Every generations youth has had to face problems in society and in dealing with life itself. Todays youths are no different as they must face a multitude of problems in growing and finding their way. Technical, Industrial and environmental changes have presented unique challenges making life both easier and more difficult for today’s young people.
One of the biggest problems facing young people today is single-parent households that fall below the minimum income level. Since the 1950s, the rate of single-parent families has been increasing with women in most cases being the primary caregivers and heads of households. It is a difficult task for one person to raise a family and maintain a full-time job, especially when that job only pays the minimum wage. In addition, some single parents must work more than one job or work extra hours to make ends meet, which brings about even more problems. Children left alone or in the care of a baby sitter most of the time lack quality time spent with the parent which can lead to emotional problems down the road.
Technology seems to have presented another growing problem among todays youth. Social media problems among teenagers that include social anxiety, depression, violence, under age drinking and early pregnancy have in some cases been attributed to excessive use of online social networking. How many times haven’t we heard about a young person being led to suicide because of things being said on social media.
These are just two of the biggest problems facing todays young people. There are varying opinions as to what can be done to help make things better. Some people believe that more interaction on a personal level helps develop a better social attitude that strengthens the social skills needed for a healthy interaction in society.
It may be difficult but try to spend more quality time with your children and try to show them better ways to spend their personal time than immersed in social media.