It’s amazing how often we hear sayings like, “Kids these days…” or “When I was young…”.   I can hardly go a few days without someone from my generation or later bemoaning our kids’ generation, calling them lazy for not doing all of their chores with a smile, whining that they aren’t as smart as them since they need calculators, and so forth.  But is that true?  Is every new generation getting progressively worse?

No, absolutely not.  The below comic from XKCD shows how, for two hundred years, we’ve been complaining that some new technology or invention is destroying our ability to interact with others.