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Young Voice: Talkin' 'bout my generation

Joseph is 20 and lives in Old Windsor. He went to Windsor Boys’ School, where he wrote a regular article for the school newsletter. He now runs a blog for Golf retailer Foremost Golf and is working on his first novel. Away from writing he is a keen sportsman and a lifelong Tottenham Hotspur fan.

Joseph Carabini

Joseph Carabini

Bemoaning younger generations is standard practice. Except it’s not. Not anymore, anyway.

In the Sixties it was ‘Those bloody hippie kids!’, in the Seventies it was ‘Those bloody punk kids!’, and so on.

Now, though, I actually get sympathy just for being young. Sympathy!

But why? Is the world so much worse than it was before?

Common reasons for the pity include pressure in school, lack of jobs, property prices and social media’s stranglehold. When my parents begin a sentence with ‘Back in my day…’ it’s often followed by ‘it was so much easier to…’.

Something isn’t right there. Tell me how easy I have it. Tell me how you walked 50 miles to school and back every day. Tell me how you did your paper round blindfolded on a unicycle. You had Margaret Thatcher and shoulder pads and mullets.

Tell me my generation have it better. Please!

The question isn’t whether my generation have it worse, though. It’s not a competition. There is no right or wrong answer. The real question is why, according to Anxiety UK, 75 per cent of mental ill health develops by the age of 18?

What on earth do teenagers have to be anxious about? How can things be so bad that teenagers are suffering from depression?

Being sat behind a desk in a room full of people in eerie silence, put on a timer and told that what you do in the next hour will determine the rest of your life. Being encouraged to post photos of yourself to all your peers so that they can publicly judge you based solely on your appearance. Being paid so poorly Monday-Friday that you have to work another job at the weekends.

Sound familiar? Sound healthy?

I lied earlier. I said that the real question is why things are this way. It’s not.

The real question is: what are we going to do about it?

I’m not trying to cause a big sensation

I’m just talkin’ ’bout my generation

The Who


If you’re a frustrated millennial – or post-millennial – with something to say, we want to hear from you.

As part of our aim to give a voice to all sections of the community we serve, the Advertiser is looking to provide a platform for younger people living in the area we cover.

We’re conscious younger people often feel disenfranchised from the ‘traditional media’ like newspapers but that they have a valuable and insightful contribution to make that needs to be heard.

We’re aiming to recruit some ‘young voices’ columnists aged 16-30 from all kinds of backgrounds to write about the things that are important to them about once a month.

They aren’t paid roles but columnists do get the kudos of being published in the Advertiser and on our website.

If you’re interested in taking part please send our newsdesk an example of something you’ve written, such as an online blog, to news@baylismedia.co.uk

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