Many parents are so scared of offending their children, children who have become aware on an entirely different level thanks to social media. They are afraid of the threat of Social Services that many of these kids wield because of their abundance of knowledge gained through their uses of social media, when they are left to their own devices by parents who are either too busy making ends meet or are self-gratifying their own various needs instead of interacting with their children on an ethical, moral, and parental guiding level.
Sure, we were all scared of things as kids, but changing the pictures in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and blocking R-rated movies from the 80's is ridiculous. How are kids supposed to realize that scary things can exist if we constantly keep them away from it.
Plus, just try going on Xbox Live without meeting a nine-year old squealing about Call of Duty.
I have been noticing lately that whining, self-pity, drama, and sob stories are EVERYWHERE these days, as though they are perfectly normal, even expected, types of behavior. For example, the other day I was watching a home improvement show on television, and a middle class family was showing the designer around their kitchen and explaining why they needed a makeover. They pointed out such "tragic" circumstances as peeling wallpaper, a crooked drawer, and an oven that could only fit one batch of cookies at a time. The woman then proceeded to wipe tears from her eyes and say through sniffles how hard it was to live with such an awful kitchen. It made me absolutely sick. I wouldn't have had a problem if the family had simply said, "We WANT a new kitchen because we don't like the one we have." That would be honest and mature. But the "water works" and "woe is me's" were totally disgusting. They should be glad they even HAVE a kitchen! There are plenty of people in the world who would be glad to even have a stove, much less a whole kitchen!
Yes, I believe we are raising a generation of whiners in this day and age. We live in a society of instant gratification with the technology we have available now. Kids are very used to getting what they want the second they want it and this ultimately creates a generation of whiners.
You fail parents are raising a generation of great failure because most of you think it's okay to ignore your child and get a babysitter when it is not a dire reason.
Because the majority of adults with children now aren't as smart as their previous generation, you are raising a generation of passive socially adapted kids who have no clue what's going on in the world and why.
How people are raised has more to do with the parents, and less to do with anything else. I do not think that just because some parents allow their children to whine and act very spoiled means that the whole generation is doomed to be considered the generation of whiners. Many parents teach their kids how to depend on themselves and work hard.