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Why are people getting so much lazier by the decade?

Asked by KateTheGreat (13635points) March 23rd, 2011

I can’t help but notice how lazy people are getting. I walk into my classes every single day, watching people scurry to get things done, or just blow everything off. I know modern technology has basically taken over the world, but whatever happened to work ethic? Don’t people want to be better than the generation before them? I was raised to work hard at everything and now that I look around, I feel like I’m putting too much into what I do. A lot of people in my generation party, do drugs, have sex, and don’t care about their futures. It disturbs me greatly!

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woodcutter's avatar

I notice this also and I can only guess that it may have something to do with a lack of work ethic, but I’m not sure so i will follow this with interest. I’m in my 50’s and have seen this going on probably longer than you have been breathing. Interesting someone as young as you see it too.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

People tend to work because they need to, not because of some work ethic. In the past, people simply needed to work more. I’d be wary of such nostalgia.

Coloma's avatar

The old double edged sword, too much ambition can be just as bad as not enough.

Every generation has gaps in their peer development and everyone is an individual.

Many people are late bloomers in life, not really ‘getting it together’ til they are well into their 30’s or 40’s even on many occasions.

Nothing new really.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@KatetheGreat College isn’t really the best time to judge people – they aren’t kids, but they aren’t adults. Wait a few years, and many will change rather drastically.

woodcutter's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs Of course people work out of necessity, as do I. But what I mean is the quality of work they do while there. Everything paying the same, too many will opt for doing the least amount ,using the least amount of effort possible to get by and that has become the norm. It’s sad as those who are like this, (you know who you are), think people who care about their work are odd and will defend their practices vigorously. Instead of using some of that vigor on the job (this means putting away the phone and just do your job), they would justify slacking and letting the other few who do care, carry them. You’ve seen this happen. Ever try to get any help, (useful help), at a Home Depo from anyone under 40 yrs of age? That’s what I mean by work ethic. It’s more than just showing up.

Haleth's avatar

Work and fun are only satisfying when they’re balanced. You can get a feeling of accomplishment from a job well done just like you get a great feeling from a day of relaxing. When I first got to college, I spent as much time relaxing as possible because my parents kept my nose to the grindstone in high school. Ha, that backfired big time! Now I’m finding self-motivation a few years later. It can take a while to figure it out.

augustlan's avatar

I don’t think this is necessarily true. I’m quite a bit older than you (43), and for at least as long as I can remember, there has always been a large group of people who don’t ‘go the extra mile’. The important thing is to not let that stop you from giving your all, anyway. It’s worth it!

mattbrowne's avatar

On average this doesn’t seems to be the case. Workaholism is on the rise too. Why do young adults become lazy? One answer: rich parents who grant them too many wishes. Antidote: Although parents could afford it they have to tell their kids to get a part-time job or summer job so they can buy this or that. That’s what we did. You want a car? Well, we won’t buy you one. You want a fancy vacation? Well, we won’t pay for this.

ninjaapantz's avatar

I agree that work ethic isn’t what it used to be but excessive partying, drugs & sex doesn’t mean they are lazy. To me it just screams insecurities & immaturity. It seems like they lack insight & maybe the skills to deal with their problems. That they’re screaming for attention & lack self worth.

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