Young People Getting Are Unhappier With Time

The younger generation has less freedom and independence than the general generation. (representative)


Experts often highlight social media and tough economic conditions as the main reasons why young people use the internet. people are becoming more and more unhappy. While these factors are important, I would like to emphasize another.

Younger generations have less freedom and independence than previous generations.Areas where children are allowed to roam outdoors without supervision Reduced by 90% Since the 1970s.

From playdates, sports and music lessons to family movie trips, parents are increasingly planning entertainment for their children rather than letting them figure it out themselves.Perhaps this may help explain recent reports that many teens today are doing choose to lock yourself in the bedroom.

Lack of freedom in childhood is not only caused by parental control. Society’s expectations and school policies also have a big impact.

It is important to note that constraints on freedom often stem from good intentions, such as security concerns (such as location tracking) or cultural norms. Of course, no one wants to be the parent who subjects their child to risks that others (supposedly) would not take. However, there are risks to overprotecting children. It can unintentionally hinder their psychological development.

Emotional, social and cognitive effects

Psychologist Jean Piaget emphasized the importance of exploration and experimentation in cognitive development in the 1950s.He said children build their understanding of the world through active engagement with their environment. By restricting children’s age-appropriate freedom to explore and take risks, we deprive them of opportunities for intellectual curiosity and innovation.

Lack of independence can undermine young people’s sense of agency and control over their lives. And psychological research shows that when people, whether young or old, feel helpless and constrained by external forces such as parental supervision or society’s expectations, may lead to Frustration, helplessness, and low self-esteem.

Additionally, a lack of autonomy limits young people’s opportunities for self-discovery, creativity, and personal growth. When children are constantly coached and supervised, they miss out on valuable experiences in problem-solving, decision-making, and learning from mistakes.

Reduced independence can affect social and emotional development. Children receive love, support, and attention within the family unit. However, spending too much time with your parents can make it difficult to get along with friends who don’t offer the same unconditional love and support.

In fact, if children are constantly surrounded by adults and exposed to structured activities, they may struggle to develop meaningful relationships, self-assertion, and resilience. The research revealed: The importance of interaction between colleagues in forming social competence and emotional intelligence. After all, your parents may not need your empathy, but your friends do.

Therefore, by adjusting play dates and entertainment, parents may inadvertently limit their children’s ability to navigate social dynamics. This includes learning empathy and independently developing interpersonal skills. It is also expected that children will internalize the idea that “I don’t have to do it because my parents will do it for me,” which will lead to a further lack of sense of accomplishment.

Lack of independence can also cause boredom, restlessness, and apathy. Humans need to engage in activities that challenge and focus our attention. leads to a sense of fulfillment And happy. When children are constantly entertained and supervised, they may struggle to find activities that naturally engage them and give them a sense of purpose and fun.

This is important.Positive psychology in defining happiness emphasize both emotional aspectsaspects such as experiencing positive emotions, and cognitive aspects that involve an overall sense of satisfaction with life, including meaning and purpose.

the study showed Parenting that supports autonomy and encourages children to make their own decisions and take responsibility for their actions leads to better psychological health in adolescents.

Conversely, excessive parental control associated Adolescents have higher levels of psychological distress and lower life satisfaction.

school environment also plays an important role. Zero-tolerance policies, strict disciplinary measures, and standardized testing have become the norm. However, overly harsh and punitive disciplinary practices Decline in intrinsic motivation Academic engagement among students.

Recent moves to address safety concerns, such as increased surveillance and surveillance within schools, are further encroaching on students’ autonomy and independence. Metal detectors, surveillance cameras, and surprise searches ultimately create an atmosphere of surveillance and control.

freedom according to age

There is evidence to support the idea that freedom and independence are essential to young people’s happiness and well-being.

There are several ways to give children age-appropriate freedom. For example, a 5-year-old can be allowed and encouraged to butter his own toast, make his own bed, and play in the garden on his own. A 10-year-old, on the other hand, needs to be able to get to and from school independently, be responsible for homework, and keep his/her own space clean.

Also, once your child turns 15, you can encourage them to cook the family’s meals, do their own laundry, and arrange trips to school, clubs, and friends’ houses on their own, rather than as your parent’s driver.

Sometimes it can be helpful to decline entertainment and let the children figure things out on their own. Children are incredibly creative, and even if they have nothing to do, they often come up with something. This may also apply to playdates. It’s okay to invite your child’s friends over to your home, even if it’s not specifically for entertainment purposes.

Going forward, it is essential to foster environments that foster autonomy, self-expression and independent learning, both at home and in educational institutions, to support the development and well-being of young people.conversation

(author:fiorentina sterkaiLecturer, Department of Psychological Science, Faculty of Psychology University of East London)

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