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“I feel that the future I’ve been working towards my whole life is gone now” — What United States college students have to say about the coronavirus

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  1. [8]
    MonkeyPants
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    I think the three hardest hit groups by COVID are those that lost their jobs or a loved one, kindergartners and first year college bound students. It's the kindergartners that worry me the most....

    I think the three hardest hit groups by COVID are those that lost their jobs or a loved one, kindergartners and first year college bound students.

    It's the kindergartners that worry me the most. They don't have a voice. You can't survey them. They have lost all social contact at school, and potentially at home as well. Learning how to get along with others is 80% of what you learn. Now they are learning how to sit in front of a computer for hours? Generation Zoom indeed.

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      vord
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      Pretty much any child 2+ is gonna be hurting from this. Younger ones even moreso...their first social interactions with their peers, they can't even see smiles. It's gonna fuck with their psyche...

      Pretty much any child 2+ is gonna be hurting from this. Younger ones even moreso...their first social interactions with their peers, they can't even see smiles. It's gonna fuck with their psyche for years to come.

      College kids are getting screwed over too, but they've at least got a foundation of socialization to rest on.

      Any college kids listening...now is the time to start fighting back. Go Robinhood on this messed up world of ours. Wreak havoc like you have nothing more to lose, because the sad reality is that it's true. If nobody fights, the status quo wins.

      I was your age circa 2000. I genuinely thought things were trending up more often than not. I have not felt that way since 2004.

      Notice how nothing changed at all regarding police reform until there were nationwide riots? And even then...not exactly seeing anything that will persist long term?

      I don't have the answers, but I'm sure one of you do.

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        TildeMan
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        Frankly, this is a little ridiculous. You still have food, fresh water, and shelter. People who actually have nothing to lose will die in a day if they don't do anything about it (and there are...

        Any college kids listening...now is the time to start fighting back. Go Robinhood on this messed up world of ours. Wreak havoc like you have nothing more to lose, because the sad reality is that it's true. If nobody fights, the status quo wins.

        Frankly, this is a little ridiculous. You still have food, fresh water, and shelter. People who actually have nothing to lose will die in a day if they don't do anything about it (and there are lots of people in this situation all over the world, right now - this isn't some relic of the past)

        Also, if you think we have nothing new or exciting coming our way... Look into VR and neuralink (neuralink is not close to their goal of a chip that goes on your hair and interfaces with your brain but they're making some incredible advancements). Brand-new technology is coming our way, unlike anything we've ever seen before.

        Stop paying close attention to reality TV politics and you'll start to see the amazingness that's around you. It's a cancer that destroys your mental health.

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        1. vord
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          Maybe, but how many do not? Judge the society not by the best off, judge it by the worst. And all this tech is fine and dandy if you can afford it. VR is a small comfort when walking past a dozen+...

          Maybe, but how many do not? Judge the society not by the best off, judge it by the worst. And all this tech is fine and dandy if you can afford it. VR is a small comfort when walking past a dozen+ homeless people going to/from work.

          Or seeing that my zip code's children have a far less chance of being able to go to college just due to funding level disparities from pre-K-12. My kid has a lower chance of success merely because I can't afford a $400k house in a richer neighborhood.

          And none of that nice stuff does anybody much good if in 20 years our ability to grow sufficient food drops off because of unstable weather due to climate change.

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        2. thundergolfer
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          Going to side with u/vord and say that despite agreeing with you that "nothing more to lose" is hyperbolic, your assurances about VR and neuralink are quite useless to those who don't have their...

          Going to side with u/vord and say that despite agreeing with you that "nothing more to lose" is hyperbolic, your assurances about VR and neuralink are quite useless to those who don't have their basic needs met and are facing futures where those basic needs are even less likely to be secure. They're also quite useless to today's college kids, who probably couldn't care less about fancy new consumer electronics like VR when they can't even attain the security needed to raise a family (Two Income Trap) or a job that offers dignity and meaningful participation in society (Bullshit Jobs).

          Also, if you think we have nothing new or exciting coming our way...

          I love the potential of Neuralink-type tech, but the new and exciting thing coming our way is climate devastation.

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    2. [2]
      MimicSquid
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      I have a group of close friends whose daughter just turned three, and she's keeping in social contact with her friends in this time before she can go back to preschool just fine. They have dance...

      I have a group of close friends whose daughter just turned three, and she's keeping in social contact with her friends in this time before she can go back to preschool just fine. They have dance parties with their webcams, watch movies together, and otherwise keep in touch even as they can't be in the same space. It's a strange new world, but none of them are just put in a box away from everyone else. She seems to be doing just fine.

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      1. vord
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        Conversely, I see plenty of 2-6 year olds who are afraid to go near another new human being. When seeing another child on a webcam they just cry. Kid can't play with neighbor kid because parents...

        Conversely, I see plenty of 2-6 year olds who are afraid to go near another new human being. When seeing another child on a webcam they just cry. Kid can't play with neighbor kid because parents still think COVID is a liberal conspiracy myth.

        Yea, existing friendships might be able to keep going. Building new ones is very hard.

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