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And what can you do Mr. Jones? Besides fight Nazis and send ancient idols to muesems.
Technology is part of it, but I think what bugs me about my generation is how ill at ease we are in our own company. We either have to be around other people all the time, or use technology to connect to others or distract ourselves.
I really have nothing against younger people besides the fact that they unintentionally make me feel my age.
Only a Luddite would advocate that you "shun" the Intarwebs. I would suggest, once in a while, unplugging the iPod, the iPad, the iMac, the iTube, the iGame, and all the other iGadgets, so you can spend some time with the I.
Reflect. Evaluate. Get some perspective on where you've been and where you're going. Develop a filter for that "flood" because, as Ted Sturgeon told us, 90% of it is crap. Don't let other people define your beliefs for you.
I'm an '89 person. Damn you youngsters!
Ya know, Facebook is actually making it easier for me to move on past my high-school friends. I've made connections with dozens of people who'll be going to my school that I haven't met in person yet. Only like three people I can count on sharing classes with though, since I have an obscure prospective major.
All I have to say is I'm so glad I got out of High School just before the emo fad hit.
I was born in 81' A kid playing with a metal toy gun Billy Joel Parody ends.
I am not sure which generation I am part of. I remember a reasonable chunk of the 80's and of course the 90's.
Not that I am all that older myself ('83 here), but one thing that seems common about many of the people born in the nineties that I know is that they tend to be much more pragmatic than we (or the previous generation, I think) were.
That's a bit of a mixed bag: on one hand, they seem to be less prone to badly thought out stunts and life plans than we were, but on the other, it seems to me that they could do with a little more daring and ambition and a little less crippling insecurity.
That's just anecdotal, though, I have no idea whether this is part of a general trend or not.
I caught myself the other day engaging in what I think of as the payphone fallacy. That's where someone says "why do kids need cell phones, I didn't have one when I was a kid and I turned out fine" when payphones were ubiquitous when they were kids and moreover they literally can't know how much better it would have been if cell phones had been available.
I got that regarding the Internet, thinking an 11-year-old was too young for interacting with people on the Internet, until I realized I have no idea and no basis for comparison, since the Internet wasn't widely available when I was 11* 1989-1990 and Web 2.0 certainly wasn't.
I think that at 11 though, a kids parents ought to monitor their child's online habits pretty closely.
hello, 1995 here.
my opinion on my generation:
I, of course, can only say someting about myself and my friends. another thing of note is that this is about Dutch youngsters, for I have never been outside of the netherlands for a long time (two exchanges with Germany, one 'workweek', essentially a holiday, to London, weeks and days in Germany with my grandparents, at least five holidays in Germany, a holiday in France, one in Scotland, one in Norway, one in Spain, one in Taizé (France, but there are a lot of youngsters from all over the world there)) and I have been visited by Canadian family. So, I have never met any US Americans.
mostly, we aren't that different. we are young and idealistic, think that our parents are stupid and are going to do it all differently *ahem*
[[YMMV some things that I notice have changed to the better:]]
- young people have their own opinion about a wide range of matters.
- young people express this opinions.
- young people know more about computers and the internet than old people.
- young people ask 'why' all the time, forcing themselves and others to think about the sense of old habits.
- young people have jobs more often than old people had when they were young (is that even a good english sentence? never mind.)
[[YMMV some things that I noticed to have changed to the worse:]]
-young people don't have a feeling for when it is a good idea to stop a discussion and just do what they are told.
-young people start a discussion over everything.
-young people don't understand that texting and networking on a smartphone is sometimes prohibited, like, under a test.
-young people don't clean op their mess, and are insulted if this is pointed out.
-young people do know their history, but they fail to relate it to everyday matters and disrespect memorials.
I don't hate my generation, but I don't particularry like it either. time will tell how it will work out.
This guy here was born in 1990.
Well, I was born n '95 myself, and I have to say, I have some disdain for folks of my generation. Then again, I have been likened to a forty year old inside a seventeen year old's body, so I'm hardly like my classmates.
Feh. Every generation thinks the ones that come after it are worse in some way or another, or all of them. Kinda pisses me off.
Well, Majora, even Socrates and Hesoid had contempt for the generation after them, so you may be onto something.
Or maybe they simply fell into one of the standard blunders of humankind. The thing is, I am pretty sure that to a clever 50 years old, most 20 years old people look like a bunch of idiots: after all, the 50 years old has had a lot more time to learn things and, more importantly, to learn about life.
Compare people of the same age of different generations, and I don't think that you will find any general trend; but people's memories of the past are notoriously imprecise, especially when it comes to unflattering aspects.
edited 12th Jun '12 5:31:07 AM by Carciofus
Are they really that clever if they can't figure that out? :p (I kid, though).
Is it too early to complain about the generation that's about to be born?
Nah: it's not too early to complain about their kids, either.
Loose Cannon said:
"Well, I was born n '95 myself, and I have to say, I have some disdain for folks of my generation."
Your generation includes my 1997-born and 1999-born babies.
I think your generation is a fine group of young people. You just need to have your noses in a paper book in your spare time instead of a little screen once in a while, and hopefully survive the coarse, shallow pop music that is being forced down your throats. If you do, you will be brilliant, from what I've seen so far. I just hope you all aren't burnt out from academic pressure by the time you are 21. When I was 14/15, evenings were spent watching Miami Vice, not doing 6-8 hours of homework.
edited 14th Jun '12 8:29:46 AM by LemonBonBons
The yoof always have opinions. They just don't usually make any sense, due to lack of experience and knowledge.
I'm not sure where you live, but it sounds like a land of Milk and Honey if young folk can find jobs at all!
Apart from the usual man-skills (fixing things around the house, tinkering with engines etc.) I can do a little bit of this-and-that. Most of the things on Heinlein's list, actually (I haven't butchered anything as large as a pig yet and my knowledge of computer programming is a little out of date, shall we say?), with the addition of a few others, including grow my own food and fly fixed wing aircraft.
edited 16th Jun '12 3:41:17 AM by InverurieJones
<<quote>> The yoof always have opinions. They just don't usually make any sense, due to lack of experience and knowledge.
I'm not sure where you live, but it sounds like a land of Milk and Honey if young folk can find jobs at all! <</guote>>
it's called the beautifull country of the Netherlands! if you strike out the 'beautifull' part, anyway.
One thing I definitely like about the '90s kids is that they seem to be abandoning the horrid text-shorthand that was so popular among kids from the '80s. As someone quipped recently, if you see a post saying "u wnt 2 mt l8r?", it's more likely to be from a US Senator than from a teenager! :)
(And yes, I'm old enough to call people born in the '80s kids.)
I think it might have to do with the fact that texting is easier now that phones have QWERTY keyboard. With a regular number pad, it's kind of hard to say big words.
I think my only complaint is the fact that your generation holds almost no loyalty to the jobs they commit themselves to. It's a paycheck built out of bare minimum effort and little appreciation for others working with them. And before I'm bitten...those that provide effort are few and far between the ones that don't.
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