Lisa Kline, an intern candidate for my company’s summer position, wrote about the Echo-Boom generation in her application. She made some interesting observations that caught my attention. Today’s youth may not be ready for the future.
Echo-Boomers are those people born from 1982-1995. This is the first generation to grow up in a truly digital world. They had personal computers at home and are technologically savvy.
Eco-Boomers are the most protected and watched over generation in history. Many of them have never ridden a bike without a helmet or ridden in a car without a seat belt.
Lisa pointed out that each member thinks of themselves as special, unique. They all grew up being told they were above average. They were rewarded for participation rather than achievement. This has caused many Eco-Boomers to grow up with a feeling of entitlement. Consequently, they tend to seek over indulgence and instant gratification.
Focusing on the here and now, Eco-Boomers have a difficult time thinking long term. The future seems too far away to worry about. Many of them are not taking the precautions to be ready for the future. This is one of the biggest drawbacks of the Eco-Boom generation. They may not be ready for what lies ahead, especially if the world they inherit leads to a declining standard of living.
When you have so much, it can be hard to accept less. What happens if that becomes the reality? If this trend were to manifest, there could be millions who would struggle to accept a world where things are not as good as they used to be.
Eco-Boomers were raised to view themselves as part of a whole. Schools today focus on teamwork not always individual accomplishment. Many class assignments are now group projects.
Beyond the change in mindset, there are more students in the Eco-Boom generation than Generation X. This means that if there is less in the future, there will be a greater number of people competing for those resources and opportunities. How would this reality hold up against the teamwork mentality they were raised with?
The future is uncertain. However, it does appear to hold challenges especially if adults today fail to prepare children for tomorrow.
Is your family ready?