The article “Are Millennials the Screwed Generation” takes a deeper look in growing up in the generation I was raised in. Mr. Kotkin has plenty of data showing that overall there are some disadvantages in growing up in this time period. That being said we have many advantages growing up in the technology savvy world of the 21st century.
Kotkin argues that kids today have far more issues than the past. We have for more debt than our grandparents and college puts a strain on our finances. the fact that “employers are often replacing entry-level positions meant for graduates with people who have more experience because the pool of applicants is so much larger”. This means that often times minimum wage or low-paying jobs are help by over-qualified workers. “The unemployment rate for people between 18 and 29 is 12 percent in the U.S., nearly 50 percent above the national average. This means that us Millennials have a far tough time fairing in the economy than those before us.
Its not all bad though as we too have our advantages. We are far less likely to have kids than baby boomers and the fact that jobs aren’t so available has led to cut back in children. We are also living in a far more moderate and open-minded world and we are able to better cope with changes in the world. From gay marriages to race relations, millennials are far better equipped to deal with the challenges living in such a diverse and integrated environment. Technology wise we are also far ahead of the game and with the technology available to us today we can change the world. If I am anything, if we are anything, we are Millennials and we are ready to change the world!