They call us generation quiet. But online, we’re having a riot – Sunday Times Column


Has a generation ever been as lazy as mine? There are so many charges of apathy against us millennials, I can’t be bothered to list them. We’re reactionary, unengaged and politically disinterested. In the last general election, under half of 18- to 24-year-olds bothered to vote, compared with 76% of those aged 65 and over. Research by the Hansard Society this year found that only 12% of young people are certain to vote in 2015.

We don’t learn to drive. We enter the job market reluctantly, unable to spell (allegedly). We fly the nest late, only to boomerang back. So, we’ve been written off as the “meh” generation. The New York Times columnist Thomas L Friedman dubbed us generation Q for quiet. My friend’s joke we’re “generation burgh”, so lazy we can’t be bothered to think of a name.

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3 thoughts on “They call us generation quiet. But online, we’re having a riot – Sunday Times Column

  1. Ben

    Good article Katie… From experience, I see the problem with this is that when the children of the IT revolution are lucky enough to get a break in a world-class niche industry, they don’t seem to appreciate their opportunity. It has become a big problem for employers to get them to concentrate on being educated in the tasks for which they are being trained to accomplish.

    Speed and dexterity with smartphones and social media platforms, do not good characters make.

    Peeling them from (for example, and relative to your article) their iPhones – physically or mentally is a deeply disturbing problem, and the issues with this include their training schedules; the problem for us of having to comply with the poisonous politically correct (EU derived) agenda of the course regulations to which we are obliged to adhere, i.e. the “fairness, diversity, inclusiveness, and discriminatory” of the “NVQ” umbrella. We, as responsible adults are prevented from exercising our time-served knowledge of years of experience in a manner we see fit for our industry. When I was an apprentice, a bit of discipline did no harm, quite the contrary in fact. Smartphones are a big problem, regardless of supervision and accountability.

    There is obviously no way to stop the intrusion of what the IT age has brought, but whilst we still rely so heavily on everyday things that cannot be created on a smartphone screen, and must implicate the abilities and knowledge of those educated and brought up in the last years of the Industrial revolution. There are exceptions, but generally neither I, nor my fellow employees have any confidence in, or respect for, the new generation… “Blair’s children”

    1. 00katieglass00 Post author

      Brilliant comment and really interesting thoughts. I do think the speed and dexterity kids have with smartphones and social media platforms does translate into work though – I find myself thinking of the “i taught a homeless man to code’ headline in the Guardian yesterday… Maybe if we recognised what (young ) people CAN do, and enjoy doing then we can find a way for it to feed into jobs they love that they want to do well at…

  2. Damion Rauner

    Apple surely knows there are people like me who upgrade every other iteration. I will always skip a year. I’m also never going to get burned again having “last year’s model”. That really killed me with the 3G in the last year or 18 months that I used it.


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