The Jeff Ward Show

Blog > The Jeff Ward Show > The Complacent Generation: Raised on the hollow dreams of reality TV, egos bloated by social media, today's 20-somethings expect success with no effort

The Complacent Generation: Raised on the hollow dreams of reality TV, egos bloated by social media, today's 20-somethings expect success with no effort

Every night, 23-year-old graduate Hannah Vickers dreams about the perfect life she deserves. We know this because she has written about it on her blog, complete with dewy pictures of herself.

‘I think about how I’ll have the perfect figure, a nice house, a good job (preferably blogging full-time), a successful novel in the pipeline and my boyfriend and my dog by my side,’ she writes.

‘I’ll go travelling thanks to my blog and I’ll be able to afford holidays of my own, several times a year.’

 

Hannah is unemployed and living with her parents in Lincolnshire. Her website is called Away With The Fairies. Given the gap between reality and these frothy expectations, the name would be laughably apt were it not so tragic.

But Hannah is hardly alone in her impossible fantasies. Away With The Fairies could be a tag (or perhaps hash tag) for her entire generation. For it is not so much Generation Y — the name given to those born in the Eighties and Nineties — but Generation Y Am I Not Rich, Famous and Successful?

Read more:

The Jeff Ward Show

The war of words between businessman Donald Trump and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry reached the jungle gym on...
Jose Canseco has gone from baseball slugger to steroid-stained pariah, now he’ll try being a woman — at least for...
About a week ago, Mark Cuban took to his CyberDust app and threw a bunch of shots at Donald Trump. He insinuated...
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vowed on Wednesday to fight his four-game "Deflategate" suspension, and...
Jeb Bush implored his Republican presidential rivals Monday to reject the "crazy message of hate" that he sees at...