Whin­gen­ni­als should lighten up

Irish Independent - - Comment -

INEVER re­ally got a han­dle on terms like Gen­er­a­tion X and Y and as far as I could see th­ese mi­cro tribes, as iden­ti­fied by so­ci­ol­o­gists and mar­keters for use­ful brand­ing pur­poses, were in­ter-change­able and, thereby, more or less mean­ing­less.

Re­cently, a new one popped up, ac­cord­ing to Pro­fes­sor Dan Wood­man of Mel­bourne Univer­sity.

He’s la­belled them Xen­ni­als. They are the 30 and 40-some­things still spend­ing their time and money on the same things they did in their 20s.

Well, why not, they ar­gue, we’ll never be able to buy a house any­way. I get that. But I rather call them Whin­gen­ni­als, be­cause that’s all they ever seem to do.

You’d swear that get­ting on the prop­erty lad­der in the 1970s and 1980s was like or­der­ing up a takeaway.

But you had to save heaps then too and face in­ter­ro­ga­tion by the grumpy Uriah Heep in your friendly build­ing so­ci­ety.

Nor was there a Bank of Mum and Dad. Worse than that, in­ter­est rates were or­bit­ing Venus and in­fla­tion was giv­ing the Weimar Repub­lic a run for its money. So lighten up. Any­way, who’s go­ing to in­herit all those houses they can’t af­ford right now? The very same Whin­gen­ni­als, of course.

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