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NMU CARES — President Brock Tessman shares his feelings on the universitys new CARE Team. Photo Courtesy of Northern Michigan University
Letter to the Editor — Our New CARE Team
Brock TessmanFebruary 23, 2024

The world won’t wait while we Tweet about it

Some days, I’m ashamed to be a part of my generation.

Savanna Hennig
Savanna Hennig

During the summer, I earn minimum wage as a hostess at a restaurant. I warmly greet customers, show them to their tables, and then often clean up after them after they pay their check and leave. But all too often, I watch groups of young people glue their eyes to technology during dinner.

I’ve seen young adults ignore their families and instead, focus on social media. Absorb whatever their friends post on Twitter or Facebook.

It seems to me that my generation would rather spend merciless hours with mindless technology than talk face to face with people. I can only imagine what opportunities are missed due to an extreme lack of awareness of what’s actually going on in the world.

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My peers constantly disappoint me when I ask them about their opinion on politics, the economy, or even the daily news.

Despite having such easy access to current events via their Wi-Fi fueled laptops or phones, my fellow young people have virtually no opinion on anything going on in the world. Why?

I’ve gotten such responses as “I don’t know,” or “I really don’t care,” followed by the instantaneous return of nursing the technology they hold in their hands.

The passiveness upsets me. I feel that there’s no drive to contribute to the world anymore, no concern over what’s actually happening.

What’s scary is that the same people now have the ability to vote. That is, if they care.

I get it, it’s hard. The issues that exist in the world are complicated and difficult to solve. Browsing YouTube and Twitter is easy; taking an Instagram or Snapchat selfie is easy, watching television is easy.

But let’s take a look at television today. Competitions involving whoever wants to date Prince Harry or near pointless programs about catty housewives of big cities are making huge profits simply because our young population eats it up. I really can’t name many people my age to actually watch the news anymore because “watching news is boring.”

There are so many things happening in the world, and our young adults don’t care. There are families in America losing their homes because they couldn’t pay a loan. Families in India are losing young daughters to gang rape. Adults on death row in Sudan because they’re Christian. And this is all from simply scrolling a Yahoo news feed on a Friday morning.

Yet I constantly watch young adults here complain about such small issues, like having no Wi-Fi access. When compared to problems like gang rape, I get disgusted at how ill informed we can be. Or even just unconcerned.

We don’t realize how big of an impact on the world we could make if we simply put down social media and do something.

Millennials are showing less and less concern for current events, even though we outnumber the Baby Boomers. Debt-filled economics and politics are slowly becoming more and more stacked against us simply because we don’t show concern over the issues at hand. We could do great things. But only if we care.

So, I guess in a few years, we’ll be watching the world turn against us via Buzzfeed.

But then again, we probably won’t care.

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