‘Millennials’ musings – part 2

// It’s taken longer than I’d hoped, but ‘hey-ho’, life is full and fun at the moment! I introduced Millennials (written by the coolest named couple in the world, Amy & Frog Orr-Ewing) in a previous post and wanted to continue getting some quotes up here. So here’s some interesting bits from the first of five chapters, ‘What the commentators say’:

New Victorians

“We have used the term ‘New Victorians’ to emphasise that there are two sides to the story of the rising generations, neither of which is mutually exclusive. There are those who are enfranchised, the affluent, empowered young adults bolstered by self-esteem, and those who have unravelled even further than their parents, concentrated around new urban realities with a greater divide between rich and poor, and less social mobility than their parents grew up with.” p22

Technology

Millennials are “technologically competent” and “feel comfortable with the constant change and progression of technology.” This leads to “a difference in mentality” andsubtle and complex ways of accessing and sharing information.” p23

Probably the best quote of this chapter though comes from page 24: “The New Victorians use technology to find their social balance… Community is important and it is maintained electronically.” Social balance. That’s a great phrase. Facebook, Twitter, Google+… need we say more.

Fragility

Millennials “have entered adulthood with a fragility which needs to be understood – straddling a wider and wider gap between their lived, felt and experienced lives and those which they long for, aspire to and expect.”p23

“Though their parents split up, they want to stay together, though they may have had one-night stands and lost their virginity in their early teens, they hunger for romance, though they have taken drugs and binge drink, they want to get through their rebellion by their early twenties. Many have been brought up with scientific worldview, but believe in supernatural creation, have a spirituality but not a clear faith, have loneliness and an obsession with friendship.” p24

That fragility and seeming contradiction strikes me. As I look at myself and my friends lives I wonder if that fragility has also led to a fragmentation of identity too? I’m told to be too many things by too many, often contradicting, influences in my culture. If fragility and brokenness are hallmarks of 18-30 year olds then maybe calling our community ‘Mosaic’ is more profound than we thought. The good news? Well, that Jesus is in the business of putting us back together.

Celebrity and Brands

“It has become more important to be famous than to be talented, to be a celebrity than to be qualified, to be rich than to be deserving” p26

Relationships

Pages 26-34 contain some fascinating quotes from Millennials grappling with relationships which the authors highlight as a craving towards security and more traditional values when it comes to relationships. The authors quote Telegraph writer Bryony Gordon whose piece on the New Victorians includes a fascinating quote from ‘Kate’:

“I think that we all grow up so quickly nowadays and I got all the debauchery out of my system in my late teens. I’m not madly into going out, though that’s not to say I don’t. We’d just rather nest and cook” p28

Fascinating. Just fascinating. As Gordon reflects:

“Where are the 7am finishes after drug-fuelled nights in cool East End clubs? Where are the gruelling careers? Where is the twenty something, Sex and the City-style glamour? When, exactly, did it beome cool to be so uncool?” p28

However, an important point is that all the quotes the authors refer to are from women. Whilst fascinating in itself, I’m intrigued that there aren’t any quotes from men. I suspect 18-30 year old men think differently. What do you think?

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