Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Apparently, Gen Y is Cynical

While trawling the internet in search of random entertainment this afternoon, I came across a rather interesting, albeit preposterous article on elitedaily.com entitled Why Cynicism Is The Root Of All Gen-Y's Problems.

Holy generalisation, Batman!

The article states that Gen Y must address and be aware of the changes required to incite positivity in our lives which, by the way, are apparently flooded with cynicism and so much is lost because of that. The author goes on to briefly explain how the cynicism we harbour has a negative impact on happiness, time, friends and ourselves.

As a member of Gen Y, I have no respect for a person who trash talks an entire generation and boils all of their issues down to a single character fault. They say that before a problem can be solved, it must first be understood. Shall we take a look at how our generation may or may not have embraced such a distasteful outlook?

As children, we were wrapped up in endless possibilities for a bright future. The majority of Gen Y had the same formula for success drummed into them: finish school, go to uni then you can be what ever you want and make a lot of money. Not only were we fed optimistic garbage on a daily basis, we were blissfully unaware of what was happening in the world at the time.

In 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell, most of Gen Y wasn't even born yet. We were also too young to know the Gulf War existed. This left us to envision war as something that happened in the middle ages. We thought war was barbaric and outdated like public hangings. When the 9/11 attacks occurred in 2001, many of us were in primary school or younger and still had very little understanding of the effect it had on the families of victims and the rest of the world. Then in 2003, our happy little ideas were shattered when news anchors around the globe uttered two words we could not ignore, 'Iraq War'.

Yes, the phrase 'War on Terror' had been thrown around over the previous few years. However, no one was invading countries so we could write it off as political jargon and get on with our Pokemon games and Dolly magazines. When the Iraq War began, it was like a big smack around Gen Y's metaphoric head to say “Hey kids, this is the world you're really growing up in. Suck it!”

When it came time for us to graduate into the workforce, we were greeted with a disastrous economic climate thanks to the American Subprime Mortgage Crisis – of which, we were not a part. Even after this disappointment, we used our collective problem solving skills to adapt and conquer. Remaining in the nest longer than previously deemed acceptable gave Gen Y the ability to ensure ourselves stable incomes and living arrangements before we ventured out on our own. Despite our ingenuity, the Baby Boomer haters complained about the strain we put on our parents and labelled us The Boomerang Generation.

I'm not asking for a gold medal here but I think it's safe to say that if every Gen Y is cynical and it has ruined our lives, one would only need to look at our formative years to understand how we got to be in such a negative state. Whether we are or not, we must remember that cynicism hasn't prevented Gen Y from accomplishing vast advancements.

Gen Y haters have us to thank for the following improvements in the world:
  • Embracing social media and providing business with the most effective marketing tool to date
  • Actually giving a crap about the environment
  • Electing America's first African American President and Australia's first female Prime Minister
  • Increasing the ratio of tertiary educated women to men
  • Having the audacity to desire even more convenience in life and inventing various gadget-do-hickies to make it happen i.e. charging a phone in under 30 seconds
On behalf of all Gen Ys / Millennials out there, I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big “you're welcome” to all members of society who look down upon us for our saggy or unbelievably tight pants, snap backs and playsuits. Sartorial choices aside, we're actually not that bad.

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