Why won't young Americans practice 'social distancing'? This is Cabot Phillips' theory

  • Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Cabot Phillips said the issue behind Millennials and Generation Z not "social distancing" is a "boy who cried wolf" situation.
  • Phillips said young Americans have been told everything is an emergency so much that now that there is an emergency, they don't see it any differently.

As the coronavirus death toll in the U.S. rises particularly among older Americans even as authorities urge everyone to stay home, an alarming number of young Americans continue to travel and swarm the beaches of Florida for spring break, seemingly unfazed by the global pandemic.

Campus Reform Editor in Chief joined Fox Business host Stuart Varney on Wednesday to discuss why he thinks that is the case.

"I think it's kind of a 'boy who cried wolf' situation"   

"I think it's kind of a 'boy who cried wolf' situation," Phillips said when asked why students are doing what they're doing. 

[RELATED: WATCH: Police use tear gas as drunk students block street, throw beer bottles]

"A lot of millennials, Generation Z have been told with everything that it's a national emergency. They've been told climate change is going to kill you, imminently. They've been told President Trump, if he gets elected, it's going to kill you. Tax reform, it's an emergency, it's going to kill you. Now, when you have an actual pressing emergency, a lot of young people, they're not taking it seriously when they should be because they say, well, everything else has been an emergency and it didn't really turn out that bad," Phillips pointed out. 

"So I fear that's why people are not taking this seriously and it shows how you only have so much capital to warn people on things and it kind of shows you the danger of overplaying your hand," Phillips concluded.

[RELATED: Students block street, jump on cars after in-person classes canceled over coronavirus fears]

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Jon Street is a news editor for Campus Reform. Six years ago, Jon cut his reporting teeth fresh out of college as an intern at Media Research Center's CNSNews.com, where he interviewed multiple members of Congress and former presidential candidates. From there, he went on to complete a stint at Watchdog.org, where his exclusive, investigative work was picked up or cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, National Review, and the Drudge Report, among others. More recently, Jon spent three years as an assistant editor at TheBlaze.com. In his free time, Jon enjoys trying new coffeehouses around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and traveling back to his home state of Missouri to spend time with his family.

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