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17 Jun 13 17:51

I read an interesting article recently, which began controversially enough by criticising the Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) as being narcissistic, lazy, and a bit delusional.

This sort of 'criticism' is almost par for the course for any young and upcoming generation; they can never be serious enough, nor work hard enough to satisfy the generations before.

Isn't it unfair though to expect them to stay the same? Every generation is a product of their time. Why not focus on the positives – the Millennials are also said to be adaptive, confident and optimistic – and consider how to harness these strengths instead?

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Rashunda Tramble - 18 Jun 2013, 4:50 p.m.

I don't have a Time subscription, so I can't read the actual article, but the NIH's labelling of an entire age group as narcissistic makes me cringe. Every age group has pluses and minuses.

Time's blog (and the Time article mentioned ( seems to put millennials in a more positive light:

<em>"[Stein] argues that rather than being inherently self-centered or overconfident, millennials are just adapting quickly to a world undergoing rapid technological change. They’re optimistic, they’re confident and they’re pragmatic at a time when it can be difficult just to get by. Those aren’t bad qualities to have, even if it means they spend too much time on their phones."</em>

Yes, millennials can quickly adapt. And that's a quality we'll need if we want to cope with our changing times (climate, economics, food, etc). Remember what they've seen as children: 9/11, the Bali bombings, the dot com bubble, etc. And due to the speed of communication nowadays, they've probably been exposed to things we couldn't imagine when we were their age.

Even though I cringe at stereotyping a group, I do believe millennials have a solid core of hope with a very thin layer of cynicism. Just enough to keep things real. Bring on the millennials!

Alicia Montoya - 18 Jun 2013, 5:51 p.m.

I'm with Rashunda. It will take tons of technology, optimism and adaptability to find solutions to the mammoth and interconnected challenges the world faces. Millenials are just what we need!

Matt Singleton - 20 Jun 2013, 12:58 p.m.

This post reminded me of a quote:

'And these children that you spit on
'As they try to change their worlds
'Are immune to your consultations
'They're quite aware of what they're going through'

From Changes: a song written in 1971 by David Bowie (b. 1947): very much an anthem for the 'baby boom' generation.

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