As a generation of Facebookers, Twitterers, bloggers, BBMers, iPhone-ers, GPS users, and so on and so on, we are often viewed by the older I-went-to-the-library-to-do-research generation as lazy and dependent. We have the world at our fingertips and we don’t have to use our brains for virtually anything, or so they claim.
Yes, we can access Google at any moment, and no we do not need White Out to correct our papers, but to the contrary, it is our 24/7 connection that makes us anything but lazy when it comes to fighting for what we believe in.
Take for example, the heated debate of gay marriage. While an older generation calls the shots in Congress, in most states, it is still illegal. According to a study by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, 65 percent of college freshman surveyed were in favor of gay marriage. The findings revealed that even a large majority of students classified as far-right were also supporters.
With such a large percentage of college students in favor of gay marriage, there is an obvious disconnect between this generation and the older generation who make decisions on our country’s behalf. Many influential people of the older generation are still taking action to deter gay rights. Even some school system officials can be categorized this way. Just last week, a lesbian high school senior was denied permission to bring her girlfriend to her prom. Because of our networking capabilities, through Facebook, YouTube, blogs (including this one) etc, the news spread like wildfire. The incident stirred uproar amongst our generation and discussion of outrage was consumed through every outlet. Although an unfortunate event, perhaps it is appalling decisions like these that motivate our generation to stay open-minded and fight to make a change. If it weren’t for our Internet dependency that may classify us as “lazy,” we would also be blind to incidents such as this one and consequently just as closed minded as those who dictate the fate of our country today.
It is refreshing to observe the findings of this study and to know that change is on its way. With so much hate still circulating in the World, news like this gives us hope that our generation has potential to make massive strides towards the good of mankind. Researchers found the results so highly in favor of gay marriage, they deemed the future legality of it practically inevitable. Yes, we have officially re-written the question from “if” to “when.”
So what do you think? Is gay marriage inevitable?