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

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.

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.

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," Phillips said when asked why students are doing what they're doing. 

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"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.

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