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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.