Given that 'The site was created as a way to tap into a younger generation and attract a whole new generation to nudism.' https://www.truenudists.com/about/What can we practically do to ensure this happens & help nudism avoid becoming extinct?As a catalyst for discussion - I've seen younger nudists get criticised in the chat room for many reasons and have been told by some that the way they are treated doesn't encourage them to stay. As people who want understanding & tolerance for our naked living - we seem to be failing to be tolerant & understanding of others.
I find that a lot of my generation are already close to what we'd call nudists but just don't label themselves as such. There's a definite generational gap and my generation likes nudity in a situation where older generations aren't around. I think some of that is due to culture and not finding beauty in all body types. Also, nudism can be hard to promote and practice. It's scary talking to friends about it because I don't know how they'll react and those who I have talked to have said it's interesting or have admitted to secretly wanting to try it... but because there's nowhere locally to practice I haven't been able to get anyone to follow through on it.
Thanks for a reply! It's even more interesting to me that the reply comes from a younger person and that the post isn't getting much attention from the older generation yet.
In response to your post - have you tried your local version of https://www.bn.org.uk/ybn/ ? They may have some events arranged that will feel 'safer' for your friends etc to attend - all the best,
I find very few young nudists on here and the ones I have added as friends don't seem to care to talk or they just haven't logged on in forever likely because they've felt unwelcomed or they got tired of creepers messaging them. I personally am not active here a lot and the reasons I listed are primarily why.
why do we need to attract young naturists? do we need to offer something other than the ability to talk to others to make them sign up? A place where they can openly talk to others who have been doing it longer, isn't that enough, it has to be for us older generations so why not the younger ones. A gift or two maybe, free t shirt?
There isn't a generation of naturists, do you stop being young at 20, 30, 40 , we are just naked people simple, age is unimportant. Naturism isn't going to become extinct just because X amount of 19 yr olds don't sign up in a year, but it will if it starts to segregate people into groups.
As for people being creepy, i have spent the last few days watching a young profile guy hitting on every young girl who signs into the chat room, creepy isn't an age it is an attitude.
Do i care if young people do not sign up, nope, why not? it is simple I don't see the need to sell the concept to a specific, either someone wants to join or they do not, either they get it or they don't. Would a chat room full of late teens be any better than the one on here, would you get more relevant conversations, or the forum be more orientated to a younger audience? I have no idea, my teen step can't find anything here she wants or on any other naturist platform. She wants face to face only. Do i welcome anyone joining us yes, post, ask questions and chat and I will happily reply, this is a difficult lifestyle choice we need to support each other. So please do not take this post as a I am not interested in you comment.
I used to think it was an issue but having talked to many younger people it is clear naturism is not decreasing, the way they do it is simply changing and TN is not something a lot of them want to be part of. They are more about the social actual meeting up and doing something and this site lets you advertise that easily but many other platforms do it quicker , the problem you might be facing is the same as most of us, few people actually trust enough to meet, or find anything interesting in the prospect of meeting that person. That is not a youth only problem, we need more fems on here more ethnic minorities, more disabled more sexual identity diversity etc, It is not about attracting a specific demographic it is getting people on here who want to contribute and share, people who are uncertain and shy, people who dont give care about age, skin colour disfigurement or anything. That can be someone of any age. TN isn't a reflection of naturist uptake it is simply a platform that certain users like and others don't. So many users on here are silent they simply want to see the posts of others and read profiles to gain an understanding of themselves. So i dont think there is a formula that can be used to attract specific people other than simply having no fixed criteria of who you will talk to and showing mutual respect.
you right there @nakednaturalist. On top I dont see that the younger generation does less nudism. I can only talk for my immediate surrounding and I do see more younger nudist being active in going to naked spas (mandatory here) and beaches. Slowly bust constantly.
There has to be something interesting or enjoyable about a topic or practice in order for interest and participation to rise. At least some perceived benefit. But it usually takes knowledge about something to find what's interesting. There are many things I could list from my experience, some of them get boring as I gain more knowledge and skill with them. Other things tend to increase in interest as I learn more. In the mechanical realm, the more I learn about cars the less I like them. They are just necessary burdens at this point. But the more I learn about metallurgy, foundry and machining, and creating original machines from scratch, the more interesting it gets. The more I learned about horses and training them, the more interesting and enjoyable it got. The more I run my sawmill the more uninteresting and boring it got. Gardening/Agriculture is wide open to innovation and experimentation, especially fertility, with massive potential for results in several ways. That's extremely interesting. But if someone knows nothing about it, there will be no interest. Something has to trigger the interest for a person to start learning, and the more they learn the more opens up. Naturism is one of those things with wonderful potential benefits which can be a beneficial add on to a lot of other activities. Especially things like swimming, gardening, nature hiking, etc. Adding a bit of enjoyment, comfort, and mental freedom from things that wear us down, like body acceptance issues, porn addictions, fright of being seen, (that was my problem, it's really nice to be getting over it) Tying nudism to gardening and hiking is my favorite. Just nudism itself, after getting used to it, becomes ordinary life, no big deal, nut much new to talk about after awhile. Connect it with gardening and hiking and there's something better. But it takes some time and interest and study to find what's interesting and get rewards from it, in good feelings, in better health. I just learned a new point that relates to health diet and nudism. Chlorophyll when eaten raw, and then circulating in the bloodstream, will continue to develop disease fighting antioxidants as it interacts with the light passing through our skin. There we go. Diet/nude living/health, tied together.
Young people are typically very ignorant of many things, and so there's no interest in those things. Something has to come up to trigger interest. If they were wise they'd go hunting for knowledge, learn everything possible about everything around them. They'd ask advice and seek counsel with older generations to learn what they have learned. Not just isolate themselves to their own age crowd to go round and round on worthless nonsense talk. And yah, I've listened in on some teenage discussions. usually nothing worth hearing. I'd like to draw them out of their ignorance, let them see what advanced knowledge there is and the joy of learning. Knowledge of naturism increases enjoyment of many other things, Knowledge of advanced agriculture fertility management can go further than anyone dreams. Grow yer own food, eat it fresh from the plant, so flavorful it makes for an exciting experience. do it all nude. That's real pleasure and combining things for super healthy results. Wonderful results can be gained there if we (young or old) would just hunt for the knowledge available. But interest doesn't come until knowledge comes. But it takes at least some interest to take the time and effort to gain the knowledge.
So how to catch young people's interest? I don't know. I had a mother who was constantly researching and learning new things. the trend kind of passed down, nudism is one of those things that caught my attention and I researched for myself. All I know is to demonstrate in some way that's visible. Do something that will send the message "there's something here of interest, take a closer look" I'm not sure nude demonstrations in public will do that. I know how to make nutrient dense agriculture catch attention, just grow something really high brix and hand out samples. And I could also advertise it longer term by eating it myself and demonstrating the results. And then nudism can tie in as a more minor part of the picture, since sunshine to the body is part of the plan of gaining health and physical endurance capacity. That's the only viable advertising point I can work on.