Darren’s thoughts on my post “Everything is average nowadays” regarding alter egos and stepping outside the safety zone, got me thinking about University students – and particularly the ones I meet in public relations.
No offence, but they are all awfully nice and normal. There aren’t many weird or eccentric students in the class of 2007.
I’m not talking about disfunctional in a US University sense, fortunately. But young people willing to express themselves with a style and/or opinions that marks them out from the crowd. Where are the wacky or weird ones? I know it is Bournemouth, but…
So do they reflect typical Generation Y or Millennial traits? Apparently, this generation’s form of rebellion is to be anti-rebels; to be more subserviant to authority. They are the “risk averse” generation having received a lot of parental attention owing to falling birth rates. Supposedly this is a “sad generation“; depressed by gloomy world events, a lifetime of debt and a cynical marketing-savvy outlook.
But isn’t this the Internet Generation – sociable and achievement-oriented? They know just what to do to succeed, so don’t need to rock the boat. Parental attention makes them feel special, gives them high expectations. They see adults as equals not the establishment to be challenged. They’re students in desres accommodation – with microwaves, washing machines and wifi for their laptops.
Clearly these are stereotypes, but the fact remains, I meet very few eccentric students. Maybe like those going to Harvard they are just “secure in their own fabulosity, so they really don’t brag, and they’ll totally be happy for you if you do something cool.”