I decided to make a thread to discuss the different stereotypes that people have about younger people (the younger Generation X people, all of Generation Y...Generation Z is not old enough to work yet, so exclude them) and stories/cases where they are not true. If you are of the older generation, feel free to start a thread like this for the older generation, if you would like.
Younger generation people live a home and leech off their parents.
This has not been the case with me. I do live at home and always have. I am in my twenties. However, I do not expect my parents to pay my bills. I do not make much money, but the money I have saved and the little bit I make now, I use to pay bills. I do not have extra to go blow on clothes and going to the beach and whatever else it is assumed the younger generation does. Also, I do contribute to helping out around the house. Many of my former high school and college classmates do the same--live at home, to make ends meet.
Any younger nurses that still live at home despite having found a job or have similar stories?
The younger generation are getting ready to have children, so they will need maternity leave or will want to be stay at home moms (SAHM).
It is true that some, maybe even most, younger people would like to have children (I will add that their baby boomer parents had kids around this time/age, as well), so it is possible. However, not all younger people want kids or can afford to have children now. I babysit; I feel like I have had my fill of kiddos. I am ready for me time, without kids. Also, the birth rates, period, not only with teen moms, is going down. That is due to the economy being sluggish and people cannot afford children. I will even throw this out there--younger people are more apt to be open to same sex relationships. Unless, there is adoption (which takes money and time) or a sperm donor (which takes money, unless you have a friend); a child probably will not enter into the picture. Again, the same sex relationship situation is not very common, but it could happen. Those are just some reasons why it is not really safe to assume that younger people will have children or need time off.
Young people are not very smart and have little life experience.
I hate this one. I know many young people, including myself, that are pretty smart--both book smart and have common sense. The life experience...this is where wisdom comes from, actually. Yeah, older people may have a lot of life experience, but with all due respect, it is because they have existed on the planet longer than younger people. Some younger people, however, have had to deal with some pretty rough things early on in life. Some younger people get married, get divorced, have parents or siblings or close friends die, have children in their teens or get an abortion, get involved with drugs and either go to jail or clean their act up and do something wonderful with their lives, some have mental issues, and some had to deal with physical illnesses like cancer, HIV, etc. at a young age. Some young people even buy houses or start businesses. All of that is life experience. When I was in high school, there were classmates that got pregnant and had babies, I had a classmate that lost her dad when she was in high school, and within two years or so of graduation, two of my classmates were dead--one from drug overdose and the other was in a car wreck. I have struggled with my own mental health issues. My dad had a heart attack not too long ago...my brother had cancer. Stuff happens to everyone, regardless of age.
These are the three that come into mind right off. If you are from the younger Gen. X or from Generation Y, and can think of more and can prove them wrong, please share.