I came across a story that forces me to ask, "What the HELL is wrong with teenagers?" It makes me sound ancient, I know. But you will be floored too once you hear the details. Apparently there is a new, sick trend among them. Teens are "like totally" into taking selfies with homeless people. Yea. You read that right. It's the coolest thing since tweeting half-naked pics of yourself.
According to the New York Daily News, hundreds of teens across the country have uploaded shots of themselves with these poor, unfortunate souls. They are shown smiling, laughing, even doing the pout face next to a homeless person. Why? To impress their friends, of course.
It's not just a question of common sense. We all know that teens make dumb choices every day (driving while texting, tattooing Justin Bieber's name on their bodies, idolizing Teen Mom, using vodka-soaked tampons to get drunk quicker -- yes, that really happens). But this latest affront is about having some common decency.
They clearly have no respect for other people. It's as though they are making fun, using them in some sort of gag reel. For the life of me, I don't understand why THIS is cool. Don't they feel bad for this person? Doesn't a tiny part of them feel guilty for posing with these people in this way -- then using their $400 smartphones to upload it to the web before hopping into their nice, warm cars?
Honestly, I blame us parents. If a child has no empathy for homeless people, it's our fault, not theirs. From a young age, they should be taught to empathize with the less fortunate. I know that can be hard to do in this world of excess everything, but look at the result when that lesson is not taught. Instead of snapping that pic of the man in the tattered clothes and living in a box, why not buy him a meal. Sit down with him, talk to him. Now that would be something worth tweeting about.
What would you do if your teen was taking selfies with homeless people?
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