For many the initial impression of young people is the stereotypical scene of nightlife and alcohol. While for many students with the up and coming freshers week looming on the horizon, this may be an accurate depiction, it only really covers a small percentage of the population. To oppose this stereotypical view, an article posted by the Telegraph has claimed that the youth of today are supposedly more boring than they used to be. The reason for this? It is apparently more common to find twenty somethings exploring new hobbies that reflect the daily life of their grandparents rather than conforming to the overall impression that society gives them. While the article has done a vast amount of research in terms of the number of people in various age groups who partake in activities normally associated with the younger population, the results come out as somewhat surprising. On average it is more common to find the older generations drinking larger amounts of alcohol than the expected youth.
One thing that the article struggles to form a conclusion on though is why the sudden rise of popularity of these hobbies in the amicably labelled “generation yawn”. Suggestions are made at a possible improvement of parenting or even today’s youth becoming bored by the monotonous expectations to lose all self control in order to have fun. Perhaps such an increase in the popularity of baking, sewing and knitting has something more to do with the sudden interest in vintage and retro fashion of recent years? With the rise in popularity of the old “Keep calm and carry on” slogans and programmes such as the Great British Bake Off and The Great British Sewing Bee, it seems that popular culture and media is having more of a positive impact than it perhaps intended.
On reading the article it seems bizarre that the perspective held that this movement towards a more wholesome society is negative. Reports usually depict youths as mainly drunken yobs as events such as the riots in London tarnish the whole of the youth of British society with the same negative view. With this being said, does this shift in culture really deserve the title of Generation Yawn? It paints the picture that hobbies such as craft and baking are negative and the somewhat alternative rebellion against society is a negative one. On the contrary to find more young people investing their time learning skills that once seemed to have been neglected creates a whole new, more creative generation of people.
Some may argue that, despite the research presented by the article, the conclusion that more youth are interested in staying at home knitting on a Friday night is false. Nonetheless from my own experience of social media it is more common to read statuses about drinking tea and baking cakes than it is about wild nights out. Perhaps it is just a reflection of my own social circles, having never been one to find interest in the clubbing scene. Even so it may be more likely that while drinking and clubbing still plays a part in the lives of many twenty somethings, the rest of their time is spent in discovering new hobbies and talents that have some form of use in the future. All in all, if the rise in domestic hobbies is true surely that does not deserve the title of being dull, rather the understanding that the need for rebellion against a respectable society is no longer that attractive.