As I write this post, I’m reading another blog, watching the Gen Y episode of Q&A online and having a mildly inappropriate Facebook conversation. I did this while pondering over the whole ‘generation’ thing and wondering if there was really anything in it. I mean, it just seems strange to attribute personality traits to millions of people just because they’re born around the same time. There are so many people my age I loathe, after all.
Just as the panel of twentysomethings (including the adorable and generally awesome Josh Thomas) got onto the topic of social media and how we’re always connected to everything, I rolled my eyes and thought ‘Yeah, yeah, we’re all Facebook addicts with short attention…wow, how many things do I have open right now? Oh…wait.’
Even those of us that claim to not be into the ‘mainstream’ culture of our age group and mentally exclude ourselves from old people’s rants about ‘young people today’ and how all the popular music/TV/movies/fashion trends suck, are still part of Gen Y without realising it. We may have a bad rep, but looking through the characteristics of Gen Y-ers, a lot of it kind of applies to me. And most people I know, even if we don’t like to admit it. It’s less of a set list of characteristics and more of a general vibe, I think- like when you’re texting someone who’s sitting right next to you, or arguing with siblings over Facebook while living in the same house.
But at the same time, I don’t like people assuming I’m a certain way because of a biological trait that I had no control over. I’m capable of concentrating when I need to, I don’t use text-speak and even though I know it’s an important journalistic tool, I’m still not that into Twitter.
I’ve always thought that the whole generation thing seemed a bit pointless, like horoscopes but based on social/historical context rather than the positions of distant orbs. But while it makes sense that the world we’re growing up in is not quite the same one our parents grew up in and this is inevitably going to have an impact on us, I don’t think it’s nearly as big a deal as everyone makes it out to be. And I’m not just saying that because Gen Y always loses on Talkin’ Bout Your Generation.
I don’t know if there’s really a point to this post. At all. I started it and then realised I had no clue where I was going with this topic. It is an interesting one though…
P.S. First thing that came up on Google News when I typed in ‘talkin bout your generation’ was an article by my Intro to Journalism tutor that says a lot of what I say here but slightly more eloquently, which I find amusing.