Since most everybody here on this blog is an introvert, their concept of excitement is different from the extroverted public in general, and also naturally enough, the extroverted news media. In my particular case, I have a very rich inner life, and most definitely do not really require external excitement. But introverts like us are outnumbered in the world.
What is the younger generation’s view on excitement? They were raised with “quick cuts” in movies, and TV (e.g SpongeBob Squarepants), flashing lights lights in promotions (e.g. Sports), shakycams, and relentless TV watching. They like the excitement, partly because they were taught to like it, and now the question is about where the next excitement high will come from.
So what is an adult raised in such a TV wasteland environment to do? They could develop talents and/or save some money to make exciting situations happen (e.g. starting a successful business, skydiving, travel, build something). But the above takes effort, time and work. It is far simpler to just go to parties and hookup with strangers or semi-strangers. Compatibility is not an issue. In fact, it is probably a detriment, as poor compatibility leads to fights; which are exciting. And naturally enough, incompatible couples eventually break up; with opportunities for drama galore. Then one can choose a new, different and exciting partner for another short term fling.
I am excited, therefore I am.