Euphoria (Series on Netflix - Wrong, it is on HBO Max! sorry about that) has got my stomach all tied up in knots.
I know it has been around for a while, but I've not watched it before. The description about teenagers dealing with what life has to deal them just didn't really interest me, but a friend of mine mentioned she liked it and so I thought I would give it a try. (I'm usually more of a Sci-Fi fan)
I'm a 60 year old Woman. I grew up in a totally different time. Yeah, in the 70's and 80's, (sex, drugs, and rock N roll) I was considered quite a wild child. I mean, I was a teenager, in Hawaii. We had our friends, we went cruizing, we went out the window at night and went skinny dipping, and I won't even get into the drugs of the 70's and 80's), and of course there was sex and peer pressure. But there was no social media.
It was nothing like what our teens have to deal with today. We did not face the intense kind of peer pressure our teenagers of today face. I just can't.... imagine... how I would feel as a teenager today. I would probably commit suicide if I was. My heart is breaking for the next generation.
It is brutal out there. Other kids are so mean. Yeah, they were mean back in my day, but we didn't have all this social media to deal with, and there was a big Peace and Love movement still going on.
I'm only on episode 3 of this series. I'm not sure I can make it through more. It is just so disturbing, so heartbreaking. These young people don't stand a chance. What is the next generation going to be like?
Do I sound like an old lady screaming 'Get off of My Lawn'! I hope not. I know every generation is considered to be reckless and out of control by the elders.
I consider myself fairly open minded. But if what I am seeing in this series is anything like reality for the teens of today, it just wrecks me. I don't know how they cope.
I think this series is useful, to bring to light what all is going on, maybe start up some conversations (like this post). Much of it is the same (Girls are either Whores or Prudes in this series is not much different than girls are either Good Girls or Bad Girls, as my grandmother would say).
I think it is useful that it might open the eyes of some of the older people like me, to help realize what the youth of today's America faces. (So we can help them). I don't want to see the series banned or anything, but I also hope they are not just making money off of sexualizing teens. Not all boys are so disgusting, not all girls are either. But these kids in this series freak me out. So ... callous, hateful, hard, empty, loveless, confused.
I don't know what the point of this post is. Just curious to see what anyone else might feel about it. (and I'm glad that I don't have any teenagers, I would want to take their phones away and keep them protected from all this garbage (which I know is wrong), and would probably yell at them, not to stay off of my lawn, but to put the god damn phone down).