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By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted March 22, 2012 at 12:42:15

I'd have to question the research methods here, since (as Pxtl mentions) young people tend toward the unconventional which doesn't often get counted. Do the hundreds of kids I've known who've put on raves see that counted toward their "community service" and "social capital"? Politically speaking, we're seeing the largest wave of protests since (at least) the 60s, yet nearly all of it has been explicitly opposed to electoral action...

That being said, I see where you're coming from. Many of us buck the trend, but lord knows my friends aren't an appropriate sample group. What needs to be remembered is that this behaviour was learned, mostly because it's exactly what we were taught. Growing up we were fed constant lectures about "success" which defined personal worth in terms almost totally tied to one's income and (debt-financed) possessions. We were raised by TVs and malls. Is it so surprising, then, that kids now often have five or six figures in debt before they're 25?

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