As a 20-something year old male who used to work in nightlife in a fairly major American city, I have observed, and learned more from the “hookup culture” than I’d care to admit.
We all go through our party phase and I would never judge anyone because of it – I was right in the middle of it all myself for years. But there comes a point when you mature and grow out of it. The issue is, many people seem to take extra long to do so, if they grow out of it at all.
It does make you think.
It makes you wonder, is this the way things are going to be now? Instead of looking for someone of quality to spend their lives with, are those in our generation and younger just going to be looking for the next fling?
Furthermore, what about all of the children who are being produced by this culture? The thought of marriage before children, or marriage at all, seems to slowly be losing validity.
It seems almost weekly there is a new ultrasound photo on Facebook from a girl who was just partying the weekend before with her yolo’s and her twerkings and whatnot.
I’m sure many young men and women, when faced with this situation, will put the vodka bottles down and become loving, caring parents. Others, will take 9 months off and dive back into the sea of house music and blurred vision because they’ve not yet grown out of it. I can say this because I see it happen on social media all the time.
And, how many of these sets of parents really stay together through the entire pregnancy, and then how long after birth?
The nuclear family is slowly becoming a thing of the past in modern culture. I don’t think it will ever go completely extinct, but it’s certainly more rare.
Where are the values in these generations? Where are the role models?
And the more serious question – what kind of children will be raised by those who, themselves, do not have someone to look up to or learn from? We are witnessing a new generation of kids having kids. I’m waiting for them to produce the sequel to “16 And Pregnant” which I’ll assume they’ll call “32 And Grandparents.”
How will the next generations run our countries and businesses?
We have to be the role models. We have to be the ones our younger brothers, sisters, cousins, and neighbors can look up to.
Our generations, though not much older than the ones after us, need to be the ones who teach our young men it’s their job to respect women – and our young women that it’s their job to give the men something to respect.
It all comes down to respect for yourself and for others. It comes down to standards and setting boundaries for what you’ll accept into your life.
The first step to making positive changes in society, is to make positive changes in ourselves.
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