A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Enough of the Generational Hucksterism

Fifteen years ago I was into generational studies up to my chin. I read everything I could get my hands on in order to know how the church could reach out to and tap into the different generational characteristics.

I read nothing on generational studies anymore because I now see little value in the discipline (if it can be called that).

I call your attention to a post from Millennial Ben Schrekinger:
Young people "are more materialistic and less interested in working hard than the baby boomers were in their teens," CNBC reports, citing one study. "Millennials are Selfish and Entitled" blares one Time headline, taking as its evidence a Reason-Rupe poll that finds large majorities of Americans think millennials are selfish and entitled. We're also "more likely to ditch work friends for the sake of a promotion" Time reports, on the strength of a survey conducted by … LinkedIn. We may be "more likely to take credit for others work" warns NBC News, before consoling readers with a brand strategist's observation that "young American adults may have finally learned humility from the current economic climate." Yes, there's nothing like having our elders bring about economic calamity to finally teach us a little humility.
Schrekinger's entire post is worth a read.

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