, and needy. Today mostly everyone simply wants to strike it rich and not work for anything. This leads to carelessness about life and makes it harder on our government to stand for us. We have become too dependent on so much which has messed with the morals that our grandparents wanted for us.
Today society has lost many of their morals and values and become cruel and materialistic.
We forgot that what give true importance and sense to our lives is to conserve those moral and values. But instead we have change them for materialism and "freedom" and these the reason of our human decay.
The family is the basic building block of society. As it erodes so does society. We read in Duet. 5:16 "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you." If we don't teach our children to honor their father and mother they will likely never honor any authority. This means our children dishonor their teachers, later their employers, law enforcement, the government. And the ending result is that is doesn't "go well with them" and they don't live a long fruitful life.
Society itself is disintegrating. Who is to blame ? System? Then who is system ? I and you? We unfortunately lack vision. We do not anticipate the outcome of our greediness, overambitious (the so called development !!) useless researches. Break something and then study new ways to break. Or how to put that thing together. And so called developers call it milestones in their research !! I think we have had enough of technology advancement. Now it is about time to gift the future human kind with a balanced, healthy values to protect human society and this universe. Come let's love this mother earth and protect our society. I believe there is a conspiracy to shift the entire human society to Mars if not moon! So that this place can be completely transformed to a research lab, whether for technology research or human clones!!
The nuclear family has been disintegrating for decades. Our children are left to fend for themselves while parents pursue their own pleasure. We accept anti-social behavior in our schools and take no active part in educating our children. Courage, honesty and humility have been supplanted by disdain, selfishness and bravado. Adults accept and allow the exposure of their children to violence and sexual promiscuity through what is deemed "entertainment." There are no limits. There is no self-control. Right is wrong. Black is white. Good is bad. We are told that this is progress, that we should accept these changes as a natural evolution of society. Yet we do not do anything about it for we fear a backlash by those that believe political correctness trumps values that are ages old. Pandora's box is open wide and there is little hope of closing it now.
People forget a smile, an small gesture of gratitude, a small tip to a homeless person, a nice word etc can all make the difference to someone else's day. We have become a society that is quick to judge and blame others before thinking we ourselves might be at fault. We distrust each other, refuse to help the needy and put up boundaries between ourselves and our neighbours. If we do help, we expect some form of gratification in return. The truth is, there is a battle between good and evil in all of us. What we feed the most is what shapes our society. The change has to start with the individual.
Every time I go to a public place my ears are assaulted with profanities and f*** this f*** that. Adults, teens, it is the new adjective of choice. No one seems to have any shame anymore, no one cares that women, children or elders may hear them. Since the 1980s, that type of shock / toilet culture is prevalent and has exported itself all around the world.
People today lack values and plain common courtesy. Parents today are afraid to discipline their children for the fear of being accused of child abuse. I feel, at times, they are almost taught in school to question everything their parents do or say to them. Their is no respect for their elders, or others in general. Their values are based, not on the character or moral values of people, but rather on their position or status in society or how much money they make! There is no consideration for the feelings or opinions of others. There is too much technology and fantasy, which nurtures false courage to express the rude thoughts that they wouldn't otherwise express in person and not enough face to face communication and reality.
Technology has taken over our lives and each of us depend on it. Students go to school not looking forward to it. Students used to be willing to go to school to learn. Many of us students rely on technology to give us information and don't really learn the material. If technology ever shuts down, human beings will feel lost in their lives. Technology does makes our lives easier but it decreases our potential and confidence in ourselves causing us to be lazy.
Old people, mostly, think that society's values are deteriorating, because they're used to how it used to be, back in the day. Each person's definition of values differs. Some people believe in slavery still, so, now that we frown upon that, it must be society's problem. Homosexuality is in the same situation. Slowly, people are changing their minds, because they fear what they don't understand. Once they understand something, it softens it and makes it easier to go along with.
Certain moral ideals have changed over time, but that does not necessarily mean that society is becoming more immoral. An obvious example of changing values would be the issue of sex before marriage. Abstinence until marriage used to be fairly popular, but it isn't practiced by many anymore. I just have trouble seeing how this makes society less "noble". It's simply a change that is indicative of open-mindedness and the freedom to make responsible decisions.
Morals & Values have never degraded from our society but we are lacking in expressing them. The most common reason is lack of humanity, yes we have to accept that there are some people in between us who should not called to be human. Now the time has come to re-generate our morals and values among them & if not possible then they should not be a part of our society. Even today we live in a era where we treat our Guest as God so the only thing we need to do is to keep our culture and ethics alive. Our thoughts and emotions should be more modern and true than our cloths and livelihood.
I can only speak for the UK but crime rates are at their lowest in recent decades. Teenage pregnancy is at the lowest it's been since 1969. Yet the media reports the news utilising scare mongering tactics which make people believe that we live in a much darker world then the one we actually live in.Society values are simply changing and people simply don't like change.
As one of those kids; and as many of you know, we don't think all that much about what we do. No, I wasn't born in the 2000s, so maybe I'm not as much of a spoiled brat as the newer generation. BUT what we need to understand is maybe there are some pretty crappy kids. But there are still people who are smart and understanding and compassionate about what's going on in the world. These are the ones who will keep society in check. And while the media is responsible for a lot of this "corruption", it's shown us-the next generation- that being stupid gets you a TV show. And while that's nice and all, we really don't want to be known as "that stupid person on TV who always gets drunk and does stupid things". I have seen certain figures on TV doing exactly that and thought "Yikes. Let's not do that." Also, I know of many bright teens and young adults. As long as there are a fraction of them leading the way, I think we'll do alright.
Fifty years ago we valued our grandparents, honesty and character. Now we value celebrities, the right to have blue hair and to devolve into nothing as a person.
And sadly, people don't perceive that as being a bad thing. People don't value what they aren't aware of what we have lost or how frivolous the things we have 'gained'.