Listening to, I think, Kresta in the Afternoon yesterday.
They were bemoaning how kids didn’t seem to socialize out in big, random groups anymore– they would spend time with smaller groups of friends, but there wasn’t any “hey everyone is going to this place, come hang out” type socializing. Younger kids would do it some, but the older they got the more set they became on only associating with the same group.
This went into how much social media kids are using, especially at a young age.
At a different point during the conversation, they mentioned how the culture is increasingly hostile to Christian principles– it’s not enough to, say, keep your nose out of what someone else is doing. If you are, oh, a Catholic who won’t help celebrate homosexual unions, you can’t be allowed to sell produce at a farmer’s market. And so on.
The idea that these might be connected was not raised.
When I was a teen, the “bullying” situation was pretty bad. Admit to something that wasn’t cool, or fail to say the right words, and you’d get a hard time.
It’s now moved up to physical assaults not being unusual, teachers will get in on the act, and a much wider range of things are unacceptable– you’re a girl who doesn’t want a guy showering with you after gym, no matter how he “identifies”? You are a hater and might even be suspended.
You get recorded saying something that can possibly be construed as badthink? You might get death threats when it’s put on line. You might even end up with a mob outside your house, if you’re old enough that it’s not “just” public shunning at the place you are required to spend most of your waking hours each weekday.
Memes that were made ten years ago as parody are now being re-created– in all seriousness.
The kids that want to avoid becoming targets are going to hide. Same as the adults.