4 Millennial Survival Techniques 

Science, the apocalypse, and teaching / Thursday, December 21st, 2017

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I taught a class this fall called Apocalypse Survival. What I didn’t realize going into it was I’d be teaching these students a lot of common sense survival techniques. A lot of young adults today don’t know how to do basic things in life to survive.
What I’m going to share today are a few things EVERYONE should know how to do. These are not only beneficial in life but also during the apocalypse. 😉

1. Change a tire

I didn’t realize how many people my age and younger don’t know how to change a tire. What would you do if you’re on a long drive and your tire blows out WITHOUT internet?! What would you do? Sit and wait for some possible serial killer or good samaritan? It’s hard to tell which one you’ll get. No, you need to jack up your car and change the tire. Most cars now come with a spare tire and jack. With that jack you’ll have a way to lift the car and take the tire off. Research it and practice now. Know where to place the jack (on the metal frame), how to lift your car, and how to remove the tire. You don’t want to be stuck in a preventable situation.


2. Complete a task without your cellphone, computer, or internet.

We all have a phone/internet addiction. I’m not pointing fingers. I’m just as guilty as everyone else but I make a conscious effort to leave my phone in another room and complete a task. We are so dependent on technology that it is not only bad for our physical health but also bad for our mental health. It’s really sad during holidays or dinner when your loved ones are paying more attention to their phones than to you.

You can read about some scholars linking Facebook to depression here.
Here’s another about Computers in Human Behavior.


3. Fix something instead of tossing it

We live in a day and age of “out with the old, in with the new.” Maybe we should learn to fix things instead of throwing them out. As more and more of us graduate college with so much debt it’s painful we may have to adjust our lifestyles. Our student loan bills are over $1,000/month. With a stagnant job market and insecure future now might be the time to save and buy used. My generation has lost the ability to make or fix. Did you know making things with your hands helps alleviate depression and anxiety?


4. Throw a punch

You never know if someone is going to try and attack, rape, or date you. I feel it’s a good idea to know basic self defense. My class took part in a self defense seminar. People need to know how to defend themselves.

My list doesn’t end here! There are many other things my generation needs to know how to do but I feel these 4 things would easily improve our quality/ability of life. Feel free to share your thoughts below. Know of anything my generation is lacking?

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