Well, well here we are again. Generation ‘fill in the blank’. Tonight after yet another night filled with the most entitled narcissistic brats I’ve ever encountered I decided to come home to google the attributes of these people to find out which generation they fall into. If you’ve ever wondered, you should know these ‘generations’ really overlap. Generation X, for example, applies to those born between the years of the early 1960’s to the early 1980’s. Generation Y, also known as the Millennials, (because one name wouldn’t be good enough) however, applies to those born between the years of the early 1980’s to the early 2000’s.
For those who don’t know what the differences are, allow me to enlighten you with the Wikipedia (or some other web search) definitions/characteristics.
Generation X: Declaring their Independence. The 51 million members of Generation X, born between 1965 and 1976, grew up in a very different world than previous generations. Divorce and working moms created “latchkey” kids out of many in this generation. This led to traits of independence, resilience and adaptability.
- The term Millennials generally refers to the generation of people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. Perhaps the most commonly used birth range for this group is 1982-2000. The Millennial Generation is also known as Generation Y, because it comes after Generation X — those people between the early 1960s and the 1980s. It has also been called the Peter Pan or Boomerang Generation because of the propensity of some to move back in with their parents, perhaps due to economic constraints, and a growing tendency to delay some of the typical adulthood rites of passage like marriage or starting a career.
What does this mean? Looking at the definitions alone, it means Generation Y, The Millennials, The Peter Pan of Boomerang or whatever they call themselves generation has some serious growing up to do. According to several search engines on the web it seems that my birth year drops me in the beginning of Generation Y. Now I’m either really a Gen X-er, (like some people who swear they’re a Leo when their birth date makes them a Cancer) or I’m the exception to the rule.
These new age whatever you call after Gen X folks are walking around the planet (maybe an overstatement here, I only have recent proof of Southern Californians) with the most outrageous sense of entitlement I’ve ever seen. They walk around with their noses up and hands out waiting for things to happen without the slightest bit of effort put forth. I watched a person quit their job and yell at their boss saying, (and I quote) “I’d rather work a minimum wage job and not have to work there than have to try to a paycheck like people do here.” Followed by, “I’m going to the Army in three months so I don’t have to do anything when I get there I just get a check!”
Bravo kid. Bravo. You just earned your spot as the D Bag of the week. Maybe even the month. I’d love to blame crappy parenting, family money, or really any one thing for the way this guy acted and shouted at his boss today. But the reality is that there is no way one thing made this guy the way he is. Pretty much everyone around him acted the same way. (Minus the shouting off to the boss and quitting their jobs on the spot.) I guess the society is to blame. They have been allowed to get things too easily for so long, they don’t know how to earn anything anymore.
One doesn’t even know the art of the quest for knowledge. Google answers every question we could ever need to know. There is little need for a library anymore. I tried to talk to my friend last night about the Dewey Decimal System and she had absolutely no clue what I was talking about. *Most libraries still use this system to categorize books. *Before the regular use of computers you would go to a wooden box in a library were the books were categorized and you would pull the index card that had the Dewey Decimal Number on it, write it down, then go find your book. *Libraries are a place where people can read or borrow books. *Books are things with pages to read through. (Similar to a Kindle or iPad but instead of swiping your finger across a screen you turn ‘pages of paper’.)
The internet is a great thing, and the way the world has evolved through the use of electronics and streamlined knowledge is fantastic! Having knowledge is power and the worst thing one could do is throw it away with stupid sense of entitlement. Generation Y, (or whatever you want to be called) please use your advantages as a strength and quit giving into the weakness of laziness you get from having so much for so little. I know I sound like the grandparent that had to walk uphill in the snow both ways, but seriously life has changed and it is to your advantage. Use it as that an quit acting like such spoiled a holes.
Now for the record even though I am no where near grandparent age, in your defense I may sound like one. I never had Google when I was your age and especially not on a cell phone with answers in my palm like you do. Hell, I didn’t even know what a cell phone was until I got one and I was 20. Then, I couldn’t even take a selfie with it. It was a Nokia, I was stoked I could play Snake on it and I had to save up until I could afford to buy one. Get a grip and realize what you have.
Damn I miss that Nokia. *Screen never broke and now I will probably start using mine again just because I can.