Youth Culture and Its Negative Effects on the Society

Youth is like a sponge, we keep on absorbing everything happening around us. Youth is the time of life when we can mold our personalities according to what we want to be. However the morals of youth have totally changed in the 21st century due to the generation gap.

As we all know that youth is the backbone, the powerhouse of any society. They are extremely powerful and so anything they indulge in has to affect the society. In the 21st century, the energy and enthusiasm that the youth possess is on an unprecedented high. Their practices, actions, beliefs, interests are altogether known as youth culture. There is a widespread belief that anti-social behavior among the young ones has reached a historically unprecedented high. The youth are going astray.

They are influenced by celebrities, and so they wish to go against the norms of the society. As the world now is a global village, we are easily updated on the latest of fashions, upcoming music and much more. Such a way the media acts an influence over the youth. Films, TV series depict violence and socially unacceptable acts which the young ones enjoy. This affects the way they live socially. They get used to violence and crime that they might themselves start to be violent. Celebrities usually take drugs and this has caused the youth culture of drugging to come into life. Young ones involved in drugging find themselves cool as their idols do it. Exposure to sexual material has resulted in the youth wanting to indulge in them, again asking to go against the norms of the society. Music lyrics nowadays are totally weird. They go about the singer cursing his/her families and because music is so influential the youth is willing to accept what the lyrics say and then they start acting harshly with their families too. It was said wisely by Socrates,

‘Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise, they no longer rise when elders enter the room, they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.’

So we can conclude that different youth subcultures are having an adverse effect in the society. Our youth should not be wasted in these kind of things and instead must be used to their full potential.