Are You Selling the Next Generation Short?

If you’re skeptical of the younger generation, their gadgets, technologies and liberties that you can’t imagine taking now, remember, you were once accused of the same thing.

The below article gives context for why we ALWAYS sell the next generation short. I’ve included one of my favorite quotes from the article that I would call a MUST-READ for perspective.

Simply put, many parents and cultural critics have passed through their “adventure window.” The willingness of humans to try new things and experiment with new forms of culture—our “adventure window”—fades rapidly after certain key points in life, as we gradually settle in our ways. The English satirist Douglas Adams put it this way: “Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”

Consequently, once their adventure window slams shut, many parents, policymakers, or social pundits convince themselves that “the good ‘ol days” are behind us and the current good-for-nothing generation and their new-fangled gadgets and culture are steering us straight into the moral abyss.

Why Do We Always Sell the Next Generation Short? – Forbes.

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