When one migrates to The United States of America, their success depends entirely on assimilation. How well can you adapt to the existing structure, and where can you niche in? Never before has a generation born in America struggled with this process. So what happened to the Worst Generation? Thanks to the instantly gratifying world of the internet, they never learned how to assimilate their own culture. Their journey was something new altogether, a process I define as Millennialization.
Millennialization is the process in which an individual reaches adulthood without actually becoming an adult.
Personal development is left in the hands of a mobile device or laptop. Too much information and not enough direction. Without a guiding curriculum, the vast expanse of the internet turns any mind rotten.
Developing adolescents require plenty of face to face interaction. It’s how they learn to play and work together. Being outdoors does wonders for a young mind and growing body. The Millennialization process replaces these with high definition video and the Game boy, robbing the individual of redeemable human qualities.
Symptoms of Millennialization include obesity, forward slumping shoulders, inability to make or maintain eye contact, loss of motivation, marijuana dependence, poverty, loneliness, alcoholism, depression, interest in “New Age” spirituality, veganism, and long term unemployment. The result of Millennialization was the Millennial generation. An entire population who consciously chose staring into a screen over adventure. Online personas replaced actual personalities, and sharing ideology replaced thinking up their own.
Once a person goes through this initiation, there’s no turning back. This is what humans look like when they forego the human experience. Adolescence cannot be replaced with therapy, and there is no magic Gumption Tree. What we can do is spread awareness, and begin cutting ties with the roots of the problem.
There should be an age restriction on social media accounts, eighteen and older only. Get the kids outside, make them talk to each other and adults. Do not put all their homework on a computer screen. Stop promoting narcissism and calling it self esteem. In reasonable doses, bullying and spanking are good for children. Let’s give the next generation a chance. We owe it to the future of the species to ensure that another generation isn’t subjected to the Millennialization process.