We are fucked.

I feel like adults give today’s kids a lot of crap and granted, I agree with most of it but my experience with today’s adults really makes me realize that some of it is unfair. Most of the time adults say that kids don’t listen, can’t pay attention, don’t follow instructions…and that deems them inflicted with Attention Deficit Disorder! On the other hand some are considered lazy, careless and so involved in technology that we think they can’t effectively communicate any way other than text messages and social networking. Well, let me tell you something about today’s adults: they have the exact same problems.

The majority of my job is to give simple instructions to adults and I can honestly say that I have never seen so many people struggle with very, very simple instructions. Every single time, whether I’m telling someone how to fill out paperwork or if I’m giving directions to my office, I am constantly repeating myself. Adults don’t listen either. They’ve filled out paperwork before so they just ignore me completely and either end up filling out 10 times more information on the form than they have to or they ask me at least twice what they’re supposed to fill out. NO ONE LISTENS.

The instructions are (this is how I state them, word for word): Please fill out the contact information in the box. You don’t have to worry about the rest of the page, just the box at the top. 95% of people fill out the entire page…and sometimes the back!

How did we get to a place where we can’t follow simple instructions?

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