We might not be as special as everyone thinks we are.
The latest research from the University of Surprisingly Obvious Conclusions (USOC) makes the shocking claim that the Millennial Generation (recently redefined as having been born between 1980 and 1996) faces challenges and intergenerational conflict that are not unprecedented in all of human history.
“It’s been rather earth-shattering for the whole team,” Comm Onsense, Ph. D, shares, herself a Generation Xer. “For years, generational research has been operating on the assumption that Millennials represent a new paradigm for generational change. But the research is clear: Millennials are just another generation.”
The controversial paper from Dr. Onsense and her colleagues, Drs Nothing Neu Underthsun and Wat Gosaround Comsaround, presents a wide body of evidence supporting the hypothesis Millennials are subject to the same economic and social cycles as most generations.
Dr. Comsaround explains, “Each new generation faces a set of conditions and challenges that are slightly different from the ones the previous generation faced. We believe this is because each generation has a signficant impact on economic and social norms, especially as industrial and technological advancement changes the landscape, so to speak. As each generation comes of age, they are different than their parents, simply because their parents are diferent from their grandparents. It’s a beautiful cycle, when you think about it.”
The USOC team embarked on the years-long study to discover the origins of Millennials’ singularity. “We thought it might be something in the water,” Dr. Onsense says. “All the research was suggesting that Millennials are either the worst generation ever or the best.”
What they found, though, was that Millennials are just like all the rest of the human race.
The paper concedes that the rapid technological growth of the past half-century presents a new context to which all generations must learn how to adapt, especially as it continues to change. But at the core, humanity has not changed.
“Children have always lived differently from their parents,” Dr. Underthsun explains. “And parents have historically been discomfited by that. But our research shows that social differences from one generation to the next are not only a given, but also they don’t represent a massive psychological change. People work, people are lazy; people fall in love and sometimes they don’t; people invent things; people behave differently in other cultures; people seek happiness and comfort and fulfillment. We’re all human, just born at different times and in different places.”