2012 August 12 Sunday
Gen X Cares Squat About Global Warming

Why don't social scientists poll and compile longer lists of issues that elicit feelings of apathy?

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the nation suffers through a summer of record-shattering heat, a University of Michigan report finds that Generation X is lukewarm about climate change—uninformed about the causes and unconcerned about the potential dangers.

I'm going to guess the Gen Xers are more concerned about college debts, low paid jobs (or even lack of a job), or lack of a bed partner. Plus, lots of other distractions compete for their attention such as video games, reality TV shows, Daily Mail articles about celebrity hook-ups, smart phone text messages, uploading ugly pictures of their girlfriends to Facebook, and tweets. We are supposed to be surprised?

"Most Generation Xers are surprisingly disengaged, dismissive or doubtful about whether global climate change is happening and they don't spend much time worrying about it," said Jon D. Miller, author of "The Generation X Report."

What is surprising? Nothing. What's sad? The world is getting ever more overpopulated and its resources more depleted and very few intellectuals find this worthy of note. Their only politically correct environment issue is Global Warming. They've even made that issue harder for the masses to grasp by renaming it to Global Climate Change.

As advances in social media and smart phones continue to make distractions more compelling Gen X pays less attention to global warming.

The new report, the fourth in a continuing series, compares Gen X attitudes about climate change in 2009 and 2011, and describes the levels of concern Gen Xers have about different aspects of climate change, as well as their sources of information on the subject.

"We found a small but statistically significant decline between 2009 and 2011 in the level of attention and concern Generation X adults expressed about climate change," Miller said. "In 2009, about 22 percent said they followed the issue of climate change very or moderately closely. In 2011, only 16 percent said they did so."

The human race is not designed to care about the entire planet. We top out at worrying about threats facing just 100 people and don't scale mentally beyond that level. Unfortunately, the human race is now impacting the entire planet and as intelligent dominant omnivores we faces no predators that can constrain us.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2012 August 12 09:15 AM  Civilizations Cognitive Limits

Stew said at August 12, 2012 10:08 AM:

Good news, for a change. The AGW fucktards are fooled easy. Fun stuff:


jake said at August 12, 2012 3:13 PM:

The 'climate' is always in continuous 'change' to begin with. Economies are getting worse, resources more scarce, and populations are rising, so like you said I would imagine Gen Xers have more important things to worry about. Reading that article it's interesting but, not surprising, that Gen Xers who are parents seem to care less than Gen Xers who aren't parents. Taking care of their children should take priority over worrying about carbon emissions.

Plus what would the average person do to make a significant contribution to helping the environment anyway? Driving their car less still doesn't cancel out all the other cars blowing smoke into the air.

I suppose the average person can make a difference by voting for a certain liberal politician who makes climate change a key talking point of his 2012 campaign. That way these people won't have to feel so bad about not caring for their planet...

McNeil said at August 12, 2012 3:48 PM:

When everybody starts noticing politicians and big corporations really get worried about the environment, then we'll worry about it.

Black Death said at August 13, 2012 4:52 AM:

Maybe the Gen X'ers are smarter than we realized. As far as I'm concerned, I'll believe that AGW is a problem when Al Gore gives up his private jet, heated swimming pool and seaside villa.

Audacious Epigone said at August 13, 2012 5:06 PM:

It seems like your commentary has "Generation Y" rather than "Generation X" in mind, but maybe I'm just misinterpreting it.

rc said at August 15, 2012 6:38 AM:

Gen X Cares Squat About Global Warming?

Everyone cares squat about global warming, we've all worked out that the climate change emperor has no clothes. The only people really caring are those whose employment/funding relies upon it.

Zamman said at August 23, 2012 11:59 AM:

Worrying or trying to do something about global warming is naive (even though some posters here consider themselves as being very deep)

It is naive simply because the warming is a current process taking place in most planets of the solar system.

Tina said at January 14, 2013 7:40 PM:

Global warming is talked about so the bastards can put in Agenda 21----- look it up!! THAT'S the scary stuff!

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