Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Little Boxes

A recent story from the NYTimes was aimed at an examination of the label currently being bandied about with reference to twentysomethings: "The Entitlement Generation." The report is a short and interesting read, but what captured my attention was the collection of labels given like "little boxes" into which one might gather whole bunches of people - an effort better engaged for entertainment than for any accuracy that might be taken from a notion. So for the fun of it, here are some terms mentioned in the article:

Entitlement Generation: those with shockingly high expectations for slary, job flexibility and duties but little willingness to take on grunt work or remain loyal to a company; committed to something called "fun"

A "quarter-life crisis": the difficult time to be had in making a transition to work

Baby Boomers: rabble-rousing hippies

Gen Xers: apathetic slackers

Kidployees: employees aged 16 to 24

1 comment:

Hilary said...

Maybe it is a huge generalization, but I do love to rant: "Kids these days think they are entitled to everything they have not earned". Then I quickly cover my mouth with two hands, look around, and swear my mother was just in the room! : )