Daily Archives: March 24, 2013

America and the entitled

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Image links to MailOnline Article

There was also a BBC article for this which this article links to. But if the writers for this see what I see when people in my generation write something there would be no way it could be said to be better. I’m not saying this applies to everyone, but it can be seriously bad.  I’m all for confidence, but where’s the effort it took to attain it? Congrats for being able to copy and paste. I remember the shift to internet. Once you had to find your information by books and encyclopedias. Now you can find information for any point of view with a click of a button. Internet masters!  I was also guilty of this. But the perceived and the reality do not mesh and I think this is a factor. When you copy and paste you don’t need to worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar, or syntax. It’s done for you. There’s also the lovely red underline that let’s you know you spelled something wrong and instead of having to re-write it you just click on the word continually enabling you to not know how to spell it.

But can we ponder for a moment for how we got to the entitled generation?  My theory is that those of us who have no connection to previous wars like WW2 being raised by those of us who have. The mentality is going to be totally different. If you’ve gone through a war where there was a meager supply of everything, you become much more self-sufficient. You do more things for yourself and for others. You fix what is broken. You save. You stretch. You make it work. This help is not helping those of us who haven’t had that experience. It is now the mentality of someone else will take care of it. Buy not fix. Spend and look the part. The hard working generation has been picking up a lot of the slack. Does anyone else not worry about the day they’re all gone? All the knowledge they gained from having to do things for themselves and why something is done a certain way and they probably know a different way just in case.  Not many people want to know the whys any more just the hows so they can get it done.

Well, I’ll get off my soapbox now.

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The Power of Boredom

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Image links to BBC article

Pardon me while I derail for the morning. I’ve hardly ever considered myself to be bored. There was always something I could do and could even keep myself entertained for hours inside. I’ve known a good amount of people who were unable to do this.

“She happily entertained herself with making up stories, drawing pictures of her stories and going to the library.” Dr Belton, who is an expert in the impact of emotions on behaviour and learning, said boredom could be an “uncomfortable feeling” and that society had “developed an expectation of being constantly occupied and constantly stimulated”. But she warned that being creative “involves being able to develop internal stimulus”.”

“The academic, who has previously studied the impact of television and videos on children’s writing, said: “When children have nothing to do now, they immediately switch on the TV, the computer, the phone or some kind of screen. The time they spend on these things has increased. “But children need to have stand-and-stare time, time imagining and pursuing their own thinking processes or assimilating their experiences through play or just observing the world around them.” It is this sort of thing that stimulates the imagination, she said, while the screen “tends to short circuit that process and the development of creative capacity”.