Warning, this is a sad question...
Do young people, adolescents and young adults, do they have a more difficult time now than previous generations?
When your community is the Internet, where your self-esteem depends on # of followers, unrestrained violence on the news, jobs unstable...on and on. What if we humankind just really need a few young years with a feeling of safety, to strengthen us for the 'real' world?
Eavesdropping on a Blurt Q yesterday, I learned of the HIKIKOMORI; young people who refuse school, retreat to their rooms and may not come out for decades. Hikikomori were first documented in Japan, 1.5 million youngsters so the loss in national productivity is huge. But now they are seen in Korea, Italy, the USA, Great Britain...so I am concerned; are the new generations okay?
Yesterday I also learned the word ANOMIE, "breakdown of social bonds between an individual and the community, resulting in fragmentation of social identity and rejection of self-regulatory values."
Thanks my fellow blur-tees for the birth-day Wishes on Tiger Paw's Question!! Link- http://www.blurtit.com/4523180/guess-who-has-a-birthday-today-skunky-stinkerson-thats-who-lets-go-guys-give-him-a-great - i really appreciate it and i had such a big smile on my face reading your comments. (yet, not one single birth-day wish from people i know in real life, you guys are amazing for that!!)