I am listening to this fascinating book – Inventing Ourselves, The secret life of the Teenage Brain by Sarah – Jayne Blakemore.
Consider this : “The Children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” Or this : “…they are passionate, irascible, …most devoted to their friends; …lacking in sexual self-restraint, fickle in their desires, passionate and impulsive.”
Sounds familiar? No, this is not from Simon Sinek’s much watched 2016 interview on InsideQuest, although this is how we typically sum up the millennials, the next generation. The youth. Well, the first quote is from Socrates (469-399 BC), the second from Aristotle, a hundred years or so later.
Our limited understanding of the adolescent, (18-25 years), fuels our socially accepted behavior of mocking them simply because they behave differently.
Time to rethink. Specially if you have an adolescent or a millennial in your home / work zone.
*demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years for Millennials ( Source : Wikipedia )