Opinion: Each Generation Becoming More Sensitive

Grace Stivers, Photo Editor

Gen Z has had more equal opportunities and when they do not get their way, their world crumbles. This is creating softer and more sensitive generations. 

In today’s generation, many people are taught that intellectual level is the most important factor to focus on, whereas 55 years ago when the Baby Boomer generation was being raised, they focused on mental toughness and physical toughness. Kids played outside more and didn’t stay inside 24/7 playing on technology. Boys were taught to be tough and never to cry. People went on with their lives without letting something small ruin their whole day. 

Before the internet was created, many children played outside from the time they got home from school to the time the street lamps turned on. Today, there are rarely any children outside playing. When kids fell and scraped their knee, they’d get back up and continue to play. 

A national survey, released in 2015 by Pearson, found that 53% of 4th and 5th graders, 66% of middle school students, and 82% of high school students regularly used a smartphone. 40 years ago people did not have cell phones. Some people didn’t even have landlines. Cell phones are causing kids to become more sensitive. Students will receive a “mean” message and claim they are being cyber bullied and get their feelings instantly hurt. A solution to the newer generations being too soft and sensitive is to have children play outside where they can learn social skills and learn to get back up when they fall, rather than staying glued to screens. 

The sensitivity of upcoming generations will continue to get worse and worse as the years go by. In order to stop this from happening, the youth needs to be treated as they were a few decades ago. Responsibility needs to be given back and technology time needs to be limited in order to restore humanity.