Last week saw Social media flooded with a lot of parental advice coming straight outta netizens after a popular trend on twitter #Ifikiewazazi.
What amazed me is the misuse of the term millennial which is now evident that most of us do not know the meaning of this term.
Who is a millennial? According to the Wikipedia, Millennial (also known as Generation Y) are the generational demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends; demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years.
With the above definition, then it is very important we trace back the milestones that we have witnessed for the last 3 decades that have resulted to the generation that is currently of existence.
Wikipedia further reveals that the generation is generally marked by an increased use and familiarity with communications, media, and digital technologies.
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This additional statements sums it all on why things are the way they are today.
The rise of digital communication has led the world to be a digital village where information, both positive and negative to consumers is easily able to penetrate and achieve the intended purpose.
Social vices that are associated with the millennials makes them look bad while in essence the said vices have taken a deep root across all age groups in the society.
Young girls are criticized for engaging sexually with men old enough to be their father, but no is bold enough to ask why these old men are engaging in the same . Why would a 50 year father engage his daughter in premarital sex talk while he is out there philandering with a young girl the age of her daughter?
Every vice being witnessed in the society is a result of a ripple effect by every individual living on the face of the planet.
The society is experiencing a high rot ever witnessed in the human history. Parents have spoiled their children by not instilling values in them. What happened to `it takes a village to raise a child’? Children are now raised by house helps on behalf of the parents.
From when a child is born to when he is joining high school, he is raised by an average of 7 house helps if not 10.This child is not even keen to listen to the parents. He is typically raised by mother internet.
Internet which we cannot do away with is a major influence on our society today. I have lost counts of the number of time I go to a public cyber in town and found men in their 50s watching pornography (yes pornography), never mind the wedding ring dominating their ring finger. If grown men are hooked to Pornography, then what much do you expect from their young ones.
Let us face it. No single generation is to blame for the craziness strolling in our society, every is playing a role in making this planet crazy and the sooner we come back to our senses and stop the blame game the better.
Parting Shot: Before pointing fingers to any young Kenyan take a step back and think how digital technology has changed your life both negatively and positively. How the evolution of communication has affected your relationships with people. Have you protected the young people around you from accessing harmful information which is readily available ?
BY VICTOR VON NJAGI