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The Predicament of Youth.

Hello friends, we’re into the month of April, around this time last year, almost the entire world was plunged into an abyss from which we’re yet to extricate ourselves completely. I will tell you about my son who is eighteen going on nineteen, which could be an apt reflection of how the youth today is coping with the unwelcome alteration in their previous lifestyle. Initially he seemed to relish the much needed break, right after the hectic Higher Secondary Board examinations and other engineering entrances. There was no excuse for me to object to his binge gaming on the net, all his friends virtually joining in, live.

Eventually, after the results, he got admission in Computer Science engineering. The classes started, online. In the beginning he was diligently attending classes as all the others but the novelty soon wore off and he subsequently realised that  there are  chinks in the armour, overseeing the lot.Taking advantages of these loopholes, most of the young ones have diverted their attention to gaming and watching E-sports.

I asked him, “What is E- sports?” He enlightened me with a lot of wisdom that it’s a kind of competitive sport today’s young generation have hooked onto. The on line games like Valorant, Counter Strike, and Fortnite fall in this category. There are two teams comprising of five members each.The attacking team tries to plant a bomb in a designated virtual place and the defending team tries to defuse it. He says that these games have become so popular abroad that it’s played on large screen in a stadium and the spectators come to cheer them up. I have no convincing logic to dissuade him from it, because there is no other alternative in sight to wean them over towards real sports and other activities.The pandemic has forced us all home bound.

I used to feel frustrated, finding him glued to his desk top chair, either attending classes or playing games. I was patiently waiting for fatigue to set in. One fine Sunday evening, I was preparing to go out along with my husband for our monthly groceries shopping to Metro Cash and Carry. My son suddenly volunteered to accompany us to our said jaunt. I gaped at him with sheer wonder, how could he have acceded to the most detesting and boring thing in his eyes, a shopping spree with his parents!

I realised then in his desperation to go out, he readily agreed. Initially he took very active interest in buying things to his liking, patiently carrying the shopping cart wherever I went, running the errands for me. I was so immersed in stocking up my pantry that soon all my attention was diverted towards it. Then suddenly my eyes fell on my son, he was leaning over the piled up shopping cart engrossed in his phone. This is the predicament of today’s younger generation.They have nowhere else to resort to, other than the virtual world!

Friends, let’s hope that they soon can go back to their active college lives and other co-curicullar activities. Their mental and physical well-being greatly depends on that.

Stay safe and healthy.
Adieu for now.
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Published by MousumiSays

An ardent crusader to make the world a better and safer place to live in. Likes to remind the mankind their basic instinct of resilience in the face of adversity.

12 thoughts on “The Predicament of Youth.

    1. Thanks Shivani. 😊 This ‘net dependance’ has become an unavoidable nuisance. The youth today has no compunction in shunning other mode of interaction and entertainment in favour of virtual media. They must strike a balance to make their lives more compatible.

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  1. Can’t agree more. It’s a lonely existence without schools or colleges to go to. The only places where kids still talk to one anither face to face instead of through their phones. I’ve finished my postgrad and although I no longer have any lectures or classes to go to, I miss the vibe so much that I end up joining free webinars online just to relive that ambience. Taking sometime off the internet also helps sometimes. Can’t wait for this terrible time to pass us by. 😓💞

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