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Increasing Trend of Violence and Aggression in Youth

By Ms Wara Qasim*

Emotions – a spectrum of mental states, quite general when it comes to feeling them but extremely personal when it comes to expressing them. Emotions are the mainspring of all behavioural patterns coupled with the optional components of the human machine.

According to research conducted at Glasgow University, humans have four basic emotions. These are happiness, sadness, fear and anger. While all four have been conferred on us by Nature with a purpose, there’s one of them that has turned into a public health concern; anger.

On top of that, the increased prevalence of anger in youth has become a matter of discussion worldwide. The youth, age group 15 and 24, is a susceptible population of a country characterized with a high level of activity and boundless motivations and aspirations. These people go through a critical period of physical and psychological changes. All significant events in the field of political, economic, academic and social scenarios have a much more significant effect on youth than on any other part of a country’s population. And that explains the aggression.

During Warlike situation and in a culture of disparities and political instability has taken a heavy toll on young people. When youngsters being unable to bring about a tangible change, express their helplessness by throwing tantrums and brawling at the surrounding as well as on one another.

Another reason behind aggression in youth is the fact of chasing success at the expense of letting down others. Unfortunately, we often measure our success by comparing ourselves with others of the same age or profession.

Instead of striving to be better than who we were a day before, we compete for being better than whosoever shows up before us. This has led to feelings of dissatisfaction and distraught among youths. No wonder why suicide has become the second most leading cause of death in the age group of 15-29 in many countries. We have forgotten the fact that when it comes to prioritization, cooperation should come before competition.
Paul J. Meyer once said, “Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success” but a moment of rumination would make us realize that in this technology-driven society, how much we miss having a real conversation. Two persons can sit right next to each other the entire day without having to ask each other’s name. Such is the level of engrossment due to mobiles, laptops and other similar gadgets.

The communication gap experienced by young people especially with their parents due to workload, studies and technology causes suppression of certain emotions when they ought to be expressed leading to their bottling, and then as an untimed tragedy, these emotions are vented in diverse forms of aggression.

The technology has wide-ranging effects on society, it has led to the emergence of the entertainment industry, which was created with a purpose to “help people unwind from their strenuous routines”. Though it has been serving its purpose yet its products under the genres of “action”, ”thrill” or “mystery” have exposed young people to violent tactics and because of being presented in a charming façade, tend to imitate them causing harm to themselves as well as to those around them.

To our dismay, these multinational production companies are making millions in the name of entertainment but at the cost of the mental, physical and moral upbringing of young people.

Preceding in view, the Government should adequately invest in youth, creating opportunities that serve as formative experiences for youth. It should work out the problem of unemployment as soon as possible so that the potential of young people does not get wasted away.
Youngsters should improve and improve daily, competing oneself, not others. Media should play its role to promote positivity in society. Despite the busy routine, parents should think of ways to find time to communicate with their children to understand the needs, desires and problems of their children
In a nutshell, anger and aggression expressed inappropriately does absolutely no good to anyone instead, it creates mental, physical, behavioural and social problems.

In Pakistan, 64% of the total population is below the age of 30 while 29% of it belongs to the age bracket of 15 to 29 years as per the new National Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan. In a country that nurtures such a considerable lot of young people and potential cannot in any way, afford any laxity to the youth.
To save an individual from depression is not a task for the government/policymakers alone, it is the main responsibility of parents and neighbourhood to instill hope in their youth with compassion, empathy and positive energy.

Youngsters need to disconnect with their mobiles phones quite often to connect with their family and real friends.

* The author is student of MBBS, Rawalpindi Medical University. She is Member of University Society: Youth Reformists Movement of Pakistan (YRMP). FB page of society:

https://www.facebook.com/Reformers123/

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