I’m not just a stereotype, I’m an individual too!
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Yes I admit it. I’m part of Generation Y. But I don’t see a problem in it. Here’s why:
Research shows that we are a generation that is more accepting and tolerant of cultural, religious and sexual differences
We are a group of ‘experiencers’ and we make the most of what life has to offer
As we have grown up with TV advertising and mass marketing, we are weary and cynical of it
Although many of us don’t follow an organised religion, we are more ‘spiritual’ in our view of life
We have the view that we ‘work to live’ not ‘live to work’
We are technologically savvy (I love love love iPhones and Skype
We are more adaptable to change and more team oriented (we want to work collaboratively and have fun at work!)
If we’re unhappy about work, we just change jobs rather than just ‘dealing’ with it like our parents would
There are some things about the research on Generation Y that don’t fit with who I am – namely the generalisation that we are lazy and have attention deficit disorder – although come to think of it, I have never seen my younger sister (who also happens to be a Generation Y-er) watch an entire movie without SMS
‘ing (in the cinema) or Facebook
ing on her laptop (when we’re watching a DVD at home).
So if you want to find out more on this subject, I recommend the Herald Sun
article ‘A-Z of Generation Y’. It’s an interesting read, but I would still take it with a grain of salt -stereotyping a person before you get to know that person is a sin in itself!