There has been a lot of talk about millennials, you know, those people born between 1980 and 2000. They outnumber us baby boomers by several million and are now the largest generation in the US. There has been a lot written about the millennials being entitled, whiny, lazy, narcissistic and many other unflattering things.
Ah! I seem to remember lots of less than flattering things that were said about us baby boomers. In the sixties we were dirty, lazy, pot smoking, subversive hippies. We threatened the very way of life for which the Greatest Generation had fought. They didn’t like our hair, our clothes our music or our protests.
But somehow we managed to navigate our way out of Vietnam and into a more tranquil and prosperous time. Our musicians became icons, or songs classics. Our clothes and hair? Well, we moved on from the bell bottoms and crazy hair. Life was pretty good for us. We laughed and loved, got married and raised children. We nurtured, supported, nudged and pushed our kids to be anything they wanted to be. We praised them, awarded them and encouraged then to be the best, to go to the best schools, be the best athlete, get those scholarships. We were always there for them.
So now we have raised this millennial generation. They are not the same as we baby boomers. According to AARP this group does some things differently.
They drive less, even the percentage of young people with driver’s licenses has plunged. Seems like a good idea to me.
Nearly half of millennials have no landline. I think that we all see the wisdom in that.
Millennials seem to ignore the taboo about keeping your salary a secret. Hmmm…..easier to get equal pay for equal work.
Only 18% of 18 to 34 year olds say that owning their own homes is one of the most important things in their lives. No foreclosure crisis there!
Unfortunately many millennials with great degrees and lots of debt, graduated college into an economy in full recession. It has made it more difficult to get a firm foothold in a market with fewer jobs, lower pay and baby boomers that are not able or willing to retire.
I look forward to what this generation, that multi-tasks better than we do, is much more tech savvy than we are, and knows how to work more efficiently, will do to better this complicated world that we have handed to them.