The world is passing through troublesome times. The young people of
today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for
parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as
if they knew everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is
foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are forward, immodest
and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress.
...of course this was written in the 1200s by Peter the Hermit.
Sounds like some of my co-workers. :D
I am sure EVERY generation does not meet the standards of the previous generation.
My Mom was a proto-Helicopter parent. She was (is!) overprotective, was a little upset when I went to boyscout camp for a week and could not be reached, and generally tried to micromanage my brothers and our lives...and I am thankful cell phones were not widespread technology in the 1980s!
She is also the stereotypical Catholic Mom. :)
I have walked for many months solo, gone deep into the backcountry and generally given my Mom 'agida' (as she is prone to say; look the word up if you are curious). My brother had a, um, paid vacation in Iraq as an Air Force medic at Belad Airbase hospital with his guard unit. No amount of overprotective ethnic Catholic motherhood could stop that. :)
Guess what I am trying to say, it ain't the end of civilization. Yes, parents are micromanaging their children's lives more than in the past. But, technology allows this. Some of these kids will be Mamma's boys. Some will go the other extreme. And most will find a happy medium.
Like most of history.