Why Is Generation Y Obsessed With The ‘Now’?

Look closely and you’ll see it everywhere.

We’re a generation obsessed with living for the ‘now’ – only we can’t seem to let go so easily of it. You’ll hear it in the songs we listen to, you’ll see it in the films we watch, you can definitely make it out in the lifestyles we lead. We want to ‘make the most of the night like we’re gonna die young’ but we want to ‘keep on dancing till the world ends’.

We’ve upturned the whole cycle of life; one that had been in place for millennia. We want to get married later on in life, if at all. We have babies later on in life, if any at all. And nothing is permanent – houses are rented, food comes in disposable containers, jobs come with annual contracts. We are scared of settling down and we are scared of not being settled.

But why is it that Generation Y is so frightened of the future? Why is it that we simply reject the idea of moving forward? Of taking over? Of growing up?

Well … For the first time in a long time, the future looks bleaker than the past. Freedom feels like a lie, war seems like an impending reality, love is too much work, religion doesn’t make us feel safe, education gives us the key to understanding that nothing is as good as it’s made out to be and everything feels fleeting and nothing is sacred.

Technology has taken over everything that connected us to our roots – we go from uterus to YouTube in minutes and we are detached from everything. Feelings are Facebook statuses, thoughts are Twitter feeds, memories are Instagram posts, hobbies are pins and our best friend is a mobile phone with a 5-inch screen.

What are we? Who are we? Where are we going? What are we going to do? None of us know, and the reality is that most of us don’t care. It’s not because we don’t know we should, but because the prospects aren’t appealing. The grass doesn’t look greener on the other side any more and the light at the end of the tunnel is artificial and bland – much like our lives have become.

What do you think of James’s argument? Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know!