I still have tonnes of books which I haven’t finished reading. One of which is the clash between Keynes and Hayek which I recommend to many. But there’s a write in the Times magazine which is really insightful on the new generation which they called “the millenia generation” ie born after 1990s. (Others have called them Gen Y) Its fundamental for parenting as well as political approaches. I find the write profound and thought of recording this on my blog.
These are quotes from the articles which I find interesting:
“Because millenials don’t respect authority, they also don’t resent it. That’s why they’re the first teens who aren’t rebelling.
They are most threatening and exciting generations…not because they’re trying to take over establishment but because they’re growing up without one.
They are fame obsessed…and convinced of their own greatness.
What millenials are most famous for besides narcissism is its effect: entitlement.
Now that they can socialize at every hour, peer pressure is anti-intellectual, anti historical and…anti eloquence.
Not only do they lack a kind of empathy that allows them to be concerned of others, but they have trouble intellectually understanding others’ point of view.
What they understand is how to turn themselves into brands. They have trained themselves to be reality-tv-ready.
A quote by an army trainer: “The previous generation I started recruiting was sort of do, do, do. This generation is think think think before we do it. They are 3 or 4 steps ahead.
Despite narcissism, all studies conclude they are nice and positive. They’re more accepting of differences and have many subcultures.
Its difficult for them to join counterculture when there’s no culture.
They are earnest and optimistic. Tinkerers more than dreamer. Their world is so flat that they have no leaders. They want constant approval and massive fear for missing out. They have acronyms for everything. They’re informed but inactive. They’re financially responsible. “
I have teenage children who the article prescribes well. Parents should take note of this.