Generation Alpha Babies Are The Most Spoiled Generation Yet

8 Reasons I’m Glad I Wasn’t Raised As A Generation Alpha Baby, The Most Spoiled Generation Yet

This new generation is seriously spoiled.

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In case you haven't heard, "Generation Alpha" is the name given for children born to Millennials in the 21st century. Now that this generation has more access to new technology and media platforms, the basic principles of raising a baby have completely changed. It's incredible how raising a child in this generation is so different from how I was raised as a child in the late 90s to the early 2000s. Here are some reasons why I'm glad I'm not a Generation Alpha baby.

1. No food unless there's a phone involved

Okay seriously, I've literally seen these situations happen up close and personal and boy, it's really bad. All the mom wants to do is feed her child who hasn't eaten since 7 a.m. and lo and behold, she has to face her crying, food-hating baby. What does she do? She pulls out her phone, opens up the YouTube app on her phone and hands the phone to her child. Ta-da! The situation is no longer a situation and now both mom and baby are happy, right? Well, not really because now every time that the mom wants to feed her crying baby, she has to pull out her phone. The baby becomes conditioned to think that in order to eat, I have to watch YouTube and I'm going to cry until mom gives it to me because that's how it's always happened. Sooner or less, food time becomes play-on-the-phone time.

2. Playing at the park and going to the library are things of the past

When I was a kid, I used to love going to the library and the park. They were two of my favorite places and I loved going with my mom right after school. There was just something about being surrounded by all the cool books the library had to offer. I enjoyed the times when the librarian would gather all the kids in the library for story time. The park was no less because playing with other kids and making new friends was so exciting. Not only was going to the library and the park fun, but it also boosted my social life as a learning and developing child. Now, it's so sad to see more and more libraries and Barnes and Noble's close because no one is interested in reading books anymore. Everything is available on technological devices that we can access in the comfort of our own homes. Generation Alpha kids are missing out on the fun I had when I was younger.

3. Technology > social life

Continuing my last point, technology is seriously taking over our lives and our kids' lives. When I was younger, people would say that one day we would see robots take over the world. Well, it's not robots but phones that are taking over the world. In fact, many kids now prefer to stay inside and watch TV rather than going outside to interact with other kids or even just to explore outdoors. It's sad to think that millennials are raising a generation that prefers technology over a positive learning social life.

4. YouTube videos 24/7

Yup, every Generation Alpha baby's favorite app/website is (you guessed it) YouTube. Sure the famous media platform has its positive sides to it. There are so many learning videos for growing babies and toddlers to visually grasp and understand. All the videos that teach neat songs about the alphabet or numbers are actually really educational for many young children. However, there are videos and songs out there that have no educational benefits. In fact, it's the videos and songs that have really catchy and pointless beats or colorful characters who don't teach any meaningful lessons that are the most attractive to them. In my opinion, YouTube should only be used to teach children and have them learn basic lessons early before preschool or kindergarten so they have extra leverage. Watching YouTube 24/7, whenever the child is bored is not (and should not be) normal.

5. How to calm a baby 101: offer a phone (again)

I've been out in public places like the mall where families come with their young children. The child will usually start a tantrum and of course, the parents don't want to be embarrassed so they will simply calm their child with a phone or an iPad. Now I'm not saying that when I was growing up, we didn't throw tantrums. However, the way our parents dealt with public tantrums was a lot different than how millennial parents are dealing with them. We weren't offered phones in exchange for a peaceful trip to the mall. We were calmed down by playing with our favorite toys or munching on our favorite snacks. It's pretty interesting to see how different parenting styles are now compared to back then.

6. Zero creativity

As a result of offering phones and iPads to children, they start to lose their creativity. Growing up, I loved arts and crafts and making new things with my imagination. I never used a phone or a computer to watch a tutorial or watch a video of other kids creating something. I used my own creativity to create new things that I was proud of because I made it myself. Even today, I love being creative and coming up with new ideas and I believe my creativity is so strong today because of my childhood. With Generation Alpha, kids are no longer using their creativity and no longer have the motivation and ambition to create something new with their imagination.

7. More spoiled = more attitude

I'm going to say it as it is — kids with more access to technology are more spoiled and end up having more attitudes. I mean there's really no other way to say it. I know how technology and easy access to technology affects young children and how they react to certain situations that upset them in any way. It makes me think that millennials are raising a generation of kids who are way more spoiled, sassier, and just not appreciative of their lives without technology.

8. No real family time

More access to phones and living a life based solely around technology means less family time. Millennial parents are so busy working that they don't really spend as much time with their kids. This may be due to that "go-getter," boss attitude that so many millennials have when it comes to their work life. It may also be due to conditioning a child to calm down during a bad situation by offering a phone or keeping the child occupied with YouTube videos. If this is how millennials are going to raise their children, then I am fearful for the future and how these children are going to end up being when they're adults.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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