Beyond Boomers and Millennials: Do You Remember When? (Part 1 of 2)

Beyond Boomers and Millennials: Do You Remember When? (Part 1 of 2) July 13, 2018

Our world of Millennials is changing in more ways than we may realize and not necessary for the better. The Millenial change is not only due to what we can see or feel such as the massive focus on Green Issues and Clean Water. It has shifted from the concept of We to Me. In God WE Trust has become In ME I trust.

This blog begs some telling questions.

  • Is our technology evolving while our sociology is devolving?
  • Have we traded in our personal family skills like face-to-face interaction,
  • beliefs like a belief that there is a Higher Power than us,
  • and that learning to be polite is an asset

Have we traded love, caring, God, and personal development in for a Social Media Family that is teaching us how to be provocative to immediately get what we want, to believe that you will always be taken care of from-cradle-to-grave by someone,  therefore work ethics, job skills and a basic education are unimportant, and that to be seen and followed by hundreds or thousands means you have friends?

Is RUDE the new social leader to be admired and emulated?    

It appears our society has shifted from “the reward is given when the work is satisfactorily completed” to “pay me first and I’ll get-around-to-it later.”

I remember my dad asking me to do something and me telling him I would, “do it when I got around to it, later.” He said okay, walked away, and returned a few minutes later with a round piece of cardboard the size of a quarter with the words ROUND TOIT written on the front and back. “Here’s your round toit,” he said. “Now do it!”

Today, it is buyer be aware on a whole new level because laws, rules, and regulations are discarded for emotions. Rather than changing laws, they are ignored. If laws cannot be changed by the majority, they are still ignored. Without law, there is no order.  It is now accepted to pay someone to try perfunctorily, not to perform satisfactorily.  And, one of the biggest changes currently trending is the inability to wait for an earned reward. It has been replaced with immediate gratification.

Immediate gratification has been taught to the internet generation who now think it is the norm.


According to Piaget’s Sensorimotor Stage Ages Birth to 2 Years, and Dr. Erik Erikson’s Stages of Social-Emotional Development, there are Major Characteristics and Developmental Changes as a child changes. Dr. Pieget’s are listed below.

  1. The infant knows the world through their movements and sensations.
  2. Children learn about the world through basic actions such as sucking, grasping, looking, and listening.
  3. Infants learn that things continue to exist even though they cannot be seen (object permanence).
  4. They are separate beings from the people and objects around them.
  5. They realize that their actions can cause things to happen in the world around them.


Piaget’s stage number two is the immediate gratification stage of a two-year-old and coincides with Dr. Eriksn’s stage number four.  At these stages, children demand, and must immediately have those demands met, because they cannot focus on anything else until they get what they want. Have you ever tried to distract a hungry two year while preparing their food? Sometimes the easiest thing to do is give them a cookie or your cell phone….Yeah, your cell phone, because your smart-phone is full of immediate gratification meant to distract.

Perhaps now you know where I am going with this article.

Please tune into part 2 of this 2 part article on possible solutions to the challenges facing our society.



About the Author: Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos authored Dreams That Can Save Your Life, is a three-time cancer survivor whose dreams diagnosed her illness as seen on Dr. Oz, The Doctors, NBC News, American Express Open, in Newspapers and magazines. She’s a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul, TV/Radio Host/Producer- Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod™, the Kat Kanavos Show, Internationally Syndicated Columnist in BIZCAT360, and Dream Expert Columnist in New Earth Chronicles, Keynote Speaker and Lecturer who promotes patient advocacy and Spiritual guidance.




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Article Research:

The 4 Stages of Cognitive Development; Background and Key Concepts of Piaget’s Theory

Simply Psychology; Jean Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development,

Erik Erikson’s Stages of Social-Emotional Development;

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