Global Cooling: New Generation No Longer Has the Basic Instinct
CALIFORNIA - February 20, 2019
According to a fundamental article from the authoritative the Atlantic, there’s something strange with the love lives of those of the new generation, at least in developed countries.
All circumstances would seem to suggest that there should be a flourishing of universal, free, and carefree love for the younger generations.
Take, for example, the relatively young American Millennials (born in the early 1980s and after) and Generation Z (born in the mid-1990s to mid-2000s). The percentage of those who believe that to enter into an intimate relationship without marriage is perfectly normal are at a historical maximum. The vast majority of women have free access to contraceptives. New HIV cases, on the contrary, are at a historic low.
The famous dating apps Grindr and Tinder can provide quick acquaintances in just an hour. Sharing deeply personal pictures and texts is the new norm. Polyamory — promiscuity with the negative connotation — has become a decent word.
“Perversion” no longer carries such a negative semantic load either, and the girls’ magazine Teen Vogue publishes instructions for the most intricate types of sexual intercourse.
That is, there are no prohibitions at all. Almost anything goes, and it’s less likely to suffer any negative consequences.
And yet, take the example of several developed countries.
The US: The number of high school students with an active sex life fell from 54% to 40% from 1991 to 2017. Students in recent decades had 2.5 times fewer partners than those from the ‘90s. And 15% have lived in abstinence since reaching adulthood. Those still active have sex about 20% less than their peers from 25 years ago, including married people. Researchers say the decline in interest in such relations is only continuing.
The UK: The frequency of sex in citizens aged 16-44 fell from more than 6 times a month to less than 5 from 2001 to 2012.
It’s the same picture in Australia, the same in Sweden, the same in the Netherlands.
In Japan (where everything was bad before) as of 2015, 43% of adult citizens aged 18 to 34 years are generally virgins.
Scientists have come up with the title of "sex recession" and are now frantically trying to find who to blame.
As the Atlantic notes with some malice, “it might be a consequence of the hookup culture, of crushing economic pressures, of surging anxiety rates, of psychological frailty, of widespread antidepressant use, of streaming television, of environmental estrogens leaked by plastics, of dropping testosterone levels, of digital porn, of the vibrator’s golden age, of dating apps, of option paralysis, of helicopter parents, of careerism, of smartphones, of the news cycle, of information overload generally, of sleep deprivation, of obesity. Name a modern blight, and someone, somewhere, is ready to blame it for messing with the modern libido.”
Note that almost all of these reasons are essentially the same. As for lack of sleep, this problem has always existed.
Our young contemporaries are the first generations that have been, from the beginning of life, a resource for a whole slew of fundamentally new industries that make a living off the human psyche: perception, anxiety, aggressiveness and tenderness, problems, dreams and fears, lofty impulses, and filthy fantasies.
This is the first generation that in every waking moment is staked out, sawed and exploited. There are a variety of services, applications, and psychological assistance to implement all the movements of their souls and bodies (and quite intrusively).
In the great battle for their attention the good psychologists and mobile apps, shooting games, and news, online activists with petitions at the ready and educational programs, instant messengers and the industry of virtual entertainment from the innocent to the vicious are as if fighting.
According to a visual table showing the difference between Millennials and Generation Z, Millennials prioritize gaining experiences, and Generation Z — accumulating money.
Therefore, it's quite natural that of all the ways to give in to the "basic instinct," it prefers the least energy-consuming. They don’t want to get into complicated relationships or intimacy, or subject their psyche to any risks.
In other words, perhaps we have the devastating effect of increased long-term exploitation of all the instincts of a contemporary. It went on the defensive and became stagnate in the strongest and main instinct — self-preservation.
However, this instinct is realized not exactly as it was originally conceived by nature. Self-preservation, in principle, was created for the individual, saving his life and thus proving that it is worthy to participate in a continuous evolutionary championship, to gain access to the implementation of further basic instincts: reproduction, domination and so on.
Now the instinct of self-preservation is reduced but still remains, and it perceives the persuasive, cunning, and heartless exploitation of its instincts as a major threat.
Hence, perhaps, we have a "global cooling" amongst the notorious generation of snowflakes. It takes care of itself, but not to multiply.