I just don't see it. I have three kids, ages 26, 21, and 19. They are not as described. Neither are their friends.
They are hard workers, they are not vain, they have healthy social lives, and stable long term relationships.
Two of them have a Facebook account, which is basically used to keep touch with their american family members only.
They were exposed to video games just as much as anyone else. Still play once in a while.
But overall, they seem much more balanced than I and my entourage were at their age! Bunch of X gen'ers, we were doing drugs, drinking, spending our
time at punk rock gigs or giant wild parties....relationships were unstable and unconstructive, we had all these issues with our parents, who were in
the majority, absentees.
We'd work, but crappy jobs, for short periods of time....we had no plans for the future, no hope in it....hey, it sounds like you were describing MY
The kids today are so much more aware of social issues, and appreciate the value of solidarity. They have creative minds that can process more
information than we could at their age. A few years back, when travelling with our kids, it was funny to have our youngest act as a tour guide in
Italy, describing the places and their history, when he'd never been there! How did he know so much? Video games.
I am not so pessimistic. I see potential. I like young people in general and love watching their minds grow.
If you are young yourself and feel this discouraged, perhaps that is just a sign of your own social conscience.
We were A holes and never reflected on that at all.