reply to post by Dalarn
How about looking at these factors for starters:
Increased exposure to crime, violence, and sex at much earlier ages (tv, video games, radio)
Lack of parental supervision (more broken families, more families with both parents working, and even when the parents are around they are too busy
Lack of disciplinary action (not just from parents, but from schools) -and when there is action taken, it is taken for the wrong reasons. When a
child gets suspended for making a gun out of a pop tart, but a rapist is allowed back into school because of a "right to education", it sends a
Escalation-just like we see in normal crime, the need to do something bigger and badder than the last guy who uploaded it to youtube.
A society which has continuously moved toward materialistic rewards rather than spiritual (and by that, I am not simply implying Christianity, but any
spirituality.) The whole idea that we are nothing but dust when we die implies enjoy it while you are alive at any cost because there is nothing
A general loss of morals in society-the kids are simply acting out what they see in the world around them. Theft, murder, cheating, lying, etc, have
become acceptable means to any end.
Lack of truly positive role models- No more Joe Friday's, Andy Griffiths, or good ole boy scout Superman. Everyone has at least on severe character
flaw, which is deemed acceptable. There's no longer any hero's to truly look up to and emulate.
I could probably come up with a few others, but those are a good start.