To some extent yes. We are rewarded for "softer" behavior, so we get softer. I don't have time for video games, I can tie a tie, change a tire, ride a motor cycle, and use tools to build or fix things as needed... But so can my sisters.
My dad says fitness is not possible anymore. He is an older man, and he is much more physically able than many of my school mates. We are encouraged to stay fit, but we are also encouraged to seek a life of luxury, and laze. These conflicting ideals combined with the obsoletion of ever going outside, or engaging in physical activity, has caused low ambition in many of us. Why go out and seek luxury, when so many of us can sit and be waited on, already? Even now I can- if I wanted to- take all of my classes online, order my food over the phone, work sitting down, and drive any distance rather that walk. Women will not see a problem with this lifestyle, so all of my needs would still be met.
Further: I can live vicariously through the screen. I watched a disney add with the little ones, about a little girl who visited a native american camp, saved a life, stopped a war- she did all of these things on her computer (game). She was playing Pocahontas. It made me think: The real Pocahontas was a little girl when she saved the real John Smith. She'd been 12, and prepubescent, and she did it for real. Can you imagine any one her age doing that today? It would never even be suggested that a first world child or teen ever strive to take action for their beliefs beond holding a picket sign.
Only a few centuries ago, it was that same action oriented behavior that caused this country (USA) to be born. When we can be super heroes without leaving our couch, or missing out on the beer nuts in our laps, why go out and do anything? Actions are often discouraged by our elders, and our laws, and it's not rewarded most times, and it's easier to stay home and live in luxury. Of course many of us are getting soft.
· 10 years ago