It's nothing new that the older generation looks down on the younger generation. The kids, these days meme has remained constant through time. The fun thing about reading old books rather than watching TV, is that you realize that every generation has attacked the younger generation.
If it were true that every older generation has been right about the younger generation, then society would not keep advancing. Yet somehow civilization is more civilized today than ever. The old generation of slave owners complained about the immoral younger generation. Well, aren't you glad that those old people are dead? The old generation who want homosexuals to be dragged from trucks are dying out. Isn't that a good thing?
And, of course, this very Internet thingie you're using is a young person's creation. Google? The guys who created Google are today only 36. Google was something they - and a bunch of other 20-somethings - started as kids.
This is TypePad blog (20-to-30 somethings), and once the post is finished, I'll link to it on Twitter (20-to-30somethings). Google (see above) will archive it, and many of you will read the post on Google Reader (see above).
Seeing a pattern? The very people you ridicule are the ones who gave you a tool to ridicule them from. Those with a sense of irony (and most kids do) are smirking.
Yet older people nevertheless keep attacking the young, as if this is interesting, novel, or objectively substantiated. Thus, there's endless chatter about how lazy Generation X, Y, and the Millennials are. This bigots should smile, as a recent study validates the hate:
According to time-use surveys analyzed by professors Philip Babcock, at the University of California Santa Barbara, and Mindy Marks, at the University of California Riverside, the average student at a four-year college in 1961 studied about 24 hours a week. Today’s average student hits the books for just 14 hours.
According to their research, the greatest decline in student studying took place before computers swept through colleges: Between 1961 and 1981, study times fell from 24.4 to 16.8 hours per week (and then, ultimately, to 14).
A person attending college in 1961 (as an 18-year-old freshman) would today be 67-years old. A person attending college in 1971 would be 57, and a person attending college in 1981 would be 47. In other words, Baby Boomers are the lazy ones.
Now, of course, I don't believe any of this stuff. Each generation has its own issues. The bailouts were by Baby Boomers, for Baby Boomers. Henry Paulson (64-years old) gave my generation's money (he borrowed it today, which means my generation must pay this back tomorrow) to Lloyd Blankfein (55-years old).
Indeed, one must really question the hatred of the young given that the young (other than creating your innovative products) haven't had time to do much. The Baby Boomers gave us the Iraq War, the Bailouts, and the BP Oil Spill. If you must have someone, aren't there better targets than the kids, these days?
Yet I realize Paulson didn't give money to Goldman Sachs because of age-related bond. Power, unlike age, is the tie that binds. And so bigots are the power elite's greatest army of useful idiots.
Goldman Sachs thanks you for your hatred of the young. Anything that keeps you from focusing on society's actual problems only increases their bottom line. Keep hating my generation, as if we're the ones who are going to cost you 25% of revenues this year; or 25% of your retirement fund; or your declining home values. Just don't hate them, whatever you do.