Before taking the quiz, I don’t think I understood the wide range of qualities that defines Millennials. I used to think of myself as an exception to the general rule because it is rare that I send more than 10 texts/day, or watch more than an hour of television. This is a narrow definition of Millennials; however, and as I answered the remainder of the questions I began to realize the other “81%” of qualities that I share with my peers.
Despite the vast majority of similarities, I want to use this post to define and describe my main concern with the direction that the Millennial generation has taken. I have been reading a book titled Hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a good life in the Digital Age which would offer anyone interested a good description of my stance on how I interact with technology. To sum up what I have read so far, William Powers argues that life in the digital age has sacrificed “depth” for a dramatic increase in constant connectivity. Later in the book, he’ll be talking about the need and desire to “disconnect” and how to reconcile two competing drives.
Most of my answers that disagree with the Millennial Generation from the quiz revolve around the themes that I described. The main problem that I think a lot of Millennials may see (but are unable to address) is the inability to disconnect: during family dinners, during class, or during moments that should or could bring a “depth” that a phone could not. I think that as Millennials we must be able to adopt a new lifestyle that can accomodate our need to connect with others deeply, while maintaining that global-scale of connectivity that has brought about an increase in our understanding of the world at large.
One thing that I found to be interesting was that, despite being more connected than ever, my generation was the least likely to have contacted a government official in the past 12 months. I think that this may be correlated to the Millennials generalized lack of faith in government. The “Generation We” video seemed to be a call to arms for Millennials to create change through voting, but I think that our mode of change is through social networks, spreading knowledge that changes attitudes, and starting a global conversation for the betterment of humanity.