“Millennials” is the term used to refer to ‘our’ generation; those born between the 80’s and the early 2000, those who know how to fix a music tape and connected for the first time the cables of the telephone, hearing that series of weird sounds that would soon become familiar, introducing the Internet in their lives. It was the late 90’s, everyone started to carry around a mobile phone, which got bigger and smarter every month.
Our generation is the most concrete, tangible evidence of how the Internet changed the world.
“Who do you want to be when you grow up?” we were asked when we were little. We had no idea, at the time, that answering: “I want to be a lawyer, a writer, a teacher.” would become so difficult in a handful of decades. Today, the new adults have to face a reality deeply merged with the web, with a completely different approach to jobs and human relationships. According to “Misunderstanding the internet” (Currant, Fenton, Freedman, 2012, p.123-124), at the time of writing Facebook has more than 500 million people active on its website, while Twitter has more than 100 million active users.
We are the generation that must ‘think’ flexible in terms of timings and skills, that looks at their social networks in the office, but, secretly, is struggling to find its way, sadly conscious that our sons and daughters will probably reply “The social media Manager” when asked what their dream is.