True story: a couple of my millennial coworkers were leaning against one of the tables when the wheel came off. Everyone was shocked when I got down to check out the extent of the damage, then a GenX coworker and I cleared the table and he helped me flip it over so that we could determine that it had just become unscrewed and could be put back together. Boomers just muttered how it needed to be replaced (as if that would ever happen) and millenials just had no clue what to do other than “don’t touch it”.
I think what it more shows is that Boomers have gotten cemented in thinking things are like they used to be when people thought stuff mattered (it’s broke, order another), and millenials haven’t had time to get the experience. Us X’ers have learned to cope along the lines of “no one gives a shit” which has made us remarkably flexible at figuring things out. Plus, we’re cynical as fuck, so, no, we ain’t gonna reinvent the wheel, but we’ll give you something that works even if it’s not what you expected. After all, the entire world isn’t the one we were told to expect, and we just got told “deal with it. I got mine, fuck you.”
Personally, I have more hope for millenials than boomers. Millenials need to learn, but boomers think they already know, despite the fact that they fucked up everything.