I take a look at all the conveniences around us now and often think to myself:
How would I be if I was in my early 20s now?
Probably less productive than I was when I was in my early 20s a decade and a half ago.
That observation scares me.
I’m very concerned for young people, even more than I am for the older crowd.
The dangers that young people face are much more present than when I was a young man in the early 2000s, and I feel like it is my job to save this generation from themselves, before they go down in history as one of the least productive generations of all time.
Because guess what, that is what is going to happen if you young people do not understand the dangers that you face.
Caleb Jones wrote an article about this today, and consider this article a variation of that article.
In that article, Jones lists four aspects of western society that young people need to watch out for. They are:
-A “zombie” type economy that revolves around debt
-A “deregulated” sexual marketplace that gives women more incentive to not pursue tradition
-An impending collapse that will rival the Great Depression (in the West, at least)
-A world that is transitioning from traditional monogamous marriage
I agree with all four of these, and it is very useful for young people (mostly men, but all genders really) to understand.
The things that your former generations preached are disappearing.
They are disappearing fast and will not emerge again.
If you are a young person witnessing this, I have a question for you:
What are you going to do about it?
Well, I’ll tell you what you are not going to do.
You are not going to fall into these four temptations that I’m about to describe.
Consider this article a “sequel” of sorts to Jones’ article, but only on a “micro” type scale where I list four things that directly take away from a young person’s productivity.
For each of these, I will also provide a solution of sorts.
1 – Social Media is The Destroyer of All Production
If you are reading this, I need you to do me a favor.
Delete all of your social media from all of your devices.
“But I need it for my business!”
Are you making actual physical money from your social media prescence?
I didn’t think so.
“But I need it to meet people! It’s a good way to do online dating, bro!”
I don’t care.
There are over 9000 (literally, probably) online dating platforms that don’t entail social media.
Get on those.
And get off social media.
There is no distraction bigger than social media.
When it comes to accessing your dopamine receptors, nothing holds a candle to social media and this is destroying the creativity and productivity of young people around the world.
This is because social media was the catalyst for the other things I am about to mention.
That’s right, all of the problems that young people face today on a “micro” scale stems from social media.
Delete all your social media, and you’ll minimize most of the following temptations.
If you do need to get on social media, use it for the following ONLY:
-Contributing to a SMALL group who is committed to a healthier lifestyle/more profitable vocations
-For business purposes, but the business has to generate income from social media and you need to be able to hire people to log onto social media and handle things for you
2 – “Woke” Culture is Robbing Young People of Their Energy
When I screwed around on the internet 15 years ago, it was really difficult to find online communities that revolved around talking about political, social, and gender issues.
You definitely didn’t see this kind of stuff as widespread as it is now.
Even during the Civil Rights Era of the late 60s and early 70s, when people were “Woke” they did one thing that separates them from the “woke” crowd today:
They incorporated their “wokeness” into their vocation and created whole infrastructures and societies based on what they believed in.
They excluded no one. They simply said: This is a society that I created for my kind. My kind is favored here. Feel free to see what we are doing.
They changed the way those in power thought of nonwhites and women passively, not actively.
This is what nearly all of the movements of the Civil Rights Era did; Martin Luther King jr. owned lots of churches. Betty Friedan was an accomplished author and professor in male dominated fields. There are other examples as well.
Yes, these people were “woke.”
Yes, they pursued external solutions like crazy, making sure that other people followed their ideals.
But they used their energy positively.
They used their external solutions to make money.
Do young people do this?
Where do they turn to?
That’s right, they turn to social media.
They post a cool looking hashtag and instead of creating their own worlds that rival the worlds that “marginalize” them, they waste insane amounts of energy talking about how they are marginalized online.
“But Joelsuf! People need to know how marginalized my kind are!”
No they don’t.
They won’t care.
And they certainly won’t change no matter how loud you shout.
Activists now are nothing like they used to be 50 years ago.
50 years ago, activists created their own organizations that rivaled their oppressors.
They played the game and they beat those who marginalized them…at their own game.
Take a look at how the National Organization for Women was structured in the 1970s and 1980s. Take a look at how structured the NAACP has been.
The people who created these movements knew that they needed to create their own worlds.
Today’s activists want to change the game without any real track record and without any real qualifications or sense of branding.
These individuals think that they should be taken seriously because they have an opinion about the world.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Do yourself a favor and stop complaining about how “marginalized” you are or about feminists or the patriarchy or whatever.
You do not have that kind of energy to waste.
If you want to be “woke” that is fine, just do all you can to make it part of your vocation and for the love of every Deity in existence, do not commit yourself to ruling other people with your ideals.
3 – Things are way too convenient, and this is making young people weak
Here’s how I entertained myself when I was in my early 20s in the early 2000s.
I would either play video games, go bowling, or surf MySpace and message boards online.
I didn’t have any wi-fi in the apartments that I stayed at, and if I did, it wasn’t that great. It certainly wasn’t as crazy as it is now.
I wasn’t able to watch all kinds of awesome stuff online. I had to buy DVDs.
There was no way I was able to be on social media and message boards for too long because if I was, my wi-fi would crash.
Did I have a phone?
Of course I did.
I usually could only call and sometimes text.
People in their 20s now?
They have it all.
They are born into a world of convenience.
It is destroying them and making them very weak.
I would love to see how any young person would deal without having a smartphone for 72 hours.
Or be able to go 72 hours without watching a single thing from Netflix or any streaming service.
If you are young, do yourself a favor: Take what I call the “72 Hour Airplane Mode Challenge.”
Put all of your devices in airplane mode for three days straight. If you need to take time off work to do this, go right ahead.
Can you do this?
I don’t think you can, because it is difficult for me to do it sometimes.
But you should do it.
The 72 Hour Airplane Mode Challenge is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
It will unlock your best creative self.
4 – The High School Mentality is Worse Than it Has Ever Been
This is the last temptation that young people fall into, and thanks to social media, it is now easier than ever to judge yourself by the (mostly) fake social value that you have and try to impress people who wouldn’t even shrug if you died tomorrow.
Oh yes, the high school mentality is alive, well, and it is worse than it has ever been for any given young person.
Now this doesn’t mean you should totally drop out of society, phone in life, and defend such a pathetic lifestyle by claiming that you are avoiding the high school mentality.
But for the love of Christ, stop trying to impress people with your possessions or the places you travel to.
Stop thinking that you are a loser because you don’t have a lot of followers on Instagram.
And if you are a dude reading this and you have bought into the outright lie that Pickup “gurus” have told you about your lay count being a measure of your success as a man…then you need to take some time off of the opposite sex and take a good look at what you have become, because no man judges his character based on how many women he has had sex with.
Because friend, there exist men who are total monks who are much more successful than men who have had sex with hundreds of women…on his buddy’s couch.
Lay counts mean very little when it comes to a full sexual experience.
In my 20s I was tricking all kinds of people into thinking that I had sex with dozens and dozens of women just by reading a bunch of books on sexual techniques.
And yet, I didn’t (properly) have sex for the first time until I was 24.
So yeah. Lay count doesn’t mean a damn thing when it comes to perceived experience.
You need to get your mind out of high school and stop worrying about how much social value you possess.
Other than yourself, the only people you really need to impress are the people who are paying you.
Your boss, your customers, your clients…these are the people who directly contribute to your livelihood.
Impress them, not your “friends” on social media or any other time wasting group you “hang out” with on the internet.
I’m going to be really honest with you right now…I believe that dodged a lot of bullets because I was lucky enough to be born in an era where we weren’t so constantly connected.
And to be honest, I have no idea what my life would be like if I was 22 now.
As lazy as I find myself being now, I would probably be even lazier if I was born into this world of convenience.
Who knows what I would become?
I do know this: I know that I would probably need the guidance of someone who was 15 years older than me who can still relate to me.
I dealt with a lot of temptations in my youth, but very few of them were as strong as the ones facing young people now.
Message boards, MySpace, AOL instant messenger…when I surfed these in my early 20s, I got bored really quickly and would go back to other things.
Don’t let the world of convenience swallow your ability to be productive.
Avoid these temptations and save yourself.