I’ve seen many of these article in the past, but for some reason this one REALLY got under my skin.
My first reaction is AAAAARRRGGGH!! Not because I want to be a pirate and wear a puffy shirt, but because it is things like this (and the mentality they promote) that DIVIDES us. This is part of the problem, not the solution.
First of all, WHO CARES if people graduating in 2018 don’t know who Destiny’s Child is? I graduated in 1988 and I am SURE there are things that were important pop culturally to previous generations that I had no idea about. Yet, I survived.
WHO CARES if these folks have to view a Motorola Razr in a museum? That’s where I get to see the tools that early cave-people used to survive. Nobody weeped that I was missing out on actually using them.
All these types of articles do is widen the divide between generations. Boomers and Xers laugh and feel superior because they know about this stuff while younger generations just get more ammo for not trusting the older generations.
What we should be doing, is focusing on what brings us together, not what separates us. It’s team building 101… find what you have in COMMON and explore that.
I think part of the reason these types of comparisons are so popular is that A. it’s easier to find differences than similarities, and B. We don’t have to admit that the world has passed us by and if the things on this list are still relevant, then we must still be relevant.
No doubt, there is a fear factor working with (especially) younger generations. They do things differently, they talk differently, they work differently… and somehow being efficient and using technology to accomplish something (and then having more time to spend with friends and family) is less attractive than toiling away for hours on end with no social life.
It’s because the toil is what is known. Don’t get caught up in being stagnant because of the fear of the unknown. As fast as things move, you could become irrelevant in the blink of an eye.
Seriously, stop the “generations-are-different-and-different-is-bad” madness and mentality! We all want to succeed and be part of something great! That just looks different in 2014 than it did in 1984… and that’s a good thing!
If you need more help in figuring out how to bridge the generational gap, check out my friend Ken Whiting and all he and his company WAVES for Success has to offer. Ken gets it, and he can help you get it, too.
Okay, I feel better now.
Thanks for reading!!
About the author: This is not the first time Matt has written about looking for the similarities, rather than the differences between the various generations. The Kids Are Alright is a blog post about just that. The Kids Are Alright is also a movie about The Who. Some readers might not know who The Who is, and that’s okay. That’s why there’s Google.