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The new generation Filipinos - What happened?

Have young people in the Philippines changed over the last 10 - 20 years? What happened to Filipino youth?

The "new generation" of Filipinos. The Millennials. The selfish, self-centred selfie-taking self-indulgent teens to early 20s, the product of being spoilt by their caring and self-sacrificing parents.

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The millennial new generation Filipinos – What happened?

I worry about the new generation of Filipinas…..a lot! How to describe them? Selfish! Self-centred. Oblivious to the needs of others, and believing the world owes them a living. Surrounded by kind and caring relatives who would give all for them, yet they do not emulate the caring. The kind relatives give! They take!

These are the ones who grew up with internet and phones. They are the ones whose parents struggled, and tried their hardest to protect their kids from the harsh realities that they grew up with, forgetting that a tough life with self-sacrifice and working hard for everything you have is character-moulding. Take that struggle away, and you rob them of the strong character that is the mark of a good person.

I think of some younger people I know. Life revolves around phones, friends and having fun. Adding the largest number of “friends” onto Facebook. Taking “selfies”. Being popular. Their mothers get up early and work hard. Them? Sleep in until 11:00am, no problem! Get up and start texting. Fiddle with the hair. Take selfies and upload them. And the days of “good girls” not drinking or hanging around nightclubs? All gone! Their mothers danced at barangay fiestas with their female cousins and went everywhere with chaperones. Not this lot!

I have a 30 year old nephew. His wife actually works for Down Under Visa. I can remember him telling me how before they were married she would visit him, and while she was there she would happily wash his clothes by hand. Slavery? Male dominance? Definitely not! She just cared about him. At the time I told him if he let her go he would be an idiot. They’re still together, because he knew how lucky he was and still does. The millennials? They wouldn’t even help their middle-aged mothers wash clothes, let alone a fiancé. Mila hand-washed my clothes the first time we met! And why not? I was (and still am) willing to take care of her. Why shouldn’t she take care of me? Yet the “new generation” would be far too wrapped up in themselves to even consider that. All about what the boy will do for them!

Look around and you will see them. Not always immediately obvious, because Filipinos are charming and sweet….even the selfish ones. They smile freely, and they generally speak sweetly. And if you are a sucker for a pretty face and a few giggles then you will find it very hard to recognise them. But take note of what they actually do with their time, and particularly who they sacrifice (or don’t sacrifice!) their time for. Do they do anything for others? Anything at all, and/or anything willingly? Or is it all self-directed? Do their parents carry heavy things and spend hours doing manual labour, whilst they sit around glued to phones? Once upon a time the priorities of young people revolved around trying to give their parents a break from all the decades of hard work that bought them their current easy lives, and certainly trying to not give them unnecessary stress and worry. Helping around the house. Caring for younger siblings. Studying hard and getting good grades and dreaming of giving their parents an easy retirement. Not this lot!

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