Academic Dialogue: “The New Greatest Generation”

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“Millennials are interacting all day but almost entirely through a screen. They might look calm, but they’re deeply anxious about missing out on something better” (Stein).

In the article The New Greatest Generation, Joel Stein discusses his thoughts on why the Millennial generation is where they are today and his forecast on their future, he also provides information to back up his opinion. In this piece Stein talks about how the advancements in technology (cellphones) have created a world for these individuals where face to face interaction is non-existent and escaping from reality is easy. “Millennials are interacting all day but almost entirely through a screen. They might look calm, but they’re deeply anxious about missing out on something better” (para 9).

As Stein talks about “Interacting all day but almost entirely through a screen”, he is describes a group of people who are so dependent on their phones and technology, that this is the only way they ...view middle of the document...

The way they have been deal with this is by withdrawing and getting lost in a virtual world, this world consist of online fantasy games or many forms of social media. This has become a coping mechanism, and a way to escape and become someone else.

This generation instead of going out and discovering who they are, they have become adults who can’t function normally unless they are constantly “connected” to something, whether it is on Twitter, Facebook or numerous others social platforms. Because so much of their life is connected to technology, young people fail to develop face-to-face people skills. Texting, for instance, just doesn’t prepare them to interact in real relationship situations. Human interaction cannot be reduced to a few words on a screen or a way to resolved life issues over a message.

I am very connected to this article and the ideas that Joel Stein has presented. I live with two Millennials daily, they are my children. While reading this article, I could relate to it in some many ways. In paragraph 19, he talks about how the parents of Millenials would probably call their child-rearing style as peer-enting. I can honestly say am guilty of this parenting style at times; negotiating with my children on a daily basis has become the norm. Even though I said “I would never be that kind of parent”, in order to preserve my relationship with my kids and understand all of the challenges they face, this is who I have become.

Another paragraph stood out to me was, “Millenials got so many participation trophies”. I have seen this over the years as m children have participated in sports throughout the years everyone received a trophy, even the kids who didn’t show regularly. I have always wondered to myself what kind of message was sent to these kids. Of course there will always be ones who put out 100% no matter what, but for the rest of them it says, everyone is a winner and no extra effort is needed because you will still be rewarded.

So who is to blame for a generation that is ill prepared to deal with the realities as adulthood? Some can point fingers at us parents, but I really feel like society has a whole has contributed to the monsters we have built.

Works Cited

Stein, Joel. Sanburn, Josh. Time, 5/20/2013, Vol. 181, Issue 19

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