See this recent D2D post --> "Are You Diving Less These Days? -- why divers
are making few trips or quitting. ( http://forums.scubadiving.com/showth...ps-or-quitting )
Could some of the drop off in numbers be a function of wimpiness? --> Sex differences in sensation-seeking: a meta-analysis ( http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/1308...srep02486.html )
The Cliff's Notes version: Compared with men of the late 1970s, today's men are much less interested in adrenaline-rush activities, including scuba diving, and more averse to risk. A sensation-seeking test found men's likeliness to engage in challenging & risky activities has fallen big time in the past 35 years. In the late '70s, men were 48% more likely than women to say they would seek out thrills. But now, men are only 28% more likely, and the difference is not due to a rise in risk-taking among women.
Like a Finn out of water
Full Definition of PUSILLANIMOUS
: lacking courage and resolution : marked by contemptible timidity
— pu·sil·lan·i·mous·ly adverb
But you're probably right...I have noticed this trend amongst the young corporate types I used to work with...
Boys used to be "full of energy". Now they have ADHD.
The first four letters say it all. Pusi.
You've hit on something here Doc. I intuitively believe this to be true observing my son's generation up close. I've always believed this to be a natural evolution where the older gen believes the younger gen isn't stepping up to challenges sufficiently. But in terms of just diving, there's no question. I don't see a lot of young eager divers ready to challenge the unknown, push the limits, get excited to just explore! Such excitement and it feels like it's being missed. Ah, youth wasted on the young. It feels like a cliche, but maybe something more. Interesting to see a scientific view of this phenomenon.
It's combination of pussalanimity, ennui and parsimony.
I think Doubler nailed it. It the words of Brad Paisley (reproduced here for those who are not country music fans):
These days there's dudes gettin' facials
Manicured, waxed and botoxed
With deep spray-on tans and creamy lotiony hands
You can't grip a tackle box
Yeah, with all of these men linin' up to get neutered
It's hip now to be feminized
But I don't highlight my hair, I've still got a pair
Yeah honey, I'm still a guy
Oh, my eyebrows ain't plucked, there's a gun in my truck
Oh thank God, I'm still a guy...
"We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true."
-- Robert Wilensky
It is the "New World" all outdoor activities are being affected. It is sad what the future might be like. Fishing & hunting industries are doing everything they can do to get the young involved. License sales have been on a decrease for years. People don't understand that Sportsmen pay the bill to protect our wildlife. The same is true with diving if it were not for divers to bring attention to reef degradation and Manatee preservation the public would not have known or cared. Why should the kids pay money to learn how to fish, hunt and dive when they can say been there done that by watching it on TV, YouTube or their smartphone? Try talking to some kids, they feel as though they know all about it, they don't have a clue! We are all guilty also, years ago we had to go see for ourselves, today you can see with google and GoPro's. I personally feel as though I have lived during some of the best years and I am not ready to quit @ 56.
Makes sense to me. The most dangerous thing most men do now is mow the lawn, and that's with long pants, close-toed shoes, and approved safety glasses. Particularly American men. That's one of the big differences I liked about Australia - fewer waivers, disclaimers, warning signs, railings, and pusi's.
More people need to lose the safety net or we're going to stop evolution.