(Here is an account of another mind-bending coincidence that just happened to me…)
What will happen to Millennial parents when they realize their kids hate doing selfies with them? Worse yet, what happens if their kids love selfies as much as their parents?
This thought and potential Tweet popped into my head during a run/jog just a few days ago. (Millennials are the generation following my own, Gen X, born between roughly 1982 and 2004). Now, this thought was not just out of the blue, as Millennials and hipsters have been on my mind for a while (the latter being the cool subset of the former), mostly because I interact with them on a daily basis as a college professor and have noticed some, shall we say, “interesting” new behaviors and trends. Broadly speaking, hipsters are wrapped up in their music, fashion, food, causes, and themselves, all in a potentially ironic manner and all of which have been radically transformed during their generation by revolutionary technology (e.g. cell phones, iPods, the Internet).
Like most people, I have made some fun of hipsters and Millennials, but nothing too mean-spirited (see my Tweets). I like and enjoy my students a great deal, and I know quite a few who definitely fit the hipster category. In fact, one characteristic of hipsters is that they can poke fun at themselves, so they are a generally likable, though self-absorbed, lot. I find their basic love of life is infectious, and their striving for experiences rather than just status or possessions can be a model for everyone. Many Boomers and GenXers, are not so kind to Millennials, however, a fact highlighted in a Tweet I remembered on my run by a former colleague now at Baylor, Alan Jacobs, who said “In another six months there’ll be nothing on Twitter except Millennials and Boomers sneering at each other. Two more terms to mute, I guess.”
So, again the comment that had popped into my head: “What will happen to Millennial parents when they realize their kids hate doing selfies with them? Worse yet, what happens if their kids love selfies as much as their parents?” But, I thought, I don’t want to be that old guy, harping on the younger generation. Doesn’t every generation in their 20’s take flak from the older generations for not measuring up or being too different? Give it a rest, I told myself. Millennials will figure out parenting just like every other generation in human history–they have a lot going for them, after all.
10 minutes later I was home, grabbing the mail out of the mailbox before going in the house. The new Time magazine had arrived, and here was the cover:
I mean, how freaky is that?!?! The thought was in my head, and 10 minutes later it was on the cover of a magazine! Granted, it was not too unusual that I was thinking about Millennials, and it’s not too unusual a cover for Time, but the confluence of the two events within 10 minutes is most definitely cause for wonder!
Does everyone run into coincidences like this as much as I do?? I’m beginning to really wonder, as I just had another strange one happen yesterday; more on that later.