I O.D.ed on millennial generalizations after only three professional conferences and meetings last year and have since consciously avoided sessions about those crazy aliens we’ve spawned. So maybe I’m not educated enough on the topic to have an authoritative opinion. But that doesn’t stop me having a non-authoritative opinion, and here it is: throughout all of history, the younger generation has always been alien.
“But their brains operate differently,” you say.
“How do you know?” I reply. “How many generations of kids have had their brains scanned?”
Well, TCM is playing the 1968 movie “The Impossible Years” right now and guess what, it’s all about how teens are wired differently and how teens and adults are completely incomprehensible to each other. The mother in this film just told the incredulous dad, “And what do you suppose our daughter is doing right now? She’s reading.” Nobody can believe it. They think it’s a miracle. And yes, I said the movie was from 1968.
So the specific differences between adult and kid may differ from year to year and from research study to research study, not to mention from specific adult to specific adult and specific kid to specific kid. But the younger generation is always alien… and this is completely natural.