The Reset Generation

“Hey coach! Two strikes . . . two outs . . . we’re down by three. Can I just reset it? Heck, that’s what I do when I’m playing video games.” The reset button on video games makes quitting easy. Quitting is a habit.

The reset button has become the “no regret button.” The accountability to oneself, as well as the sense of responsibility to the game is non-existent. Quitting, tabbed unacceptable in real life, is rehearsed on a daily basis in homes everywhere.

Every opportunity you had to come from behind and fight to the end, even with video games, was valuable. Learning to play hard until the final whistle, even if the outcome looks bleak is a skill in itself. Throwing in the towel before it’s over erodes the competitive psyche of a young person.

The reset button mentality has carried over to the real world and now defines modern family life. The daily behavior of the younger generation – and their parents – mimics what the reset button empowers. When any situation gets challenging – JUST RESET IT.

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  1. Some of it might be the fact that in video games we are used to having to repeat a task very often and very quickly, 100 attempts in an hour is hard to match in the real world, practice takes perfect and practising in real life is tiring sometimes.


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