When my son finished kindergarten, he couldn’t read anything at all yet.  His teachers were screaming as if their hair was on fire because he sang the alphabet as he damn well pleased and if he didn’t know a word he just made one up.  We took him to Kumon (hey, there is no problem that can’t have money thrown at it) and they gave him their standard battery of test and promptly ushered us out the door.  Their worksheets started waaaaay above his level.

I bring this up because nine years and change later, my son has decent reading skills yet has largely eschewed social media.  He has had a smartphone since he was nine because we wanted to be able to reach him while he went exploring with friends or alone.  He frequently forgets or loses it or lets it die.  He has class blogs and phone notifications to follow for homework, but he is not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.  He watches YouTube without a login.  He is a ghost.  Apparently, to some psychologists, this means he will take over the world at 25.

Just kidding. One psychologist is calling his generation the iGeneration (or iGen) and thinks that smartphones and social media are ruining his entire generation.

One day he just blurted out that he isn’t interested in social media.  I asked him why.  He just shrugged and mumbled something about “all the problems” but he wouldn’t elaborate.  He isn’t a very vocal guy sometimes.  I think he is referring to cyber-bullying and communication problems via text medium.  He is playing it safe because he often doesn’t understand things.  He frequently solves problems by avoiding them in the first place.

This from the article struck me as a little weird:

But only about 56 percent of high-school seniors in 2015 went out on dates; for Boomers and Gen Xers, the number was about 85 percent.

I have mixed feelings reading this.  I have always encouraged getting out and exploring and he has much face time with friends.  Still, he may be isolating himself (or not).  I am not pushing social media on him; it is totally up to him if he wants to brave it.  He says he doesn’t talk to people at school.  Maybe this is part of it.  I don’t know, but I think that I am finally old enough not to understand young people.  I also think that GenX’s obsession with keeping them from doing anything wrong is keeping them from doing anything at all.  Then again, I also hear that suburban high schools are riddled with drugs.  Surely they aren’t doing these alone?

Let’s hear it for:

  1. Social Misfits – Should be plenty of these.  So-called “teen angst” is a feature, not a bug.  the iGeneration may have it rougher than we think if they aren’t even bothering to date.
  2. Online Obsession – Surely, by now, there are songs about cyber addiction, selfies and people that look like anime.
  3. Unplugged – Acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolins, etc.  Cut the cord!

Your playlist:

Here are your dedications:

Santino – Jeremy

Thrill – Selfies

WVR – I Miss You

Zurvan – Wayfaring Stranger

Grendel – Precious Things

19 comments

  1. Yet another case of pfluffy and Mrs Thrill agreeing on something. I always refer to them as Gen Z. Mrs Thrill hates that term and insists that they’re the iGeneration.

    Whatever you call them, I adore them.

    Angsty! This one’s more of an older Millennial (Gen Y) anthem, but it’s reliable.

    Teenagers by My Chemical Romance – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6EQAOmJrbw

    Techie! You have to throw in some Minecraft music.

    Back to Hack – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPYDVdmoP9E

    Unplugged.

    I’m going with something incredibly politically incorrect that uses an acoustic guitar. From what Mrs Thrill is telling me, iGeneration might be the one that finally kills PC. She says that it’s not uncommon to hear them say, “You’re an SJW!” to each other as an insult. I love it.

    One in a Million by GNR – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9B7hgSztA0

  2. Thrilla watches “Friends” on Netflix all the time with her mother. They both thought this was completely insane when I told them about it. I really want to fast-forward a few years and get this stupid decade over with because it’s now undeniable that the Millennial generation can no longer be trusted with pop culture. They’ve fucked up almost everything, especially comedy and sci-fi.

    Offended by Everything – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag-gHf7WFrI

    You see what I’m talking about when it’s young people who are making videos like this…and mostly younger kids watching.

  3. Well, they are musically challenged and I do think that they have put a damper on comedy.

    And how. I get exasperated with parents who I know listen to good music and yet only have their kids listen to Radio Disney garbage. My kids have always listened to the exact same music Mrs Thrill and I do.

    Hell, my kids listen to the same music YOU guys do since lots of DJ thread fare ends up in our Amazon music library. Thrill Jr recently got into AC/DC through you guys. I don’t like them that much, but I happily blast it for him in the car.

    You want your kids to have good taste? You must OWN the responsibility for teaching them the arts. Don’t leave it to radio or their idiot friends.

    Give them some of this shit and profit:

    The Chain by Fleetwood Mac – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDG2m5hN1vo

  4. Sheesh, I worked way, way harder on this than I should have. I knew System of A Down’s Chop Suey used some unusual stringed instrument during the chorus and couldn’t figure out what the hell it was. Took me over an hour to find it.

    It’s a bouzouki. I can move on with my life now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSvFpBOe8eY

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