Generational Research Interests, 9/12/16


This spring, I created a two day course with my supervisor about the multigenerational workforce; my focus was primary inclusion and technology. I had been interested in the topic, which is why I volunteered to design the course, but I had no idea how immersed I would become in the research. I regularly bring this subject up in conversations with friends, family, and coworkers, both in person and online. Here are a few of my favorite non-academic articles I’ve bookmarked recently.

Like. Ghost. Flirt.: A Journey Into the Social Media Lives of Teens by Mary HK Choi, Wired. I am a Longreads junkie, which is where I found this article. The main takeaway is that older generations always think they can’t be a part of social media, because they don’t understand the rules, but young people are just making them up as they go.

Drake, Chance the Rapper, and the Millennial Divide by Lindsay Zoladz, The Ringer. I was so excited that I was able to work this article into class! Within the millennial generation, there is a vast range of outlooks, which are represented here by two rappers, Drake (older millennial, cynical) and Chance the Rapper (younger millennial, optimistic). This piece aligns with the research I have done. I love how she writes how their generational differences have affected their individual music.

A Millennial and a Baby Boomer Trade Places by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Michele Hanson, The Guardian. A wonderful article that explores the ideas of empathy, and especially the economic differences that affect both generations’ views.


I recently watched the first season of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, and while it was a little silly, it explores some of the viewpoints seniors have about technology and aging.

Do you have any articles (or TV shows or movies) to share about the generational divide?