The National Journal makes the point that the Millennial Generation is the unluckiest generation.
Because it is also the luckiest.
The Millennial Generation is loosely defined as the generation of Americans born in the 80s or 90s. Obviously, a lucky generation wouldn’t have the exact date of their creation, right? Just like every tool becomes a weapon and every weapon becomes a tool, technology has shaped this generation’s limitations and opportunities as no other.
The National Journal’s main point — although they’re a little wishy-washy about it — is that technology has replaced a lot of the jobs that former generations could access. Computers have increased production and automation has totally transformed the job market. That’s all true, too. And this is just beginning. We haven’t seen nothing yet.
However, the article stumbles a bit on just what advantages that technology has introduced. After all, Millennials have more computer power in their pockets than most university computer labs had in their facilities just a few decades ago. The technology has created turmoil, but every period of massive change has a transition period.
Technology is also starting to break the chains of wage slavery for this next generation of workers. More Millennials can create their own businesses online. They have access to apps and tools that give them the power of dozens of corporations at their fingertips. There are also more ways to earn money–blogs, websites, app development, affiliate businesses, etc.. We can’t forget, either, that more Millennials can arrange their work in ways that just was not possible in previous generations.
The jar is definitely half-filled for Millennials.
Or is it half-empty?
What do you think?