Here is a nice little report from the NY Post about the decline of high school dances in Westchester County, an affluent suburban area outside of New York City.
This time they dug up some numbers to put on the phenomenon — although when the schools don't hold any dances except prom, and even then the kids are eager to just get it over with, perhaps leaving early, you can already tell the situation is dire.
It wasn't because of blacks, poors, etc. Kids these days just don't feel comfortable being around other people, no matter if it's their peers or so-called friends. The article tries to rationalize such profound anti-social tendencies as the only logical response to a world of texting on personal phones, snuggling up in bed with a laptop to use Facebook, Instagram, or whatever.
Well, I don't do any of that stuff, nor do most people over a certain age. We're just as bombarded by all of that crap, it simply doesn't resonate very much with us. We're what you call "halfway normal." Only deeply distrustful people would choose to adopt the texting and social networking technologies and use them as substitutes for the real thing, rather than as a supplement.
LOL at the author's attempt to confer an air of rebelliousness on today's youngsters, suggesting that their use of texting and internet exchanges allow them to interact outside the watchful eye of their parents. Their exchanges may not be monitored, but they're still locked up in the home with nowhere to go and no one to interact with for real.
It's depressing that they don't think to disobey their parents — which you ought to do when they've gone off the deep end — but perhaps after 15 to 20 years of solid helicopter parenting, you might feel as apathetic too? I doubt it, but perhaps.
Dances are needed to bond a group together, every culture in the world does it. Now, parents conspire to prevent their kids from establishing bonds with their peers, and the kids themselves are too full of themselves to feel like it'd even be worth "forming bonds with my peers — as if they were cooler than moi. Seriously."
When both the parents and the kids are against the community, what is the community to do?