Have you spoken to a millennial lately? Maybe you have hired a handful? Maybe you interact in your daily lives. For me, I try not to - for the most part. Why's that DB?
It's because of the over-confidence. It's just too much for me.
It's one of the things I really, really, really don't understand.
Where do millennials get their uber-confidence from?
I remember when I was young(er) I would say a bunch of things that sounded arrogant. Like, when I told a German editor for a publications company I was working for that he was terrible at his job. And that I waste so much time re-writing others' crappy work and I wouldn't need to if he could do his job properly.
I know, that's not nice. (In my defence, I was just ahead of my time. If it was 20 years' later, and I was his boss - it'd be fine.) But it shocks me that I would say something like that.
Even so, we knew our limits. There were lines you wouldn't cross. And you wouldn't prance around looking non-gendered advising all and sundry as a veritable philosopher king or queen.
The crap that millennials say and do today! Take a quip from the past and multiply to the nth.
They assume leadership in all things and love advising others with a supercilious confidence. I have had employees half my age say things like:
"That's okay, I know you are trying".
"If you ran your company this way, it would be much better"
"Why aren't you giving me everything I want. I told you already"
"Oh I can't believe you said that. Now I'm feeling really bad. Look how you made me feel".
"That's okay. I'll wait until your situation improves, and then you can pay me what I'm worth".
"Here's a secret you probably don't know: if you just believe, it will all happen as you want".
And, on and on ...
There's no irony. No sarcasm. No humility.
Where does the confidence come from?
I can't believe that it would be just social media. It's not just social media. It's not just them tweeting backwards and forwards.
In my view, it is the digital life.
In other words, it is because they have not experienced much at all - the highs or the lows of things: being truly fragile, vulnerable, or less than knowing. I'm not saying they haven't felt things. Experiencing is not the same as feeling it. Being chased by a (real) bear is not the same as being chased by a giant intergalactic villain in a computer game.
It is because they hardly experience anything.
When I was 20, I was using my wits to stay alive while hitch hiking. I was letting off firecrackers with drug fuelled native Americans.
What about your average 30 year old? They had someone troll them on Facebook, and someone 'they knew' change gender. Have they missed important milestones of development? Yes, I believe so. There's not only no rush to 'grow up', it's just not possible.
I contend that most have no life experience. That's why the confidence is so ridiculously out of proportion. The Digital Economy is not based on experience or legit danger or obstacles. It is fake. It produces false confidence.
I know, I know.
There's a millennial in the corner saying, "I'll wait for Dr B to catch up. I'll wait. Sigh".
My retort is that I guess you can have too much of a good thing.