Beware of Anyone under 25!

Texting-on-Cell-Phones

Throughout history, older people have always complained about the young people of their day.

Here’s why.

A National Institutes of Health study shows that the part of the brain that restrains risky behavior and critical thinking skills is not fully developed until the age of 25.

Their decision making, prefrontal cortex, is not yet fully developed. That’s the part of the brain that helps you to inhibit impulses and to plan and organize your behavior to reach a goal.

Prior to full brain development, individuals under the age of 25 are compromised in the following behaviors.
• Decision making
• Use of appropriate judgment
• Rational thinking
• Integration of emotion & critical thinking
• Ability to think clearly about long-term outcomes that stem from behaviors
• Global thinking vs. self-centered thinking

(Females’ brains however, develop about on average two years earlier than male brains, so you’re more likely to have a late developing male brain than female.)

To make matters worse, the digital age of constant connection to social media further retards the already compromised brain maturity of those under 25.  There’s new research out showing that spending too much time engaged with your cell phone entertainment and social media stunts brain development on the right side of your brain.

Developmental psychologists studying the impact of texting worry especially about young people, not just because kids are such promiscuous users of the technology, but because their interpersonal skills have not yet fully formed.  Most adults had fixed social quantities when they first got their hands on a text-capable mobile device, and while their ability to have a face-to-face conversation may have eroded in recent years, it’s pretty well locked in. Not so with teens or young people in their twenties.

MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle is one of the leading researchers looking into the effects of texting on interpersonal development. Turkle believes that having a conversation with another person teaches young people to, in effect, have a conversation with themselves — to think and reason and self-reflect. “That particular skill is a bedrock of social development,”

Texting limits their ability to form solid relationships since they don’t get to practice the art of interpreting nonverbal visual cues.

They’re functional illiterates when it comes to reading inflection and facial expressions. As with real reading, the ability to comprehend subtlety and complexity comes only with time and a lot of experience. If you don’t adequately acquire those skills, moving out into the real world of real people can actually become quite scary.

Community, communication and cooperation will be the key to survival in a grid down disaster situation.  I believe most of the young people today will not do well in that environment.  I’m talking about an unplugged environment with hard work where respect has to be given before it’s earned.

Then again, as I point out in my book, these young, ignorant, impressionable, angry, temperamental  individuals make the perfect recruits for the charismatic apocalyptic criminal warlord.

Thug War

I’ll end this post by including a paragraph from my book “The SHTF Art of War.”

The Rise of a Leader.

~These young men are attracted to violence and power.  They are ripe to become true believers in a leader that gives them permission to take what they want. This greatly concerns me, because if that charismatic person leans towards the evil side of the spectrum and they provide security and food for their followers, a whole lot of innocent people are going to suffer.”

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