Take a good look at this picture of a group of 20 somethings at Starbucks this morning. I watched and photographed them for several minutes, during which time not one of them looked up or even acknowledged one another. Welcome to 2015. I would not want to be their age for anything right now. Why?
1. They don’t ‘talk’ to each other as conversation is now done primarily via thumbs. (The last time I actually used mine was to hitchhike).
2. I would miss the anticipation of waiting days for handwritten letters from someone I love. (Now I could hook-up or break up instantly via Facebook.)
3. I wouldn’t be able to get the 6 o’clock News in one, nicely, digestible, half hour. (It would bombard me 24/7 on Twitter.)
4. I couldn’t say the bill ‘got lost in the mail.’ (It would be sent directly to my Inbox.)
5. I couldn’t have a wild time at that private party knowing it would stay private. (By morning, my hat dance routine would be viral on Instagram.)
6. My boredom tolerance would be zero, my curiosity likely non-existent and my sense of allegiance to country, place and home not even a memory. (Thanks to politicians and lawyers, I can’t say the Pledge of Allegiance but can read Lolita, just not the Bible, in class.)
7. Most anything I say would be politically incorrect. (Now I would either have to pretend I like everybody– no matter how wacky– or simply remain mute.)
8. I would neither be able to remember nor mourn my innocence. (Thanks to the Internet it would never exist.)
9. My moral compass would be all screwed up. (Instead of offering me a bowl of popcorn for the movie, Mom might well ask if I want to, ‘smoke a bowl.’)
10. I would likely still be living with my parents! (My college degree wouldn’t get me a job and even if it did I still couldn’t afford to live on my own.)
And a sense of gratitude? Don’t get me started. Many of my friends say they wouldn’t want to be younger simply because they have, “Been there. Done that.” Truth is I haven’t been ‘there’ or ‘done that’ at all. And I sure wouldn’t want to be there doing it NOW. What’s your take?