Your Questions About For Those Who Think Young

September 26, 2013
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Michael asks…

Research shows that young college students who learn that other students have a more lenient attitude about dr?

Research shows that young college students who learn that other students have a more lenient attitude about drinking will …
a. also adopt more lenient attitudes about drinking.
b. Learn to be more cautious about drinking.
c. Not be influenced by the new information.
d. Begin to educate other students about the dangers of too much alcohol.

admin answers:

The answer is “A”.

This tendency is well know by social activists/engineers, by the way. Social change is achieved by convincing people that other people’s attitudes have changed — whether or not this is really true.
This is how, for instance, the taboo against open homosexual expression was broken in the West. It was a deliberate and clever campaign by gay rights advocates to change the focus from homosexual behavior to homosexual rights, and to convince everyone that their neighbor was growing more tolerant.

Carol asks…

Research reveals that young, unemployed African American and Hispanic males pay a higher punishment penalty?

Research reveals that young, unemployed African American and Hispanic males pay a higher punishment penalty than offenders of other races. What accounts for this?

admin answers:

Being hispanic and working in the law enforcement field I can tell you that this stat is true but it is also deceiving. Of course the gut reaction is to simply look at race and make a snap judgement that it is the reason for the difference in sentencing..but really it is not about skin color. It actually comes down to presentation in Court. Minorities tend to get higher sentences for a couple of reasons, 1) Socioeconomics make it more likely that the minorities will have a prior record. Having a prior record means more steep sentences, 2) white people present better in court…they are less likely to be all tatted up, don’t ghetto-speak, etc…so they come across as less of a threat to the community, 3) within some minority communitties it is actually looked at favorably for people to snub law enforcement, the court and the system…this show of disrespect angers the court and they get higher sentences and 4) minorities are more likely to use appointed lawyers who are more concerned with pushing cases through and wrapping up the paperwork rather than truly fighting for their client. So, yes on one hand the stat is true…but when you look at it a little deeper, it really has very little to do with the color of their skin. There are other true factors that are overlooked that have nothing to do with skin color.

Lizzie asks…

Is it normal to be jealous of those younger than us?

I am 18 years old and a rising sophomore in college. I know this sounds stupid, but when I look at my cousins and other girls JUST a few years younger than me (high school seniors, etc), I get jealous that they are experiencing something that I will never experience again. I’m already done with high school, I already enjoyed the “excitement” of being a freshman in college, etc. Now, I feel like there is not much more to look forward to. Does anyone else feel this way looking at those younger than you?

admin answers:

No, not normal. I look back at my past self and am thankful as HELL that I am past a time in my life when I was dumber than I am now. I’m sure in 5 years I’ll look back at myself now (I’m currently 25) and be glad that I’m not that dumb anymore!

The older you get, the wiser you get. This is normal. I can’t think of a single person (except meth-heads) who actually had a better life at 15 than they are having at 30. Grow up. You are over-romanticizing your past. Don’t you remember how scared and insecure and DUMB you used to be??? And how much smarter and more mature you are now? Don’t you like being smarter?

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