British economist John Maynard Keynes is famous for among other things, the quote, “In the long term we are all dead.” Taking that to heart, one might think that one should live for the short term. And modern society apparently has done so. Behavior that is gratifying in the short term is encouraged by many, while behavior with a longer term payoff is essentially discouraged. Furthermore, the discipline required to operate from a long term perspective is no longer regularly taught.
Of course, this problem affects all, but what is really sad is that young people learn bad habits that hurt them for a lifetime. An example of this would be in this recent post. This sorry state of affairs is universal to the genders, but let us focus on girls and young women. The goal is to list the short term behaviors that appear to be so gratifying, but have a significant long term cost. Perhaps we can package them up later as a guide of behaviors to be avoided.