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BleachFan

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Hey guys, this has been bugging me for an extremely long time...
In my opinion, society is taking a drastic turn for the worse. More and more people (teenagers included) are smoking and making bad choices that ruin their lives forever. The sad thing is, this is quickly becoming the norm.
Not only that, but our music is pushing us along! Have you LISTENED to some of the trash that's on the radio nowadays? Seriously, I can sometimes hardly believe what I'm listening to. Some may say that only idiots would be influenced by this type of music, and that's what disturbs me, because generations (in my mind) are slowly becoming more and more ignorant.
Society is getting lazier
Society is becoming influenced.
Society is getting worse.
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Corbs

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Actually seems better to me by comparison to my days in high school back in the 80's. Maybe I just don't get out enough.

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BleachFan

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Well, as a teenager involved with many others of his kind, I can safely say that a vast majority of them are making stupid choices and destroying their futures...

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Knux

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I agree, society is getting worse year after year. It sadly does not look like society is going to change for the better. Society was better when I was a kid, and that was in the 1990s! :(

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You know, most of my friends were high 90% of the time and I didn't think many of them would amount to squat. But oddly enough, most of them did. Teenagers are just teenagers. I partied my butt off in high school and college and after awhile I grew out of it just like most of my buddies did.

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BleachFan

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I agree with most of what you said Corbie, but I can also say that making choices like that is a gamble. Not EVERYTHING can turn out okay in the end. Some consequences can be irreversible (having a child, getting arrested etc.)

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Oh I agree, but people have been taking those chances since long before I was around. Teenagers think they know it all and that's the way it's always been. I was the same way. I didn't listen to anyone. I just feel fortunate that I got out alive and I hope others won't push it too far as well.

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Gabbo

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BleachFan888 wrote:

Well, as a teenager involved with many others of his kind, I can safely say that a vast majority of them are making stupid choices and destroying their futures...

Whew! For a minute there I thought you had said things were getting WORSE.

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BleachFan

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@Gabbo: Don't forget, children commonly look up to adults as role models. When these people grow up, the influence that they have on children will be horrible. Eventually there won't be many people with common sense...

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People get common sense when they mature and grow into adults. You'll start seeing the world differently when you get tossed into it head first. :D Then you begin to realize how naively you viewed things back when you were younger. You'll also long to go back and have that view again instead of seeing things for what they really are. Common sense comes from experience, and young people just haven't had enough to see the big picture. You will...and so will they.

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BleachFan

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For the sake of the future, I hope so...

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astarisborn94

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Society is getting worse. Most males that I know that are my age curse regularly, my brother included. Behavior is also getting worse in school, plus grades are getting worse then ever. I am one of those few exceptions to strive to excell in school.

I hate the new kind of musics with a passion. Rap, hip-hop, metal, heavy metal, and even death metal are killng off more innocent type of musics, such as Christian, country, orchrastra, and even video games musics are being negitively influenced.

Society was better when me, SuperSonic1990, Corbie, Adam, and Stuffgamer1 was around. Much better.

It seems that the only companies that are fighting against this trend are Nintendo and Hudson Soft. Everything else is going bad.

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The world is much more health conscious now. You can't smoke in public places hardly at all, and when I was young, people walked down the mall smoking and in grocery stores. Heck, when I was in high school, they had a smoking section on campus for students outside in the courtyard. So at least that is better now.

And everyone is "going green" now and being earth conscious. Hell we'd drive down the highway in an oil-burning Mustang tossing used batteries out the window and burning old tires at party bonfires. :P

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BleachFan

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One thing you haven't quite touched on yet Corbie is the music of today...
How does that compare to ...um...back then?...Cuz I know I only listen to the classical rock stuff and "oldies." I personally think that the music of today is becoming garbage..What do you think?

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Machu

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"Is Society Really Declining?"

Ask me again in 50 years yeah. Sorry, but that is a stupid question. There are many many factors to take into account, and none of us have been alive long enough to truly gauge an answer.

The earth isn't burning in it's own sin just yet, caaalm down. :)

EDIT: Having said that, if I spend half an hour on youtube, i lose all hope and resign myself to despair.

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strade

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YES! Society is terrible. It only gets worse and worse year after year. The things society does... I just don't understand. That is why I prefer to be alone rather than with people.

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I love the music I listen to. Of course it's not always terribly nice, but I don't listen to it for the lyrics much anyway. I love Godsmack, Seether, Hatebreed, Theory of a Deadman, Papa Roach, and a lot of the 80's stuff I used to listen to. Just avoid the music that offends you. That's what I do. They griped about Ozzy and Megadeth back in my day because they said the lyrics made people want to get high and kill themselves. I listened to it and I didn't get high and I think it's apparent I didn't kill myself. :) A lot of it is perception.

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JoeDiddley

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Society is not in decline. As mentioned earlier in this thread people's health & the environment are taken more seriously. People's aspirations & expectations have increased too.
Because of modern technology we have access to more & more knowledge. However, because of the modern media we hear of more and more stories of the bad things that (always) happen in the world.
I'm a fan of pre-war blues music but every year is the best year for music - and the arts generally. You have access to what is new AND what came before.

"I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words... When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise [disrespectful] and impatient of restraint" (Hesiod, 8th century BC).

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KoKoO_Psy

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The way I see it, people, the world, and all of the above haven't and don't change. The only thing that changes are our circumstances. The world has been ending for the past 5000 years. The world being round, electricity, radio, television, rock n roll, video games and the internet have all had their place as the destroyers of society. But we continue to do just fine.
Western society has been the same for so long, no one knows anything different. Really, it is western society that is the plague. But the world won't change even so.

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JoeDiddley

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"What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?"
(Plato, 427-347 BC)

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