According to an article in the New York Times, Generation Y is extremely sedentary. Census data shows that young people are less likely to move to a different state, less likely to relocate for employment and less likely to take risks, whatever that means. The article goes so far as to call Gen Y the “Go-Nowhere Generation.”
"We are a nation of movers and shakers. Pilgrims leapt onto leaky boats to get here. The Lost Generation chased Hemingway and Gertrude Stein to Paris. The Greatest Generation signed up to ship out to fight Nazis in Germany or the Japanese imperial forces in the Pacific. The ’60s kids joined the Peace Corps.
But Generation Y has become Generation Why Bother. The Great Recession and the still weak economy make the trend toward risk aversion worse. Children raised during recessions ultimately take fewer risks with their investments and their jobs. Even when the recession passes, they don’t strive as hard to find new jobs, and they hang on to lousy jobs longer."
I don’t know if I’m part of Generation X or Generation Y, so I’m not sure whether to be offended. I was born in 1981, the buffer year between the two generations. I work as a Web Producer, but my favorite band is Pearl Jam. I have a high-definition flat-screen TV with built-in Internet and DVR, but I mostly use it to watch Seinfeld reruns. I have 3 iPods in my living room and 300 CDs in my basement. I’m on Twitter, but I’m also on LinkedIn. I pop my collars AND I snap my bracelets. So what am I? Someone needs to determine exactly where we draw the line between generations. That way I can decide whether I should be annoyed that lame old out-of-touch adults are bashing on my generation, or happy that someone is finally telling the truth about those lazy young whippersnappers.
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