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Blog Council 5 Remarks

The blog council thought that overall the posts from a week ago had great visuals and used the quiz effectively to introduce your topics. The views and ratings went up which could mean that you are choosing great tags and topics. Some of the blog posts seemed to lack a cohesive topic at times, so that could be something to work on for Week 7. Continue reading Blog Council 5 Remarks

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Hookup or Happily Ever After?

She receives an all too familiar text Friday night reading, “Hey. What are you up to later?” She reads it and ignores it for thirty minutes to come off aloof to him, the guy she’s been hooking up with for four months. All of her weekend “non-dates” have had the elegance and charmlessness of a keg stand…but hey, at least she doesn’t have to deal with the emotional entanglement of a relationship being a twenty-six year old young professional in pursuit of becoming successful in a high paying career. Continue reading Hookup or Happily Ever After?

Remember KONY 2012?? Me Neither

I watched the compelling 30 minute documentary and was blown away by the effective and powerful message the filmmakers managed to convey for the non-profit Invisible Children.  I deliberated for a few moments, and then thought this is important.  I clicked the share button on Facebook and joined the barrage of Facebook users who also felt compelled to hop on the bandwagon and share the video.   Continue reading Remember KONY 2012?? Me Neither

The New Kids on the Block

Does your child watch too much TV? Is your child lazy and unmotivated? Does your child spend more than 5 hours a day in front of a computer screen? I feel like these are negative questions that are based on our technology loving generation, but who’s fault is it? An article from whattoexpect.com suggests that it’s the parents who instill these bad habits in their children from a very young age. We are brought up watching TV and playing with our smart phones, but it’s because our parents allow it.  Continue reading The New Kids on the Block

Keep on Keepin’ on

When I first read the prompt and how it was about measuring “how much of a millennial” we are I instantly thought about my relationship with technology. I could imagine people having the same reaction. Due to the up rise, advancements, and innovations that have taken place with technology throughout the last two decades I think it is safe to assume that this would be a huge differentiating point between Millennials and Generation Xers. Millenials never had to be introduced to the idea of technology, but rather had to adjust to the changes that have been made in existing technology that make our lives “easier” and more “efficient”. This tendency to accept technology reminded me of Orr’s article and one of the specific reasons he says we are unsustainable- that we “dominate nature.” Continue reading Keep on Keepin’ on

The Millennials: The Good, some Bad, and hopefully not any Ugly

Before I took the quiz, I thought to myself that I probably wouldn’t score very high. I have social media accounts, but aren’t that active in them and use them mostly for news about what’s going on. Also, I don’t feel like I’m as absorbed by my phone as many of my peers. Despite these feelings, I received a score of 93. Not only was I surprised by my results, but I also wasn’t sure how to feel about them. When it comes to the term “millennial,” I feel like there is more of a negative connotation to it. I decided to do a little research into the topic to see what credible sources had to say about us millennials. Continue reading The Millennials: The Good, some Bad, and hopefully not any Ugly

Take a Step Back before Forward

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.

Millennial Advertising

In my opinion, one of the most important shifts companies need to make to reach the millennial generation is in the way they advertise. As a millennial (and a decently stereotypical one as I scored a 93/100 on my quiz) I am much more likely to notice a company’s new product if it is advertised on Twitter or Facebook than I would if it were advertised on TV or in the newspaper. As the technologically savvy millennial generation gets older, and becomes the largest generation in the world, companies will have to continue to adapt their advertising to reach what will be the largest proportion of consumers.

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Are you the change we need in the world?

Most millennial was raised in households with parents that were born in the Baby Boomer arena. Baby boomers were known as a questioning generation; as a result, they raised their children to do the same thing: make inquiries. Individuals in leadership roles are mostly baby boomers so it is interesting to see the disconnect that lies between the employee-employer relationships when these two generations should be  speaking the same language or do they?

Realizing the majority of my peers are millennial, I found the survey and topic beneficial. This topic raises the question on how we can learn to better interact with each other. I am not a product of the millennial generation but I was born a Generation X child. Born in the late 70’s, where we still used pay phones and 8-tracks and played outside until the street lights came on. A generation of making up games to play and not using technology. A generation where computers was only found in businesses, cell phones was in a carry case (that looked like a briefcase) and Atari was the only gaming system around.  I see the differences in how we view life and the avenues we take to approach it. The variances in how we approach and analysis situations also result in the outcomes being different.

Between millennia’s and their parents, generation X faced several issues that I believe changed the perspectives of our group. Some of these issues consisted of shifts with financial, legal, medical, and family matters that shaped our views of what the “world” should look like.  Since my generation felt they didn’t have a voice; they fought  to have a say at the table.

Some valuable characteristics of individuals that are Generation Xers includes adaptability, balance between work and life, and autonomy. My attitude is on the fence with generational conversations because my views are quite similar to the millennial. Having a child the same age as my peers forces me to understand them even more but also causes me to be more adaptive to their way of thinking.

As we move forward in the business world, I believe generation Y(millennial) have to face more challenges in the world than the previous generations.  Because of this occurrence, it will force them to change the dynamics of management due to their different views of the concepts of authority.