How to Look


One of the contributions MTV made to society was that it told everyone nationally, at one time, what was going on and what looking hip looked like. It became easier to fit in, which was very compelling to teenagers.

Thanks to advancements in technology kids today benefit from plenty of information about how to look and how to fit in.

bad-acne-scarsAnd technology has provided more — we see stuff like this ( —-> ) a lot less than we used to, no?

It must have been crushing to one’s self esteem.

It’s relatively easy nowadays to have the hair and skin tone one wants, and there’s plenty of info about how to dress, even on a tight budget. It is so easy for kids to fit in today that it actually makes it cool to be an individual — to break free of those rules in an inventive way. Great stuff.

But there’s a darker side. It has also become more competitive. Now we all can see and gauge our popularity in plainly quantifiable ways. Whether counted in facebook likes, Twitter followers, or Instagram posts we are now the subjects of votes about what we do or say, or maybe even things others post about us. The counts are displayed in integer numbers for all to see.

And make no mistake, it IS a competition some, particularly kids, are engaged in and paying close attention to. This is the reality kids grow up with now.

There’s been a lot of pushback recently from people saying that the schools are too soft. That kids need to get a bad grade, or get red marks on a paper when the work isn’t up to par. People complain that kids don’t have to deal with failure. As usual, the older generation has no clue what’s really going on — no clue what kids are paying attention to. The reality is they are judged every day in a manner that they understand and that most of their parents are nearly oblivious to.

And you know what? They will figure it out, and they’ll be okay, just like we were.

3 Responses to “How to Look”

  1. 1 Working Title Software April 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    It can be hard, but a lot of parents just don’t communicate with their kids, they don’t treat their kids as though their opinions might be based on information and logic.

  2. 2 David Stewart May 6, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Agreed. Communication is vital. Real listening is at the heart of it.

  1. 1 The Selfie | Just a job to do Trackback on February 11, 2014 at 3:24 pm

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