Every generation is defined by certain stereotypes. Names like Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Generation X were coined to identify generations based on historical events and technological advances that influenced them, mostly during their youth. Today, teenagers and twenty-somethings born from 80’s up to the 90’s are branded as the “Millenials” or the “Generation Y”. For better or for worse, this new generation that we, the writers of the Muralla, belong to is seen mainly as the product of the boom of the internet.
“Narcissistic”, “Immature”, “Impatient”, and “Entitled”, are how the archetypes and criticisms for the Millenials go. Studies showed that college students today are more materialistic and less likely to be involved in political and communal affairs. On the positive side, we Millenials are said to have a more positive outlook about the future, and we have the ability to multitask.
If the basis of being called a narcissistic generation is the birth of the “selfie” and all other me-focused attributes of social media, then perhaps Millenials are simply misunderstood; a story anyone who had ever been a teenager would be all too familiar with. Contrary to popular belief, not every teenager feels the need to take selfies and update others on what is going on with their lives every hour of every day. But those who keep to themselves naturally don’t attract attention. In effect, people who are more likely to post self-captured portraits and statuses of their feelings are noticed more, and the generation is judged based on them.
Having information on almost everything readily available with just a few clicks, researching and getting the job done now require almost no effort for students. It comes as no surprise that most of us would rather use Google or download handy apps, instead of sifting through libraries and carrying around bulky books. Internet speed continues to go up; and the shorter the time it takes to procure what is needed, the lower the youth’s tolerance for waiting becomes. On the upside, work gets done faster and our ability to multitask saves us time for other things.
The main thing to remember, however cliche, is that humans are complex beings. Archetypes are created to help understand and deal with different people better, but they must not limit the way we view others. Generations are generalized with the same reason that history is written; to keep a file, a study, but it could never be 100% accurate.
As the Muralla moves forward, we take a look back at generation-defining moments that has shaped history and could possibly help us as we venture into the future.