Finally a topic I feel I have some inherent knowledge in.
My pal MeggiePoo pointed me to this recent Washington Post profile story on “Generation Y Guru” Anne Loehr. The story examines how Gen-Y communicates and Loehr’s thoughts and insights on the topic. A few people (including me) didn’t think she exactly hit the mark.
Let’s take a look at her “Generation Cheat Sheet” and see what she has down for Gen-Y:
- Born: 1981-2001 (so far so good…)
- 9/11 (it was, but wasn’t it life-shaping for everyone?)
- Reality TV (I don’t think it’s the reason we’ve changed our language as she says, I think technology is to blame for that)
- AIDS (Really? I mean I don’t want to make light of the seriousness or how widespread it is, I just don’t think it’s really on our minds all the time or it has an ever constant presence on our lives)
- Internet boom/bust
- Safety laws
- Authentically confident
- Tolerant and diverse
- Socially, politically and eco-conscious (I hear this one a lot but I’m in the camp that maybe it’s doesn’t resonate with Millennials as much as we thought.)
Overall I found that she was very hit or miss, what I really hate hearing about my generation is how pretentious we are and how we come in with a sense of entitlement. As a first generation American I embrace the a culture of hard work and I never expect anything that I’m not going to work for.
I agree with Trunk and her points, I find myself reading her insights and becoming more enlightened, having my own ah-ha moment.
What do my Gen-Y friends think? Do you agree with Loehr? Trunk? Both? None?
Thanks for all your opinions, looks like my post caught the eye of a certain columnist, whom I think is hot:
Sent: Fri 7/17/09 11:08 AM
Hey, Patrick. Thanks for the nice blog post you wrote. It’s fun to read the comments, also. Fun to hear people analyzing their own demographic. It’s so hard to do. Reminds me of how my friends can all tell when I should dump a guy, but it’s really hard for me to see when I should dump him…