I strongly disagree with many of the claims being made on here.
It doesn't have anything to do with God, whichever flavor you prefer.
It doesn't have to do with 2 parent households, shitty parents exist they always have, and they exist on this forum, and they likely don't realize they're shitty parents, and there's nothing you're going to do about it.
It doesn't have anything to do with soccer, or movies, or video games, teachers or babysitters.
It doesn't have anything to do with your definition of morality, religion, or preferred version of history.
The best arguments are that we don't actually have a problem, "we" are simply fabricating one to fill some psychological void. A 1:10,000,000 event is not a real problem it's a black swan event. It's an unfortunate occurrence, often times tragic, and even if we analyze each one and determine that each one would have been preventable if..." ". They're not actually preventable because you don't prevent 1:10,000,000 events. Throw in that our current technology has allowed more free time and more ability to see terrible things that happen (while completely ignoring the 9,999,999 other events) and you've got a recipe for unnecessary social unrest.
If someone were to try and convince me that "something" was actually happening I'd lean towards it being way simpler and less definable. I think one might argue that we're simply seeing natural selection at work. Nature has all kinds of self-correcting mechanisms that we don't understand, and they don't all have to be physical attributes. We should expect to see more things that kill lots of us (disease, war, behavior, etc). Humans cannot live forever, populations cannot grow forever, and our species appears to prefer to burn the candle at both ends. We've massively constructed lives and societies that simply aren't resource sustainable. We've boomed, and now-maybe, we'll bust.
I largely think this is correct, even while I feel a little callous doing so...
to some extent it seems like as a society we are driven to eradicate every undesirable event, no matter how small the chances, and we are getting to the point where some of the battles we choose to fight we realistically won't ever be able to win because there are too many confounding variables to actually understand the root causes, and also, there are not actually enough events to get any useful data that doesn't conflict with some other example.
if I was to guess what the root was it would probably come down to helplessness, the last couple of years have really brought to a head a lot of issues that have been simmering for a long time, it's getting tougher to make a living, as pointed out upthread, upward mobility isn't as easy as it once was, lot's of people feel left behind, lot's of people don't fit in a convenient box that society portrays as the ideal now, combine that with the polarization of social media and news telling you it's all the other sides fault, throw in a little lack of real struggle, and then get medicated to help you deal on top of all that?
I feel for younger people now, it's easy to look down from my comfortable spot and say that they should suck it up, it would be quite different to be looking at the future from the perspective of a struggling, low achieving 17 year old right now and try to say that the future looks great... suicide is on the uptick, and some of those people hurt so much they want to make others hurt too?