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Oblicze fenomenu kidults
The face of the phenomenon of kidults

Author(s): Jan Mazur
Subject(s): Behaviorism, Applied Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Politics, Sociology of Religion
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Papieskiego Jana Pawła II w Krakowie
Keywords: kidults; adulthood; childishness; youth; mature personality; political lemming; hedonism; selfishness;

Summary/Abstract: The kidults phenomenon was recognized relatively recently. It is a consequence of progressive civilization changes. The word kidults is a combination of two words: kid and adult. It was first used in “The New York Times” in 1985. Peter Martin applied it to describe people who take advantage of the experience of adulthood, while escaping from its hardships and responsibilities. They are in fact adults, but in many respects their views and attitudes contain elements of infantilization. The text consists of three parts, and the content is revealed in each title: 1. Who are kidults? 2. Kidults in the social sphere 3. Christianity and kidults. It may be noted that today there is a whole generation of kidults. Such people stubbornly associate life with childhood and adolescence. Unfortunately, this involves the weakening or even the disappearance of the ethic of work and responsibility, while a hedonistic ethic is espoused. It seems that Christianity has the means to effectively overcome that which in the kidults phenomenon constitutes an existential threat, disputes mature adulthood, obscures awareness of human dignity, plunges a person into spiritual apathy and distorts the image and likeness of God in man. The most important measure is the active power of Christian love, expressed in interpersonal relationships.

  • Issue Year: 35/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 41-50
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish