Relax, It's Just Another Generation

Friday, May 10, 2013

By now you've probably seen this week's cover of Time Magazine focused on the millennial generation, with a less than flattering name for them:

time millennials cover may 2013

Hating on the generation coming of age is nothing new. Here's Time magazine's cover from July 1990 describing Gen X as having "trouble making decisions ... They have few heroes, no anthems, no style to call their own. They crave entertainment, but their attention span is as short as one zap of a TV dial. They hate yuppies, hippies and druggies. They postpone marriage because they dread divorce." Hmmm. Does that last sentence sound familiar?

time gen x cover july 1990

Time's take on Boomers in a June 1968 issue isn't any less negative, with a cover story pronouncing them, "troubled and troublesome ... with a sober, even tragic view of life."

time boomers cover june 1968

Moral of the story: every generation gets a bad rap from the ones preceding it. All of them turn out okay.

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