Gioventù Bruciata

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Ieri il Times è uscito con un articolo molto lungo. Un’analisi del lavoro di Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, uno psicologo che ha cercato di identificare fattori socio-economici, aspettative e problemi dei 20enni della generazione Y, catalogandoli sotto l’etichetta di “emerging adulthood”.

Un dibattito acceso, che mi riguarda da vicino, e trovo eccessivamente generalizzante. Tuttavia credo il pezzo abbia al suo interno sia delle grandi verità, sia delle enormi sciocchezze.

Apprezzo lo sforzo di Slate nell’aver fatto parlare e dibattere miei coetanei su questo tema per sbugiardare parte di esse. In particolare bello uno degli ultimi passaggi:

I'm with you, Noreen, in thinking that the last thing twentysomethings need is to feel that they are not only labeled by their elders, but also solicitously enabled by them. Sure, some things—like health insurance and better loan arrangements—will help. But almost inevitably, won't more fine-tuned facilitating make the process of claiming, and feeling, independence more difficult, not less? Adolescence as we now know it has undergone something of that same fate, as the period became one deemed in need of adult defining, directing, underwriting. There was less room for the unsupervised rebelliousness that youth once enjoyed. There was also less of the kind of age-mixing that had been more common as a more monitored peer-culture emerged. It seems to me that the sense of being relegated to an adult-defined cohort is part, Sam, of what gets in the way of feeling grown up—perhaps even, or especially, when the well-intentioned defining is supposed to be developmentally liberating.

Che ne pensate?

Ps. Bella l’iniziativa di far immortalare  a dei giovani fotografi la propria generazione con un iPhone.