Generation Snowflake: College students don’t know where to buy a postage stamp

Today’s younger generations are clueless about many, many things.

Many do not know how to change a flat tire, check the air pressure of tires nor the condition of tire threads. With the advent of Uber and Lyft, many don’t even want to own a car.

Many don’t know how to change a blown fuse, read a map or a compass, cook a “real” meal without a microwave, chop wood or stop bleeding with a tourniquet.

Due to having their heads buried in their smart phones, they even struggle with face-to-face communication.

Now it appears they can’t figure out how to send in an absentee ballot because they don’t know where to purchase a stamp.

From a WTOP report:

“A Fairfax County focus group this summer found many college students who have gotten an absentee ballot simply fail to send it back because a U.S. Postal Service stamp seems to be a foreign concept to them.

“One thing that came up, which I had heard from my own kids but I thought they were just nerdy, was that the students will go through the process of applying for a mail-in absentee ballot, they will fill out the ballot, and then, they don’t know where to get stamps,” Lisa Connors with the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs said.

“That seems to be like a hump that they can’t get across.”

The focus group included college interns from across numerous county departments.

“They all agreed that they knew lots of people who did not send in their ballots because it was too much of a hassle or they didn’t know where to get a stamp,” Connors said.

“Across the board, they were all nodding and had a very spirited conversation about ‘Oh yeah, I know so many people who didn’t send theirs in because they didn’t have a stamp.’”

Read the whole story here.

Maybe someone should develop an app to teach kids some basic life skills.

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Dr. Eowyn
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How did young Americans become so stupid so quickly?
God help us.

Joseph BC69
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Joseph BC69

Like you I’m not sure when it started, but I noticed from my students, beginning in the ’80s, they simply didn’t have a clue about quotidian realities! The postage stamp situation may seem extreme, yet it doesn’t really surprise me.

greenworxx
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greenworxx

I blame their parents. And, if need be, their parents before them. We are living in the early era of idiocracy.

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silhouette

I’m sure the NEA is still proud of themselves despite any shortcomings.

CogitoErgoSumantra
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CogitoErgoSumantra

“…they don’t know where to purchase a stamp.” Well, I recently went to the local P.O. to buy some stamps and to mail a letter. It was after hours, so I went to the machine where you stick a dollar in and it spits out a stamp. But it had been replaced by an elaborate, computerized behemoth. It asked me to place the envelope on a scale. It weighed it. It asked me to input the zip to which it was addressed. It asked the street name, then the address. It asked me to verify the location it had determined.… Read more »

Alma
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Alma

Yep, they don’t know where to get stamps, but they know where to get marijuana, get high on electronic cigarettes, they know how to be nasty, disrespectful and obnoxious and listen to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, that’s right, they are snowflakes that landed on sh…t and don’t know how to get out of it. “I want my mami”!

CogitoErgoSumantra
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CogitoErgoSumantra

I *just* saw an article (maybe via MSN?) about how kids (minors) are now “vaping weed” with their e-cigs… I guess it was to be expected. Especially with the new laws allowing for medical & recreational (for adults) use.

Here’s one example:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/survey-finds-2m-us-teens-are-vaping-marijuana/ar-BBNssLw

I’ve been seeing how they’re “smoking” Juuls (with a pack of cigs’ worth of nicotine in a single capsule) in the news recently. Apparently it’s all the rage. Sheep to slaughter…

Tear
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Tear

It isn’t entirely their/our fault, or the fault of parenting. I listened to an inspired Christian on youtube (haven’t seen any bad doctrine from him so far, and will keep looking just in case) recently, who had this one guy report on just exactly what chemtrails are made of. Aluminum and other toxic metals. As someone who has dealt with what Alzheimers can do, watched the deterioration process up close, seen what Aluminum-based flouride “mouthwash” can do to ones’ own mind… it is obvious our very brains are in factually under continual and DEADLY assault. Ignoring social engineering, many of… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

That’s all very interesting. I don’t see that younger generations are simply “damaged” anymore than previous ones. Many have ALWAYS been joiners. All it takes are joiners and propaganda. Schools used to see at least part of their duties as helping to make good citizens. This meant teaching people to discuss their differences and to respect others even if we disagreed with them. Further, it was an unspoken given that, in a society, there must be norms. What is acceptable must be understood. Those who choose to live outside of those norms should not expect a warm reception. That is… Read more »

Watertender
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Watertender

I love watching a group of snowflakes in distress. They are absolutely helpless. I worked for 10 years at a large liberal college and saw many episodes of pure lunacy from them… One perfumed little he-she lost his phone down an elevator shaft when it slipped between the door and car floor. This little freak came totally unglued at the loss of his phone as he was threatening to sue the school and kill himself all in the same breath… I can not count the number of times I saw one trip or walk into something while texting. Sadly this… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I really think that the phones have been the main implement of destruction. Before and ancillary to that were the laptops. It is to enticing to retreat into a world of one’s own making. Instead of insisting that they turn them off, we accommodate them. In college, the policies should ensure that interpersonal skills are practiced. I don’t, however, think that college, or even public school, is the place to learn about postage. I once had to certify young engineers in government contracting and I was amazed at how little they knew. These were people from good schools with graduate… Read more »

Recynd77
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Recynd77

I fought laptop computers (“Why would I want to be attached to the damn thing?”), cellphones (a devolution in telecom quality from which we’ve yet to recover), and finally, smartphones. I fought with every fiber of my being, I truly did. I saw what this technology was doing to people, and I didn’t want that to happen to me. At some point, I saw that I was among a tiny group of people comprised mostly of the aged. Everyone else had instant access to EVERYTHING: GPS that talked to you, 411 “information”, movie schedules (and pre-purchased tickets and seat assignments!),… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I think you’ve got it nailed. It isn’t the technology itself, its how its used. I am deeply (perhaps insanely?), suspicious of stuff that is “imposed” on us. The harder the push to get us to use it, the greater is my resistance. Let’s face it, if I like my life, why do I need an “improvement”? I have all those gadgets on my phone and in my car but I seldom use them. In fact, I doubt if I’ve used but a tiny portion of them at all. Not only that, I’m not interested in finding out. I don’t… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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They cannot be blamed, and it doesn’t matter, anyway. Not since Abraham Lincoln invented the internet, at least.

Lou Minati
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Lou Minati

This is what vaccines get you… minimal cranial activity.