Cellphones. Computers with instant internet connection. Ipods. Planes. We all live in the most technologically advanced time that our species has ever seen and consequentially, we are the biggest generation of spoiled, self-proclaiming idiots. You walk down any sidewalk, go to any mall, or even walk into any library in America, and you realize that everyone has nonstop information right at their chubby fingertips. Yet, this American generation, of which I myself am apart of, takes it all for granted.
Take planes for example. People complain of the “sardine” packed chairs and the stale chicken dinners. They go on and on about how they had a thirty minute delay. Thirty minutes! When two hundred years ago, the very thought of being able to go from Florida to Arizona in a matter of hours would have been considered as outright blasphemy. In that time, it would have taken years to make a trip of that distance. In truth, it wouldn’t even be considered a “trip,” it would be an absolute pilgrimage because the people that you left with on the journey wouldn’t even be the same group of people when you ended. In fact, it would be the next generation. Even small trips by car, like from Arizona to California, would have taken months instead of the measly six hours it takes today. But, cars are “uncomfortable” and our portable DVD players run out of battery power by the end of the trip. So what. At least you would still be alive when you got there.
In today’s age, cash and checks are not the main accepted form of payment. Instead, everything is purchased with an answer to the question: “Debit or credit?” Purchases of this kind are instant and are always readily available, no matter the time of day. A few decades ago, before “plastic” even existed, you would have to go to the bank, which was only open a couple hours a day, and stand in a long line to get money. There, you would have to stand there and write a check to yourself like a complete idiot and when you ran out of money, that was it, you couldn’t do any cool things anymore. The constant accessibility of technology, for money and for social networking, is completely and utterly taken for granted.
The newest necessity of the younger generation is a cell phone. I have yet to meet a teenager or young adult without one. They throw their cell phones around carelessly and when they pick them up again, they expect them to work. When the cell phones do not, this generation complains about how inconvenient the cell phone is, when only decades ago, phones were only seen hanging on the kitchen wall and heard ringing all by itself on the wall if no one was home. Today, we not only have portable phones in the house with an answering machine that answers a call when no one is home, but we have portable cell phones that we can take everywhere. This miracle is not enough for when this generation tries to send a text and it takes one more second than usual, harsh words and complaints follow. Give it a minute. It is going to space and back! How quickly this generation believes that they inherently deserve all of the comforts of today’s living at such a young age. The amenities allotted to this generation are wasted to the biggest group of spoon-fed, ignorant buffoons this world has ever seen. Maybe this American generation just needs a return to the old times. Maybe, all that they need is just a time to walk in the shoes of the past, donkey and wagon in tow.