Every few decades or so, it seems there is always an older generation bemoaning the downfall of society as a result of the actions and characteristics…

Every few decades or so, it seems there is always an older generation bemoaning the downfall of society as a result of the actions and characteristics of a new and emergent generation. In the last few decades, “Generation X” has been the target of such bemoaning.   Now that youth/young adults under “Generation Y” (or The Millennials) are either about to enter the workforce, are already in the early phases of their career, or about to enter college, they have become the target of these complaints.   While there is no general consensus as to who actually falls under “Generation Y,” there is a misconception that everyone under this generation (anyone under 30 years old, according to some people) is automatically a demanding, ignorant, selfish, and ego-centric person.   Sweeping generalizations of an often pejorative tendency are made about every generation that comes after the established one. The newer one is always dumber and lazier. In response to these allegations, the newer generations malign their predecessors as much as they have been maligned themselves.    It is unfortunate that some people subscribe to this idea of a Generational War. Such a negative intergenerational attitude engenders unnecessary hostility. Focusing on the shortcomings of each other’s generations accomplishes nothing but more complaints.    I can say all I want about this issue, but I know that my generation will continue that endless cycle of “Your generation sucks!” comments once another new generation emerges. Will we ever learn not to waste time on generational conflicts?

– Allyson

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  • JKJ

    The comment that was posted here on March 16th, 2009 at 8:59 AM was removed for offensive content – namely, racist name calling. Not cool, kids.