“Underwhelmed By it All”

8 Aug ’06

The LA Times looks at the boredom of crowds: young people seem to be adrift in ennui. The pitch is that this is surprising, given the enormous breadth of entertainment options available to them: “With their vast arsenals of electronic gear, they are the most entertained generation ever. Yet the YouTubing, MySpacing, multi-tasking teens and young adults widely seen as Hollywood’s most wanted audience are feeling — can it be? — a bit bored with it all.”

This is a surprise? Surely the obvious answer is that kids are bored today precisely because they are constantly entertained or playing with toys – activities that take them away from struggle, challenge and the search for deeper meaning. I wonder if we aren’t creating a generation of life-long adolescents.

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