Saturday Musings - The Entitled Generation...

Saturday Musings - The Entitled Generation...

If I was to describe the current generation of late teens to twenties in one word it would have to be “entitled”. They believe that everything should be served up to them in a pretty box with a bow on top and heaven forbid they actually have to work for it.

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This blog is inspired from a recent experience I had speaking with a twenty-one year old that couldn’t understand why they should pay board to their parents. Without even talking to their parents they’d made a series of decisions which meant they would have a reduced (not zero) income. They believed it was their parents responsibility to continue to support their lifestyle. Go figure?

When I quizzed them about this they cried, “It’s just not fair!”

I immediately responded, “Fair to whom?”

The response was a grumbled, muted reply.

During the last ten years, my generation has largely pampered (there are exceptions) this current crop of young adults. We build idiot proof interfaces for apps, provide them with miraculous technology and ensure the little darlings ego is continuously stroked.

I’m not sure what it is like in other countries but in Australia the education system has tried to eliminate all competition because it may adversely impact a child’s development. I’m not a child psychologist but seriously? These same “children” that have been brought up in cotton wool protective environments are now hitting their twenties.

Like children, they throw a temper tantrum when they can’t immediately step into a senior management role. The shock they go through when everyone older looks at them as if they are some sort of bazaar creature doesn’t even register. Throwing a tantrum worked all through school but the real world doesn’t put up with that behaviour.

The same generation wants everything now and they don’t care how much credit they need to use to get it. They don’t have any sense of patience and saving…..why should they when in one person’s case the bank provided a massive credit card to spend up on.

So this blog is a little bit of a rant but here’s the challenge for my generation…..we provide goods and service to these “brats”. There is an opportunity but make sure you get the cash before anything.

Have a great weekend!

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Wolftalker on 07 January 2017
Rotten Youth

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” - Socrates.

Seems like oldies have been complaining about youngsters for over 2500 years!

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” - Socrates. Seems like oldies have been complaining about youngsters for over 2500 years!
Rawgi on 08 January 2017
Rotten Youth

I will agree that this generation of " Entitled Youth " has no concept of responsibility, no conscience, and are indeed the worst brats. I guess we can blame ourselves for while involved in getting the latest everything, Like a pacifier we give the kids whatever will shut them up or get them out our hair. Now this is not my way, but I know of many who are so busy they just want the room for themselves to unwind or relax without any bother. I can't see kids needing the latest phones or laptops, when we were growing up it was a luxury to use the phone. And when I went to college at 40, our math professor would not allow us to use calculators until we got to logarithms, he said he wanted his students to learn the long way first.

It will be interesting to see how these " Kids " handle our world when its their turn to take the reins, when they can't deal with everyday life now. I don't think it is country specific, these young people are they same everywhere , well maybe the USA is a bit worse.

I will agree that this generation of " Entitled Youth " has no concept of responsibility, no conscience, and are indeed the worst brats. I guess we can blame ourselves for while involved in getting the latest everything, Like a pacifier we give the kids whatever will shut them up or get them out our hair. Now this is not my way, but I know of many who are so busy they just want the room for themselves to unwind or relax without any bother. I can't see kids needing the latest phones or laptops, when we were growing up it was a luxury to use the phone. And when I went to college at 40, our math professor would not allow us to use calculators until we got to logarithms, he said he wanted his students to learn the long way first. It will be interesting to see how these " Kids " handle our world when its their turn to take the reins, when they can't deal with everyday life now. I don't think it is country specific, these young people are they same everywhere , well maybe the USA is a bit worse.
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