Why is our Generation so Insecure and Afraid?

  1. In Todd Gitlin’s article, You are here to be Disturbed, he claims that students nowadays going to universities are scared of issues going on in the world and at their future campus before even arriving or having anything happen to them. He believes that society today is becoming to “thin skinned” and are letting issues get to us before anything even happens. One of the examples he uses is about college students, particularly females, and their fear of sexual assault. He asks his readers, “Is sexual assault on campus more common than ever, requiring new levels of preventive intervention? Or is the fear of rape, surely realistic up to a point, inordinate?” (Gitlin). Following this statement he also shows data stating that in our generation, anxiety is the number one reason students are meeting with counselors and that about half of the students end up seeking counseling help at least once while attending college. Giltin claims that studies have been shown to stating that anxiety issues in college students nowadays aren’t just about whole world issues, such as rape, or race issues, but instead are about more personal issues, like work and debt. Do you believe that this increase of anxiety in students is a big issue? Were you surprised to see the huge increase in data from previous generations to ours now? What do you think should be done to try to help students to not feel as anxious or stressed?


  1. In Lee McIntyre’s article, Willful ignorance on campus, he discusses how students on today’s campuses are less willing to listen to new opinions, and instead just focus on their own. He states, “Willful ignorance is when we know that there are other ideas out there, but we refuse to consider them. We believe in our own positions so strongly that no amount of evidence can persuade us to change it, such as when vaccine deniers continue to insist that the shot for measles, mumps, and rubella causes autism, despite a mountain of scientific studies that have discredited that view.” (McIntyre). In today’s society many people only have a one track mind of thinking about an issue, and think it’s only my way and no other way. What do you think about some of the points he made in his article? Do you see more people exhibiting willful ignorance around our campus? Do you think we should try to change this or do you think that having and sticking with your views without outside influences trying to change your mind is a good thing?