These are trying times for America’s youth. While youth-related issues are not exactly new, these days, the country’s problems with the young are increasing. Many teens are dropping out of school and instead get involved with gang violence and trafficking drugs. These teens are seen as disobedient, rebellious and rude to authority.
They are viewed to be amoral and full of anxieties, and most are uninterested in community ideals and social issues. The youth of today are not into rules, the norms, and traditional values. Due to these problems, many would come to an agreement that teenagers today fail to participate effectively regarding communication or social interaction.
The general concept is that the youth’s views, consciousness are different from mainstream society. A community’s institutions have this belief that the social climate is at ease and there is nothing wrong with it. For them, the problem lies with the young—they remain atypical to social units. Whether you perceive this as true or false, there is no denying that there is indeed a malfunction in terms of communication.
This important procedure is reduced significantly in the status quo. The rest of society does not share much and in some instances, do not have anything in common with teens in which authentic social interaction might happen.
Importance of Social Interaction in Society
Social interaction is an integral component of society since it is the actualization of the individual’s social nature. Social interaction simply involves action and reaction. The person engaged in social interaction undergoes both the conduction of his or her comparative self to the other person hence producing a response in the latter.
The first person articulates himself or herself to the second person and in turn, the second person assimilates what the first person communicated. Simultaneously, the second individual also conveys his or her comparative self to the first individual then the latter will assimilate the first person’s expression.
In America, its youth’s experiences when it comes to social interaction or communication are in the wrong. The country sadly limits the youth from expressing themselves freely by continuing to contradict them and saying what the youth conveys is vulgar and immoral. The country forces upon its young people a detrimental set of standards that, when encroached upon, would lead to reprimands.
Many problems can be singled out due to failed communication or social interaction. Drug use, gang involvement and the wrong sides of pop culture are social elements that separate the country from being completely capable of assimilating and bring about effective communication with the youth.
So, is the country’s young the individuals who are disconnected or against the society? If you examine the status quo’s conditions and factors closely, they are not at fault entirely. Social interaction is quite diverse and complex and these factors prevent the establishment of an inherent cause. However, it is a community’s responsibility due to their experiences and wisdom to understand the young. Instead of continuously accusing the youth and deriding their thoughts and actions, communities should allow them to assimilate in their way.
The young have a tendency to decline values because of the constant practice of forcing these values to them. Their aversion to authority is caused by narrow-mindedness and repression at even the most insignificant of deviances. When the young simply reflect the definite social climate of their period, which is conflicting and challenging, they are estranged from a society and community that labels them as never-do-wells. They do this just to bury the reality that they would rather repress themselves socially and contradict facts surrounding them.