So this dumb opinion piece on what’s wrong with my generation happened. Pretty much all articles that make sweeping generalizations about anybody are flawed at the heart. This is no exception. Most I can write off as just another denizen of the internet weighing in with their special snowflake opinion, but this one was actually getting re-posted. A lot. By my Facebook friends. So I thought it might be important to point out why this is not, in fact, real life, and is, in fact, utterly insulting.
Let’s take a look at this guy’s argument, point by point.
- Wait But Why Dude: “Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. She’s also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y…I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group—I call them Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies, or GYPSYs. A GYPSY is a unique brand of yuppie, one who thinks they are the main character of a very special story.”
Actual Twenty-Something Who Lives In Real Life:
- Nice job picking a racial/ethnic slur as your cutesy acronym.
2. WBWD: “Before we talk more about Lucy, let’s quickly figure out if you, the reader, are a Gen Y Protagonist & Special Yuppie. The Gen Y part is easy—you have to have been born sometime between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s (there are various opinions on the exact range of time, but this is the most common). As for the Protagonist & Special Yuppie part, let’s lay out some guidelines. You’re probably a GYPSY if:
- You went to sleep-away summer camp during your youth.
- You’ve won a number of meaningless awards.
- You studied abroad during college.
- You, after graduating college, considered (or will consider) big, famous cities like New York, San Francisco, LA, or DC, or small, fancy cities like Boulder or Santa Barbara as the only acceptable places to move (i.e. you feel like too special of a person to move to somewhere like Cleveland).
- You have disdain for a restaurant like The Olive Garden or Red Lobster.
- You need to have an iPhone and wouldn’t consider an Android phone.
- Foodie is a word you’ve ever called yourself or anyone else.
- You’ve been to a therapist without any severe mental illness.
- You have started your own business or have plans to do so.
- You regularly talk or think about your passions.
- You’ve ever had a blog. Shit.”
I am doing this right now.