More About the Disconnected Generation
FACTS ABOUT THE DISCONNECTED GENERATION
* 63% of youth live in households in which both parents work outside the home.
* 50% of today’s youth have lived through their parent’s divorce.
* Only 25% of teenagers say their mothers are always home when they return from school.
* 90% of Teenagers spend eleven hours per day week watching TV or YouTube Videos.
* Teenagers spend an average of three and one-half hours alone every day.
ONE TEEN WROTE:
“I am so lonely I can hardly stand it. I want to be special to someone, but there is no one who cares about me. I cannot remember anyone touching me, smiling at me or wanting to be with me. I feel so empty inside.
WE WERE FAMILIAR WITH THESE THINGS
* Color TV
^ Working Fathers
* At home Mothers
* Long hair
* “Free sex”
THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH THESE THINGS
* the Internet, Email, TXT, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook/Twitter
* Absent Fathers
* Day Care
* Women Managers
* CDS and DVDS
* iPhones and IPads
* Hip Hop
* Body Piercings and tattoos
* Safe sex and abortion
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
The better you connect with a teen or young person emotionally and relationally, the better equipped he or she will be to sort through the pressures and temptations of life. and will be able to make better life-choices.
Jesus told us to love our neighbor as we already love out-selves.
Tell her God loves her more than she wants to be loved.
Ask her about where she lives, what she likes to do, eat, her favorite color. In other words, connect with her where she is in life. Engage her in conversation that shows her you care. Demonstrate God’s unconditional love for her by respecting her.
Be “JESUS” to her. Smile at her. Laugh with her. Cry with her. Simply be there for her.