There’s a societal problem right here in Singapore, and it’s getting from bad to worse.
No, we’re not talking about influencers showing duck faces and pretending that they love a product when they’re paid to praise it. Nor are we talking about self-entitled strawberries who firmly believe that the entire Earth spins for them.
We’re talking about Gen Z youths who grew up with the Internet.
They’re a batch of good people: I’ve seen and spoken to many of them, and other than using a slang that I don’t understand, they’re just people.
But within this batch, there’s a group of Instagram-loving, Telegram-obsessed and phone-addicted youths who live for online attention, and they’re doing things that we old people would never understand.
For example, smoking in a bus and thinking that it’s cool.
Throwing people, bikes and whatever they can find and posting it on Instagram Stories.
And anything that’s not accepted by society (or by anyone).
Well, at least those millennials who sought attention with duck faces and half balls aren’t causing any harm or danger to anyone, but these Gen Z youth are.
Youth Jumped Over Railing and Smack His Butt on a Road
In the past, whenever we played “Truth or Dare”, the Dare would be a simple “go ask that girl for her number”. It’s harmless and we don’t film the moments when the girl slapped us: it’s all fun, and we’re not doing it for attention.
And we all grew up well. Stronger, in fact, since our skin became thicker every time we did a “Dare”.
But it seems like “Dare” nowadays isn’t just about getting a number.
This video, which obviously has to stem from Instagram Stories because Gen Z thinks Facebook is for uncles to share fake news, shows a youth (you see, I can’t see his face but immediately deduce that he’s a youth; I so bias or they’ve a bad name?) jumping over a railing on a road.
For some reason, his shirt exposed his non-existent six-pack and after jumping over the railing like he’s clearing the Low Wall, he coolly walked to the middle of the road.
If that’s not dangerous enough, he decided to turn his back on the road, and lowered his shorts (I kid you not).
Then he smacked his butt like he’s filming some Japan film and nonchalantly walked back.
If you’ve not eaten anything and would like to watch the video, here you go:
I know it’s shocking, and I apologize in advance if you’ve just vomited your nasi lemak out.
Now, let’s move on to something a tad more serious: why?