Since probably forever, Older Folks have been lamenting the abilities / work ethic / attention span / whatever of Younger Folks. For example, in Memoirs of the Bloomsgrove Family, Reverend Enos Hitchcock (I am not making this up, though the internet might be) wrote:
The free access which many young people have to romances, novels, and plays has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many a promising youth […].
That was in 1790. Video games, comic books, rock and roll, movies, the radio, telephones, television, and the waltz have all caused similar concern for the morals, etc. of The Youth. There’s even a book by Peter Sacks lamenting the impact of the postmodern ethos on The Youth.
On the other hand, there’s a slightly more nuanced article in the Globe & Mail on the topic of Youth & Privilege (via EZH).
Knowing that one should NEVER READ THE COMMENTS EVER, I read some anyhow, and I found it hilarious that someone commented that underachievers “end up pumping gas for the rest of your life” because, aside from New Jersey and one other state, THAT IS NO LONGER A JOB YOU CAN HAVE. (I understand that the phrase can serve as shorthand for an undesirable service job, but the fact remains that the jobs don’t exist. The person who runs the four self-checkout registers at our grocery store has a BA… so she can supervise machines doing the work that used to be done by four employed people.)