We have heard the term “crystal generation” about young people who only complain and do not act, everything makes them uncomfortable, they are too pragmatic, they accept different patterns, they are not normal and they lack vision. It is called that, referring to fragility or not putting up with anything. This generation is from 2000 to the current year, and the term crystal is used pejoratively, given that their parents – mostly generation X – grew up with deficiencies and with economic problems in the country for this reason. They tell them fragile because despite having all the facilities, both technological and those that their parents provide them, they find things and opinions to complain about, wanting to change the way adults see, with past ideas, and this, adults they see it as a way of not putting up with anything. They complain about backward ideas, which many of our older adults still have and want to leave as a legacy to this generation, with which they do not agree.
These young people are associated with being unstable or insecure, and many of them are taken to the psychologist to help them overcome certain aspects that can lead from stress to anxiety, which is very common for young people to experience in their growth. They grew up with technology and its rapid advancement, facilitating their day-to-day tasks and obtaining information instantly; This does not mean that they know how to use it properly. Technology for them is social networks, resulting in their social life developing in them, everything is ephemeral for them. The lack of empathy towards users of social networks. This, for example, is “hate”, which refers to making comments speaking ill of the person or highlighting their defects. It is a bit contradictory, since there are two positions on this issue, because it has been seen that accepting yourself as you are – and this issue that there are no perfect bodies has been highlighted – if not that the networks contain many falsehoods, motivated to maintain a status by showing off a non-existent lifestyle in search of constant approval.
It is incredible how they call it “crystal generation”, because in other times they were used to putting up with, to shutting up injustices, not crying, not feeling, living without expressing the emotional side. Now, this generation that does not shut up, that prefers to shout, express rather than keep quiet in order to change the world and the ideals that classify them as sensitive ones, those who complain, those who can’t stand anything; However, we must see the other side of the coin, where in this generation we are showing that we must raise our voices, we must learn that this generation is making a remarkable change worldwide, where a before and after will be marked in terms of generations. It is not that before, young people did not feel frustrated or felt that injustices were being committed, it is simply the fact that before they did not give importance to those things and the answers were always “better shut up”, “better say nothing” or simply arrive to the blows.
It is not fair to classify a new generation as weak when we have not noticed the social errors that have been inherited, mainly all kinds of negative stigmas or conflict. It is not so much to accept the new way of thinking of this generation, but rather that we must understand why they think and act this way, their origin, their evolution, the technologies with which they have grown up and the changes that we have had as a society in recent years. Taking into account all these aspects, it can be said that this generation came to change exactly everything that was known about acting in the aspects of daily life and the stigmas that we as a society have. I am grateful on this occasion for the intellectual lucidity of Doris Martínez, a brilliant student in Critical Theory of Culture at CUAAD. _