“Kids these days”

I get really annoyed when I hear this phrase, especially when uttered by people much younger than I (at least older folk are even further removed from teenagers and young adults right?).

Why you might ask? Because it’s an over-generalization, the same way one might say all women are bad at directions, or that all men are emotional juveniles. It’s a form of discrimination because it discounts a person’s qualities simply because they fall into a certain age group. 

I’m sure you can argue that sweeping remarks have a grain of truth. Of course they do – I’m with you on that. The problem is, sweeping remarks like these are often said with disdain, to discredit an entire group of individuals.

I have a particular grouse about the whole Gen Y thing – that they’re unwilling to work, irresponsible, too focussed on work-life balance that looks more like life-and-other-things-I-want-to-do balance, whatever. Understood, these traits may be commonly noticed – goodness knows, I’ve heard and seen enough examples to despair.

But I also know so-called Gen Y people who are hard-working, inspiring, compassionate, creative, idealistic and willing to take risks for a good cause. 

And on the flip side I can think of many people who are lazy, selfish, entitled, self-obsessed, unreliable and downright delusional about the type of people they are – they just don’t fit into any convenient age-group so there’s no label for them. Doesn’t make them any better than so-called Gen Ys, no more than having a label for a certain age group makes them all the same.

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About Audrey

I started this blog as a way to continue writing, which I love, and to share views and topics that mean a lot to me, which range from books and movies to the environment and other societal issues. Sounds like a grand plan (at least to me) but I'm finding it easier said than done. This blog is a way for me to get my voice out there and hopefully find others who feel the same or who share the same interests I do. All too often I read about news and happenings that make me feel discouraged about what's going on in the world, and I'm thankful for all the people out there who post things about everyday life that put a smile on my face or make me think a little harder about the life I'm living. This blog, for me, is a symbol that there are people out there who also feel that there's a lot to be improved and hopefully inspire thoughts and ideas that help us cope better, and make a difference in our own little part of the world. Thanks for reading!
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