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Do you think our current generation is a bunch of lazy and privileged bums?

Exactly what the title reads. Many people are ignorant and will say "Kids Today are a bunch of lazy privileged bums" and not even know what they are saying. I am doing an English project and my job is to disprove that statement. I am supposed to reach at least 50 people and convince one person that this statement is not true.
About 40% of all young adults ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in either a two- or four-year college in October 2008. How can we be privileged when we are plagued with high levels of student debt? The economy took a big hit from the recession and our generation is expected to pay for the mistakes of others. The average high school student is expected to pay more than 10 thousand dollars to help make the economy stable again. Given all the things we have to pay back I say we are far from privileged. That not even mentioning how hard it is to find a stable job. Our generation is forced to pay the highest gas prices ever in the United states.
The typical grade-point average in college rose to about 3.11 by the middle of the last decade, from 2.52 in the 1950s. Grades rising are proof that we are not lazy. The share of college students working full time generally grew from 1985 onward. Between 1989 and 2006, the share of teenagers who were volunteering doubled, to 26.4 percent from 13.4 percent. Volunteer work is the ultimate sign of someone not being lazy. i care about this because I am part of this generation and do not want to have any of these labels. Have I convinced any of you about this generation not being lazy? Please let me know in the comments. Last thing, if I was lazy would I have taken the time to write all this?


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  • Mar 15 2013: With selected exceptions, mostly from within my own family, young people of any generation are never lazy.
    What I see today and have seen since the early 60's is generation after generation growing up in a world unlike the one their parents inhabited.
    From the middle of the last century and earlier, young adults grew up in the world they were going to inhabit.
    Since then, every generation has had to start out from square one, and find their own way. Looking back you can see each generation creating their own path.
    I did that once and would not want to do it again, certainly not today.
    So - if the youth today actually make it (check back in 20 years) then they were at least as good as us.
    Probably better.

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