The Youth of today are going to be the ones rising in the Kingdom as leaders and managers. They will be the generation for changes in the Kingdom. However my question is what direction will the youth ultimately take Saudi Arabia and its society and culture? In my own observations I have observed a large number of the youth as what I would call the “Me Generation” focused on themselves, instant gratification and little incentives to work or take initiative.
Is this an impact of a generation which has been educated with stricter Islamic guidelines and perhaps cared for by a housemaid and less interaction with parents? Additionally many of today’s youth, even those unmarried and in their twenties are not necessarily encouraged to seek employment (even if he or she has already completed university). It is commonly accepted that parents will always support their children regardless of age. I’m not aware of any pressures placed upon children to actively seek a job. And many of today’s youth expect jobs to be found for them through family connections rather than them taking initiatives and looking for opportunities themselves.
Ironically many of the young men are the ones seen out on the streets of Tahlia or Olaya in Riyadh aggressively trying to exchange phone numbers with young women. They will also accompany their father each Friday to the mosque for Friday prayers and probably try to attend most other prayer callings at the mosque too. These same young men are likely very particular and conservative at the thought of a future marriage and the expectations they have of a wife. They will expect her to follow the tradition and cultures in place even though they (the young men) wish to present themselves as above reproach while they mindlessly flirt with other women. (no one blinks an eye at the thought of a Saudi male living any kind of a double life) At the same time, it is unlikely that any of the young men will in fact have had experience in interpersonal communications with women and therefore are still quite sheltered on how to have a loving and warm relationship with a future wife.
If many youth have these attitudes, what does it mean for the future of Saudi Arabia?
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