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
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?