Remember a couple of posts back that this started with that uncomfortable feeling that happens that pushes us into change? It's like we need the satisfaction of solving our own problems. As an aside, I don't think that this innate desire to solve our own problems is lost on our current generation of youngsters either. Older people complain that kids of today are lazy, apathetic, and want everything handed to them on a silver platter. I disagree.
Young people just have different priorities, and it is the divide in priorities that creates the alienation. Older people point out that even though kids value video games, they will go online to cheat to get to the next level. The thing is kids don't see this kind of "cheating" as amoral; in fact, they are appealing to a community of users to help them out so that they can get on with things and maximize their enjoyment of the game. In their own minds, the youngsters are still solving the problem because they are using a solution strategy they think is the most effective at the time: asking for help. And it is the act of asking that puts them in the driver's seat.