Pudin said something on the child support thread that I thought could make a great thread on it's own. This whole differences between generations thing.
I think the next generation will be worse. They were raised on participation ribbons and feel good about every bad thing you did bullshit. Blame the teacher when your kid acts like an ass, etc.
Millenials take quite a few knocks for this whole "everyone gets a ribbon" and "everyone gets praised" thing. And for "not being able to do anything for themselves" because they are group-oriented. (Not quoting Pudin here - just using general quotes often said about Millenials.) I know I've said it about them myself often enough.
Then somewhere about a year ago I read an article talking about it from a different perspective.
We X'ers were the "me" generation - we were a very independent, do things by ourselves kind of generation. Millenials are the "us" generation - they were raised in an environment that valued teamwork and group participation with the "everybody gets a ribbon" thing. As a result Millenials don't do things by themselves like X'ers, but rather they turn to the peer that has that knowledge/strength/expertise for their assistance.
Basically they work together like a squad in first-person shooter games.
Each of them has their role and they each play that role because they know the squad works best and can accomplish the most when each role (assault, sniper, support, engineer, etc.) focuses on the designated task in their role instead of trying to do them all.
This made the whole "can't function outside of the group" thing I struggled to accept about Millenials make more sense to me. Yeah, it's very different from how us X'ers are. But we X'ers have our downsides too.
We're not just the "do things by ourselves" generation, another aspect of the "me" generation is the "do things for
ourselves" part. The overall mood of the X'ers was a very driven "what's in it for me". Not Millenials - they want to be part of something that has a larger purpose and benefit for society and others (going back to the group mentality), even if it does mean they don't get as much out of it for themselves individually.
Anyway, that's basically just a long-ass way of me saying that what I read made it a bit easier for me to accept the group mentality of Millenials.
And how after reading it I can see the benefits of a group-oriented generation. (Especially one that immediately follows a "me" generation.)