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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Almost every area of human life and moral actions seem to be getting better. Crime has decreased. Education is up. Everywhere that has secularism tends to do better than before. Average murders are going down. I honestly don't understand why people seem to think otherwise. The only guess is that there has been some kind of false perception of the past and how it must have been some amazin gkind of moral place. But it simply isn't true.
The values in our society aren't all that low. Its just a hidden, perhaps due to smoke, blood and alcohol, but they are there. What our elders call rebels are what we call brave. I mean, admit it, we are young will and free, only because we understood the meaning of life when they favored their oblivion, scared self. They too must have been rebels. They too must have disrespected the people around them. Its human nature not declining values. It is simply obnoxious to believe just because we have access to better equipment that we have in the end rid ourselves of values. Everyone here is correct. They aren't declining , our values just evolving, taking a new turn is all. We all do say change is good then why shall we resist this one? This too isn't all that bad. For example just take me. I still have family dinners, I still help an old women cross roads, I still wanna donate my viable body parts when I die (that I now can due to the development in our society). I still fight wrong and favor the right. The only thing that's changed is the way of doing stuff. Now instead of going around in the rays of sun chasing people who did wrong, I rather use the forums on our beloved social networks to convey my message however is that wrong? Rather than waiting for two days to talk to my father out of town, I chat with him using whatsapp. I Skype with him while having dinner, I just believe, values can never, ever go away because is it after all built i us, emotions, I mean, they cannot go away. All that can happen is that, it can evolve or change. But you cannot stop it, after all, change is inevitable.
I think we have not lost our culture and still have it within our roots .People don't see it and critisise. Even though we wear western dresses all the time but we still find people wearing traditional dresses during weddings and festivals.We have not lost our values and still have them within us
I can't really see any deteriorating values. Maybe they are fading out or changing but yesterdays values need not be tomorrow's. If we use premarital sex as an example we can clearly see that it was historically dangerous and not practical, but due to things such as birth control, family planning, condoms etc it is possible to safely(almost) have premarital sex. Therefore that value no longer makes any sense. Does that mean it deteriorated? In the true sense of the word yes, but it is does to say that this deterioration is negative as implied by many.
So often do generation X-ers and before forget how life was in their day. Baby boomers notoriously criticize their offspring for being "lazy, ungrateful, disrespectful, and in need of instant gratification", yet, forget about their own sexual, social, and political rebelliousness only a few decades ago. As for young people today, we are accustomed to instant gratification because it's finally possible. Forever gone are the days where one would have to look up a word's definition in a paper dictionary, or visit a physical bank to know the status of your account, or wander bars, clubs, and streets in the endless hope of finding a date. Now, it can all be done instantly; why shouldn't it be? We're not naïve to the fact that a goal combined with hard work and diligence gets you a better shot at success. Nor do we think that having zero social skills is a ticket to meeting friends and forming relationships. As every other comment here states, society is evolving - not changing. And human nature will always stay the same. The question now comes down to you: Will you evolve? Or will you continue to reminisce about the "good ole' days" while slowly making yourself less productive, less useful, and more obsolete to our rapidly expanding society?
It is a fact that all cultures change and it is also a fact that elders think that younger generations are bound for destruction because of it. Aristotle said it. Nietzsche, Voltaire and others were also concerned, but life goes on. This progressive, seasoned-human being seems to be an exception to the rule. Knowledge is progression and progression is knowledge,
It is simple, societies evolve towards something that works best. If it satisfies the people and increases happiness, then society will integrate it and discard what doesn't work. Some old elements may remain in society that neither harm nor benefit, just like males have nipples even though they are useless. Society is just like a lab, in which we experiment with each other and find evidence for our values.
Are the values we supposedly lost really values? That is a better question to ask.
Lets start with something simple. Deviation is not deterioration. The previous generation may be thinking, oh the kids these days are extremely obnoxious and do not talk with discretion, but the fact that there is a higher level of graduates at any time in history shows that society is not "lost". Two generations back, they would have viewed the current older generation as having deviated from their beliefs and values, and because this question is only generally answered from the more "experienced and mature" side of the population, the question cannot be fully evaluated. People being older doesn't necessarily mean that their views are the most proper, just as certain individuals once bloomed in the older generation, such will also happen with the new generation. The nature of the question is tied with deterioration, which is almost neglecting the fact that there are more and more young rising talents, and only evaluating the "lower tier" of our society. The younger generation has only deviated from the norms viewed by the older generation.