Healthy lifestyle, morning activities, going to school, communicating with others, the things that this generation isn't experiencing. There are many reasons why the generation Z or gen Z lacks in experiences such as these. If you continue reading this, you'll find out.
First and foremost, the gadgets and social media. Teenagers now can't even sleep for 8 straight hours which is the required time of sleep for everyone to have a healthy body but because they always spend their time with their gadgets such as cellular phone, tablet, ipad, laptop or computer, they are choosing not to sleep just to continue scrolling on social media, playing online games and watching dramas. They can just stay and lock up on their room with only their gadgets with them. They can survive the whole day or maybe even a week, a month holding gadgets and not communicating with other people. Some teenagers, rumored, to be having fevers, headaches and other health issues because of too much playing of online games or using cellphones. But yes, though it's a rumor, there's a high possibility that it is true.
Another reason must be the judgemental society that we are living in. Many people now has easily judge other people just by their physical appearance,. But sad to say, even your own family and your friends who you think were true, judges you. That's the reason why some teenagers are not communicating with other people, they are thinking, "what if they judge me too?" Overthinking and anxiety has a lot of cases now, especially to teenagers who shouldn't be suffering those.
Third, the pandemic. Last year, 2020 the pandemic has started here in our country, it spreads very fast just by talking to others. That is also the reason why the government decided to have a lockdown here in the Philippines. Companies, schools and other establishments were closed because of this, and this is the time where anxiety, depression and stress had it at it's worst. Not only the adults but also many teenagers suffered at this, they had to stop studying for almost 6 months and when they had the chance to study again, the ways of learning is now different, it's not face to face anymore, it's modular distance learning and online class. No more chitchat with classmates, the bonding, and everything just disappeared in just a snap.
Everyone misses the old times, especially the teenagers who experienced the freedom of being a kid and then suddenly, they will be just locked up in their home, nowhere to go. Maybe, it is also the reason why teenagers lost their interest in communicating with others, healthy lifestyle such as exercising and others. It is the lack of inspiration and motivation that keeps them repeating their new lazy lifestyle, because the 'new normal' disables them from doing things they want.
I'm not saying that all of the teenager has became like this, not doing anything, just using their gadgets, playing, NO. I'm just stating here some reasons why teenagers have lost their old lifestyle as an energetic and sociable persons. Some teenagers still find ways on how they will be productive amidst this pandemic, and i'm proud to say, i'm one of them. I'm still a teenager. To all adults who's saying that this generation sucks because of our behaviour, think twice, thrice, you don't know what we're going through, you don't know how hard it is for us to fight alone. Try to adjust for us, to understand and comfort us, find a way to communicate with us because not all teenagers locking up in their room is playing, scrolling, some were crying.
Thank you for reading this! This is my first article!