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This topic of millennials and how they are defined seems to be popping up a bit recently. I don't know the right answer really. But it occurs to me that projection is a human trait and is often at play when we look critically at others. I wonder if it isn't just as much a factor in defining one generation defining another generation.

Anyway, this is a side of the conversation I don't hear as much and I thought it was worth putting out there.

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  • glen

    glen 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I remember a lot of (mostly negative) discussion about the Generation X. I think you're probably right... it's usually by an older generation that doesn't understand the younger.

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    • Chet_Manly

      Chet_Manly 3 months, 3 weeks ago

      I also remember reading newspaper articles about the shortcomings of GenXers. My personal guess is that some in the older generations often include their own short comings in these descriptions. Although I am very confident there is a small section of millennials that are their stereotype to at T.

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      • glen

        glen 3 months, 3 weeks ago

        "Although I am very confident there is a small section of millennials that are their stereotype to at T."

        Ohhhh yeah.

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  • dewtattoo

    dewtattoo 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Every generation has a problem with the generation that follows. It's one of those "Damn Kids! Get off my lawn" situations.

    But with that said, the younger generations are still comical to poke fun of. The Great Indoors is a funny show, and the Millennials in that show remind me of a couple of my "20-something"-year-old nephews, so that show's comedy is not that far of a stretch.

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  • ben.terry

    ben.terry 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I agree with the other comments and would like to add the difference, as I see it in Generation Snowflake. I think the difference is that previous generation haven't had such a loud voice (social media) to express their... youth and inexperience. So the perception of them is out of focus. On that I believe the cult of social media followship and pressure (needing to agree with the loudest person) further distorts the truth. By the time they get a mortgage they will be complaining about the new young generation.

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    • Chet_Manly

      Chet_Manly 3 months, 2 weeks ago

      That's an excellent point as well. Many times I have reflected and been thankful for a lack of social media access when I was at my most immature period of life.

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