The latest term for those of us (though I will soon be abandoning this club) in our twenties is the Entitlement Generation. As the article notes, every generation has its period of negative labeling: “In their day, baby boomers were rabble-rousing hippies, while Gen Xers were apathetic slackers.”
The crux of the Entitlement Generation is that the members of this generation expect high salaries to come quickly without much of the hard work that those in the past have experienced early in their careers. Are lenient parents (like mine, who basically let me do whatever I wanted and pursue any interest I had) to blame? Or perhaps the young individuals have already learned the knowledge baby boomers took thirty years to acquire: there’s more to life than a career built on working for someone else.
Updated July 14, 2010 and originally published June 27, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.