The "Kids These Days" Effect: Every generation thinks the new generation is deficient – a tendency tracing back to at least 624 BCE. This fascinating new study looks at why this might be the case.
Ever muttered "kids these days" b/c you think the younger generation is not as respectful, intelligent or well read as your generation was? Turns out you're wrong and there's a scientific explanation for your ignorance, as revealed in this new research.
Our beliefs about younger generations reveal more about us than them. Why every generation complains about "kids these days": -We project our present qualities onto youth of the past -We notice others' weaknesses where we have strengths #TuesdayThoughts
Fascinating from and on the tendency for adults to grumble about "kids these days"
Kids these days: Why the youth of today seem lacking
As and I wrote in #TheCoddling, "Each generation tends to see the one after it as weak, whiny, and lacking in resilience." New evidence on WHY that's always been true:
Fascinating "kids these days" effect: Authoritarian people especially think youth are less respectful of their elders, intelligent people especially think youth are less intelligent, well-read people especially think youth enjoy reading less.
How we perceive "the kids these days" partly reflects our own standing on the traits we choose to focus on, and in some cases, a biased memory of our own past. Great paper by John Protzko and Jonathan Schooler, just published.
Older people think youth these days are worse because they compare the youths' abilities to their own [individual] prized strengths, thus making it feel like there is a decline between age groups
Kids these days: Why the youth of today seem lacking
"kids these days" plaint is a product of 1) a person-specific tendency to notice the limitations of others where one excels, (2) a memory bias projecting one’s current qualities onto the youth of the past. + negativity bias: why bad is stronger than good
Kids these days: American adults believe today’s youth are in decline; Authoritarian people especially think they’re less respectful; intelligent people especially think youth are less intelligent, & well-read think they enjoy reading less #SocSciResearch
2 mechanisms contribute to humanity’s perennial tendency to denigrate kids: (1) person-specific tendency to notice limitations of others where one excels, (ii) memory bias projecting one’s current qualities onto youth of past
"2 A memory bias projecting one’s CURRENT qualities onto ( most or ALL ) the youth of the past When observing current children we compare our biased memory to the present and a decline (seems to) appear" via by
The kids are alright. Their elders seem a bit full of themselves.
Kids these days: Why the youth of today seem lacking
"1 A person-specific tendency to notice the limitations of others ( in areas ) where one excels. This may explain why "the kids these days" effect has been happening for millennia" see 2 also ( NEXT tweet ) via by