Before we move on with our exploration of technology's impact on sexual activity, particularly fears that young people (and their sexual functioning) are being neurologically warped by the multiple media that inundate their lives, let's take a brief but informative historical tour. The information in this posting is from a fascinating speech given by Bill Taverner, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Sexuality Education, at the Center for Family Life Education's 2010 Sex Ed Conference.
Taverner described two historically recurring themes regarding young people. The first is young people are wilder and more unmanageable than preceding generations. Consider this quote: "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."
Any guess when this was written? Admittedly the word "dainties" immediately alerts you to the fact the quote is antiquated. But just how antiquated? It's a translation of Socrates. Thus it seems fears regarding the increasing incorrigibility of youth has a L-O-N-G history.