Quoth Alan Shore in “Boston Legal”

That’s what troubles me, this notion we have to take sides in this country, now. You’re either for us or against us, Republican or Democrat, red state or blue state. Nobody looks at an issue and struggles over the right position to take any more. And, yet, our ability to reason is what makes us human. Lately, why do we seem so willing to forfeit that reason in exchange for the good feeling of belonging to a group? We all just take the position of our team. I’ve certainly done it and hated myself for it.

Multi Tasking Generation

The Time cover story from March 27, features an article on how media saturated and incessantly multi-tasking most of today’s teenagers have become. Researchers studied 32 families in LA for four years looking at how today’s families interact. One of their findings shows that electronic media consume considerable amounts of a family’s time, greatly affecting regular interactions in ways unheard of 20 years ago. In addition, children, especially teens are fitting more media into the same amount of time as their predecessors of a decade ago. Watching TV, talking on a cell phone, and chatting online simultaneously, they cram 8.5 hours of media use into 6.5 hours of real time. Researchers point to studies that show that output and depth of thought deteriorate as a person attempts to attend to multiple tasks. Teachers and professors also believe students are becoming dependent on their media stimuli, with many unable to walk from one class to the next without pulling out their phones or iPods to absorb the 4 minute passing time. While the current generation has become very good at manipulating information, using visual and audio clips in multi-media presentations in class, many college professors feel writing and critical thinking skills are suffering in the media saturation.
(Time.com March 27, 2006)

Quoted from The Ivy Jungle Network Campus Ministry Update May 2006.

Unbalanced Cohabitation

Apparently commitment isn’t all a man is avoiding by living with a girlfriend outside of marriage. Among cohabitating pairs, women contribute more than 70% of the couple’s income. Both formal and informal surveys indicate that in such situations, most women expect the relationship to lead to marriage, while most men do not. (Touchstone April 2006 p. 48)

Quoted from The Ivy Jungle Network Campus Ministry Update May 2006.