- Oct 2013
- Planet Nine, Oregon
I think you are right, but it's effects are even more insidious than loss of famiky ties; when individuals are stressed they lose empathy accordingly, and now they can retreat into their own realities. It was hard enough before IT took off to introduce yourself to strangers and get to know people, and now we are alone together most of the time; right out of a Twilight Zone episode.I think family ties are weakening everywhere around the globe, and if they have weakened faster in America, its probably because the USA has been the primary driver of modern global culture since WWII.
I think in many ways the advance of technology has had an effect on the treatment of elders. In previous ages elders exuded wisdom because they had a lifetime of relevant experience to reflect on. Today, instead of wisdom, elders seem to exude backwardness and confusion, because much of their life experience and lessons learned no longer apply to the techno-landscape, and this discourages youth from taking them seriously.