“I am a millennial. Generation Y; born between the birth of AIDS and 9/11, give or take. They call us the global generation. We are known for our entitlement and narcissism. Some say it’s because we’re the first generation where every kid gets a trophy just for showing up. Others think it’s because social media allows us to post when we fart or have a sandwich for all the world to see. But it seems our one defining trait is a numbness to the world. An indifference to suffering.” – Madison, American Horror Story.
Before us, there was Generation X, the group of humans born in between 1960 and early 1980. They appeared during the post Second World War baby boom and are collectively known to represent ‘highly educated, active, balanced, happy and family orientated’ people. According to Professor Christine Henseler, they were ‘a generation whose worldview is based on change, on the need to combat corruption, dictatorships, abuse, AIDS, a generation in search of human dignity and individual freedom, the need for stability, love, tolerance and human rights for all.’
After us came Generation Z, those who were born from the late 90s to present day. It has been debated that this generation might become known as ‘iGeneration’ or ‘The Digital Natives’. As for their traits and tendencies – we’re going to have to wait another few years before we can begin the analysis.
…They call us the global generation…
As for us, we’re the Millennial’s. We’re the people born in between the early eighties and the late 90s. Sometimes referred to as Generation Y, we’re known for being narcissistic with a sense of selfish entitlement. There are plenty of good things about us Millennial lot too though. We’re thought of as being optimistic people and good team players. We’ve grown up in world of environmental awareness and we care about protecting our planet for the future generations.
We’ve got high expectations of what we want from our lives, despite the fact that financially – we’re not as lucky as the Generation X folk before us. We’re great with technology, interested when it comes to politics and we’re paving new paths for the next generation when it comes to media and communication. We want our information fast and accurate. We’ll Tweet it, share it, photograph it all at the touch of a button and have news circulating the globe in seconds.
…we’re known for being narcissistic with a sense of selfish entitlement…
Our parents in Generation X may have married young, had their children in their early twenties and stuck to their jobs for prolonged periods of time but that’s not what we Millenials are up to. We’re less likely to settle down and have our children in our early twenties, opting to further our careers first and find partners later. We’re more interested in having fun, living freely and, unfortunately, living with our parents longer. We’re party animals who enjoy hard work, money and living life to it’s fullest. This led to us coining the nickname, The Peter Pan Generation – we’re the adults who don’t want to grow up.
We’re experienced when it comes to news of terrorist attacks. We’ve done 9/11, 7/7, the Glasgow Airport attack, as well as several others. We’re maybe a bit more hardened when it comes to this sort of thing – we’ve grown up with it. We know how horrific it is, the loss of life and consequences to our safety – but we’re not surprised by it.
…we’re the adults who don’t want to grow up…
Who knows what our children will be known as? It’s difficult to imagine a world more technically advanced than it stands currently. Maybe they’ll enjoy a similar life to the Generation X folk, going back to having marriage and babies sooner rather than later again. It seems that world events will be the deciding factor as it has moulded our generation into what it is today.