Are Kids Losing the Will to Win?
Are children these days losing the will to win? According to a new study from cricket charity Chance to Shine, children prefer to play sports for fun over competition.
During Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on The Five, he said, “Even I know this trend is odd. Competition isn’t something you can remove from a game. A game must have competition or it’s not a game.”
To drive home the point, Gutfeld noted that hide-and-seek without competition is just “hide” and musical chairs “without the stress caused by the missing chair” is just sitting followed by standing.
He said the Greatest Generation was great because they wanted to win.
“They worked their butts off to give us everything we wanted so that now we have the luxury of thinking we can live in a world with no winners and no losers," he said.
Gutfeld concluded that we live in a country where “it’s far better to end a war than win one. Even our own exceptionalism is viewed as running up the score. And so, no scoring means no sadness. And it could be if the rest of the world agreed, but they don’t. There are people out there who still want to beat us to death, which is why beating them matters.”
Andrea Tantaros weighed in with a childhood anecdote. In sixth grade, she would beat the fastest boy in her class during a mile-run competition. Tantaros said some people didn’t like it when she won, which led her to this valuable point: “If you’re going to win, you can’t care what other people think about you. You can’t care if you’re going to be liked, and these kids want to be liked more than they want to win.”
That's dangerous, she added, because not everyone in the "real world" gets a trophy.
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