I hate being called a “twenty-something” because it seems as though people are assuming and labeling you as a person who belongs to a generation of dumb people who have smartphones and text rather than call. It also comes off as there is nothing original about the generation, but by calling us a bunch of idiots is not the way to start.
First, the people who call us this made us. And by that statement, I mean people who biologically made us and just raised us in any setting such as home, school, or just life in general. Second, how would you feel if I called you an obsolete generation because it seems as though that is where you are heading if we cannot collaborate in a common space. It just really hurts to be pegged in a position from the beginning to be told that you are not as smart as we were at your age, but you want me to tell you how your phone, Twitter, or the TV works.
This is my response to this article in Forbes as a person that is being described.
Point one: “Time is not a limitless commodity”
This is understood and could be more understood if the people who are mentoring or raising us in this world would let us know that it is okay to fail and ok to start from the bottom and work up. So the way we understand the world is based on who we aspire to be. The reason our generation loves quotes is because we don’t know how to analyze the world any other way because there is no good example to follow. Once we understand that we are not the bosses and teachers we had, then we can become ourselves.
Next point: “You’re talented, but talent is overrated”
I would like accept some of the blame for this because the digital native generation often does misfire its talent somewhere, but we are not solely to blame. It goes back to the people we are surrounded by. The people who raised us were very soft or removed because they do not understand that you have to help mold this talent. However, we have to figure it out ourselves. I know that talent is overrated if you can’t use it, but we can’t just go from tweeting for ourselves to a company without the help of someone.
I move on to: “We’re more productive in the morning”
I agree with this point. We are more productive, and people should wake up to get something done to feel like the did something.
Second to last I want to comment on: “Social media is not a career”
Social media will be a career in 5 years. It is not going anywhere, but it is like the generation who raised us to tell us to get the return on investment faster because the platform is real time. It takes a while for people to figure out the voice they want, and it must become a person. It will be there in 5 years because people will still use it and still communicate to brands and people on it.
Last thing I want to discuss is two points: “pick up the phone” and “be the first in and last to leave”
We do pick up the phone and call. I called a journalist today, and the response I got was “I kind of don’t have time to talk, you should just email me…” This man was forty years old. I am sorry, but you cannot have it both ways. If you are going to tell me to not call, then why do I keep trying as more people shift to just text and no voice. However, I do feel strongly about talking to people face to face if you can. This makes the person feel better and feel like they know you and not just your resume.
The job I work at currently. I show up at seven to catch up on things or just to start things early because I need to and plan out my day, and I usually stay until about 6 or 7pm. I think that the effort is there.
I do have those opinions about the twenty year olds that I know. I know for a fact that the majority of people out there fit the articles description, but I think that it is unfair to peg all of the generation as dumb. This type of environment has happened before in previous generations, but it is a greater leap leading to greater changes. I don’t know this for a fact, but I heard a man say once that the digital native generation will evolve from the previous eras because the “twenty somethings” have had to adapt and so they will know how. It may be true, or it may not, but nevertheless please don’t bite the hand that fixes your iPhone when “the app just disappeared”.