Reflections on Generation Me

I’ve finished my second book by Dr. Jean Twenge about generations. The title Generation Me is another name for Millenials, also known as Gen Y. The short version is that Gen Me is at its core very focused on the self. Believe in yourself. You can do anything and essentially narcissistic, even compared to other American generations.

I found it to also be a quick and compelling read. This generation is now roughly the age of 22-37 and makes up the majority of young adults in America now, including a significant part of the workforce. I’m still mentally transitioning to the fact that students these days are no longer Millennials but are the younger iGen, AKA Gen Z.

I think a key difference between the two generations (Y & Z) are that the older ones (Y) believe in themselves and are self-focused, while the younger generation (Z) are distracted and living primarily through digital-based social media. They both are missing out on real community and personal relationships compared to older generations, but for different reasons. My personal opinion is that this is one of the few key factors contributing to their disenchantments.

This wraps up my generational book reading for this year and I’ll be focused on finishing Isaac Asimov’s Foundation heptalogy. After that it will be 2019 and I can focus on my main reading goal for next year: establish a foundation of modern English literature by reading the works of Shakespeare, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and the 1611 KJV bible.

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Social Media Removal

Have been contemplating my use of social media apps on my phone for most of this year. This past week I started the process and have finally finished deleting my accounts for Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

It’s bittersweet and I will go through some withdrawal from Instagram on my phone. Going back to a browser to interact will feel like stepping back in time; and hopefully that is a good thing.

I’m also hoping this will help me read more literature, post to this blog, perhaps take up a bit of vlogging on YouTube and posting here. Also I’d like to spend more time with people in person.

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve deactivated or deleted Facebook over the past ten years. Not sure if I’ll go back, but I have a hunch this time it will be final. I’ll update on my latest book completion soon.

Reflections on iGen

So I finished reading the book iGen by Jean M. Twenge. As an educator in a public high school, there were not many surprises, but lots of clarification and data about why my students behave and believe the ways that they do. After Millenials, these are the newest younger generation, and the ones currently in school and the university scene (undergrad). Needless to say, this topic hits pretty close to home for me, and is a constant source of reflection for me on a daily basis.

I highly recommend this book, as it gives great insights into how young people today act, and is very helpful if you want to know how to interact with them better. It didn’t take me very long to read through, and I really appreciate the graphs that were used to illustrate trends, comparing iGen to those generations that preceded them. I also bought the author’s book about Millenials, called Generation Me, which was recently updated.

English Literature

I’ve spent most of 2018 reflecting on my use of media and what sort of goals, if any, I should establish for myself for this year, or the next. To that end, I have decided to pursue a literary review of the pillars of modern English. I have decided to blog about my reading of the works Shakespeare, the King James Bible (1611) and the Book of Common Prayer (1662). From this starting point, I will delve into other classic works. I won’t be limiting myself to English authors only, and am anticipating reading some works of Tolstoy, in addition to Dickens, etc. I tend to naturally blog about topics related to my various other hobbies, and I am sure they will make an appearance once more. So, here is to a renewal in my blogging activities, which I have neglected for far too long. I will close with an excerpt from The Valley of Vision.

“Open to me the springs of divine knowledge,
sparkling like crystal,
flowing clear and unsullied
through my wilderness of life.”

The Arts

I’ve spent the last seven months or so exploring watercolor. This month I’ve branched out into gouache as well (an opaque watercolor medium). I have always enjoyed drawing in pencil, and have tried drawing in ink once more. I’ve even revisited chalk pastels but didn’t enjoy them at the time, and I’ve toyed with the idea of other paint mediums, mainly acrylic and oil.

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