It's been a problem for years Pansy - Japanese males so involved with their video/PC games and strange insular world that they no longer marry and have children - can't cope with women in the flesh. Remember seeing a documentary about it years ago.
I THINK IT'S APPALLING.
I SAW A CHILD OF MAYBE 10 THE OTHER DAY, WHO HAD OBVIOUSLY NEVER OWNED A PET, STROKING A DOG FROM TAIL TO HEAD. THE DOG WAS POLITE BUT CONFUSED. THE CHILD CLEARLY THOUGHT THAT AN ANIMAL CAN BE STROKED IN ANY DIRECTION, JUST LIKE A TOY.
AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE BEGIN TO BE TREATED IN A "VIRTUAL" WAY WITH NO ALLOWANCE BEING MADE FOR REAL FEELINGS?
I AM GLAD THAT I SHALL NOT LIVE TO SEE THIS BRAVE NEW WORLD.
Being unable to interact with people is a problem.
Too many children in nursery and early stage primary school have no idea how to interact with adults or their peer group. They are sat in front of the tv or games on a phone and are unable to sit and listen when they start education.
Our grand daughter has a boy friend. They never meet, they just talk by electronic media. At least she will not get pregnant that way.
It is not new. 30 years ago the Infant School which sent children to the Primary School where I worked, reported that some of their new intake know very few words and most of them went with 'Off' but they all knew how to turn on a TV set.
WE WENT TO A CAROL SING IN A NEARBY PUB LAST NIGHT. A VILLAGE PUB IN A VERY RURAL AREA. THE DEMOGRAPHIC WAS ROUGHLY THIS:
THOSE AGED 0-18, 2 PEOPLE
THOSE AGED 21-30, 10 PEOPLE
THOSE AGED 40-50, 20 PEOPLE
THOSE AGED 50+, 80 PEOPLE
THE ONES IN THE GROUP WHO DIDN'T SING A NOTE, DIDN'T SPEAK TO A SOUL WERE IN THE FIRST GROUP. THEY DIDN'T EVER LOOK UP FROM THEIR ELECTRONIC DEVICES.
EVERYONE ELSE WAS TAKING PART IN A GROUP ACTIVITY, INTERACTING WITH THEIR FELLOW MAN, HAVING A LAUGH, TELLING A JOKE, CATCHING UP ON NEWS OF NEIGHBOURS , OFFERING SYMPATHY WHEN THEY HEARD BAD NEWS AND GENERALLY BEING MEMBERS OF THE HUMAN RACE.
THE UNDER-18S WERE EACH ON THEIR OWN ISOLATED LITTLE PLANET, TALKING TO OUTER SPACE. THEY MIGHT AS WELL HAVE STAYED AT HOME. THE REST OF US WOULD HAVE FELT BETTER IF THEY HAD.
Last edited: 17 December 2016 08:28:19
But most teenagers have always kept themselves to themselves and not socialised across a wider age range ... by just being there they will have absorbed stuff which will come to the fore when their brains have finished re-wiring and they become more social beings.
But I agree with Doghouse - the focus on narrow educational achievement in order to get into uni etc, plus highly anxious and protective parents fuelled by scare-mongering media, is not equipping youngsters to live independent adult lives.
I THINK THEY WERE THERE BECAUSE THE PUB WAS WARMER THAN THEIR HOMES.
THEY SPENT THE WHOLE NIGHT PLAYING GAMES, BUT NOT TOGETHER. THEY DIDN'T LOOK LIKE THEY WERE TRYING TO STRETCH THEMSELVES EDUCATIONALLY.
Sounds like they're learning some of what pubs are about - rest and relaxation They'll learn the other aspects in due time
I SUPPOSE WHAT I FOUND SLIGHTLY IRRITATING WAS THIS.
IMAGINE THAT YOU WENT OUT TO A PARTY OR A DINNER OR SOME OTHER EVENT WHERE PEOPLE CONGREGATE FOR HUMAN CONTACT AND YOU FOUND SOMEONE SITTING DOING THE CROSSWORD IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL, NEVER LOOKING UP, SMILING, SAYING ANYTHING TO ANYONE.
YOU WOULD ASK YOURSELF WHY THEY BOTHERED TO TURN UP IF THAT WAS THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE EVENT, I THINK, WOULDN'T YOU?
I don't recognise these "silent teens" you speak of Pansy. I've got three in my house who never shut up.
Whether it's tales of their day at college/uni/work or a lively discussion or Q&A about current events, I'm often bombarded with chatter. They do chat with friends online as well, just as we do on the forum. It's all about a healthy balance.