It is not easy to be a youth living in the 21st century. Why do I say so? Life
cannot be so different from our parents' time, can it? But it is. The new
challenges facing youths today are brought about by the changes in society and
the modern lifestyle.
A major problem youths face today is linked to today's
competitive education system. From a young age, we have to spend hours of our
day studying first at school, then at tuition classes leaving us little time to
relax and play. The exam-oriented school environment gives us no space to pursue
our interests. We are constantly reminded that we have to perform well in order
to compete for a place in a good university. Trying to meet the expectations of
teachers and parents causes us great stress.
Another serious problem facing young people today has to do with the
electronic media. Firstly, there are plenty of addictive computer and digital
games that vie for our attention. Many youths have given in to temptation and
find that they are unable to stop playing late into the night. Similarly, youths
get addicted to social networking on sites like Facebook and Twitter. The result
is difficulty juggling their online social activity and other important tasks
such as studying.
These modern times have also created major problems for youths in the area of
moral values. Young people these days are confused about what is right and
wrong. Our parents and teachers may teach us traditional values. But in reality,
society's moral standards have dropped drastically. This is reflected in
television reality shows that encourage selfishness and backstabbing. No one
bats an eyelid nowadays at the increasing
violence and loose morals shown in movies. People live together before marriage.
Divorce and abortion is no longer frowned upon.
Criminal actions are glamorized. It is no wonder that we are confused. Making
decisions has become a big problem for us.
All in all, life for the youth of today is more challenging than before. Some
of the main problems we face are the competitive education system, the
allure of the electronic media and the
confusing moral standards. When we make mistakes, parents and teachers have to
guide us, not scold and punish us. Patience and understanding will ease our
burden and encourage us to communicate more meaningfully with the adults who
care about us.