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Do you think our current generation is a bunch of lazy and privileged bums?

Exactly what the title reads. Many people are ignorant and will say "Kids Today are a bunch of lazy privileged bums" and not even know what they are saying. I am doing an English project and my job is to disprove that statement. I am supposed to reach at least 50 people and convince one person that this statement is not true.
About 40% of all young adults ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in either a two- or four-year college in October 2008. How can we be privileged when we are plagued with high levels of student debt? The economy took a big hit from the recession and our generation is expected to pay for the mistakes of others. The average high school student is expected to pay more than 10 thousand dollars to help make the economy stable again. Given all the things we have to pay back I say we are far from privileged. That not even mentioning how hard it is to find a stable job. Our generation is forced to pay the highest gas prices ever in the United states.
The typical grade-point average in college rose to about 3.11 by the middle of the last decade, from 2.52 in the 1950s. Grades rising are proof that we are not lazy. The share of college students working full time generally grew from 1985 onward. Between 1989 and 2006, the share of teenagers who were volunteering doubled, to 26.4 percent from 13.4 percent. Volunteer work is the ultimate sign of someone not being lazy. i care about this because I am part of this generation and do not want to have any of these labels. Have I convinced any of you about this generation not being lazy? Please let me know in the comments. Last thing, if I was lazy would I have taken the time to write all this?

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  • Mar 15 2013: With selected exceptions, mostly from within my own family, young people of any generation are never lazy.
    What I see today and have seen since the early 60's is generation after generation growing up in a world unlike the one their parents inhabited.
    From the middle of the last century and earlier, young adults grew up in the world they were going to inhabit.
    Since then, every generation has had to start out from square one, and find their own way. Looking back you can see each generation creating their own path.
    I did that once and would not want to do it again, certainly not today.
    So - if the youth today actually make it (check back in 20 years) then they were at least as good as us.
    Probably better.
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    Mar 13 2013: Ajay,
    It does not seem realistic or accurate to catagorize an entire generation with any lable. Based on the young people that I know personally, those I interacted with at the university, and conversations I've had with many young people here on TED, I have a great deal of hope for our future, because I see young people asking questions and seeking solutions.
  • Mar 15 2013: every older generations says the younger generation is worse than theirs its always been like that but the truth s it's completely bullsh*t
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    Mar 14 2013: ZX is correct that the GPA is not an effective part of your argument, because of grade inflation. It could also represent a shift from harder to easier courses.

    I don't know where you live, but volunteer work is not, I think, "the ultimate sign of not being lazy." One change in the time period you note is that secondary schools have continuously increased their service hours requirements. It still is a commitment of energy- work, of course, but the increase is partly motivated by the fact that it has become a high school graduation requirement often to volunteer perhaps 60 or 80 hours during the high school years.

    Again, I wrote below that I think young people today work extremely hard at their activities, as far as I have observed, and I know no one who thinks your generation is lazy.
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    Mar 13 2013: No they're not
    Just b/c they have different goals and different behavior form their parent and that generation doesn't mean they're lazy
    They are productive and responsible for their own goals.
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    Mar 13 2013: Having worked with thousands of young people of your generation and having kids of my own in teens and twenties, I cannot remember any who has given me the impression of being lazy.

    Your hardest job, I think, will be to find people who right now believe your generation is lazy.
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    Mar 13 2013: I have never thought of the newer generation as being lazy. They are different from my generation, for sure, but not lazy. They don't have a "job" in the family, but that doesn't make them lazy.

    What I mean about not having a job (outside of some small chores perhaps): Until my generation came alone, the typical family depended on children to help with the family's survival. We were a largely agrarian culture, and it took a lot of work to keep the farm going as well as a house - that didn't have pre-processed foods, microwave ovens, clothes dryers, cheap pre-made clothes, fancy vacuums, electric freezers & refrigeration, and a host of other aides. Even in the fields, things are so different as machines now harvest crops that were once harvested by hand.

    The baby boomers (post WWII) were the first generation of children that weren't necessary for a family's survival. Those who grew up before us remembered working hard as children and saw us as living soft lives. By comparison, they were, but that didn't make us lazy. That simply offered us different opportunities & choices that our parents didn't have. Your generation is in a similar place.

    Bottom line: You can't convince me because I never believed that. to convince me, I would have had to have first believed that about your generation. In fact, I've never heard it. Your generation faces a tough row to hoe - of its own kind.

    I am saddened that you believe that this is how your generation is perceived. I really wonder where and how you got such a notion. Lift yourself up, oh ye young adult. Don't let anyone convince you that you are less than you are.
  • Mar 13 2013: No i don't think that at all; however, grade inflation became popular in the VietNam war to protect the weaker students from the draft.