Monday, December 8, 2008
Those crazy Gen Ys...
I've seen a lot written lately about Gen Y's post college depression and I'm worried. Not because they're supposedly depressed, but because they are being labeled depressed.
When I was there age, they called that being a slacker. Which describes neither Gen X or Gen Y. To me it was the way Boomers saw what we were going through. And calling Ys depressed is just another way to make the younger people feel like they're not living up to their potential.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think we should give our Gen Y brothers and sisters a free ride. Getting through those first years out of college is a rite of passage that I believe is necessary if we're going to grow into strong, independent adults. But let's remember that we all went through this, too. And it wasn't fun to be labeled because of it.