Millennials vs. Baby Boomers – A Different Skill Set

a complicated knot

I read an article this morning about Millennials lacking “basic survival skills” like tying knots and making fire. Interesting, short read. Valid points were made. However, if you scroll down to read the comment section, things start getting ridiculous. The main concept? When it comes to Millennials vs. Baby Boomers, we’re useless.

One reader just says, “Skills??? They don’t have any!!!” Well that’s just silly. Millennials have plenty of skills, specializing in the digital world. But somehow being a natural at learning cutting-edge technology isn’t a skill set.

But it gets better. “Not only that, they lack, logic, common sense, any form of respect or humility, the list goes on, a wasted generation.” Now that’s going a bit far. This statement is a great summation of the disconnect that the digital age has wrought. Older generations see skills like tying a knot, making fire, and other basic skills you need to survive in the wilderness as being necessary to living life. After all, you never know…

But somehow skills that are basically required in most occupations, like a solid understanding of computers, how to type, and how to navigate the internet are not necessary skills. One reader even went so far to as to voice this nugget of brilliance.

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-9-20-12-amOk so Millennials “lack logic” but somehow it would make sense to use technology from 50 years ago so that we could be less productive in our jobs. So you want us to work harder because we’re lazy, but you want us to dumb it down so that we get less done……

Yeah that’s brilliant.

What “valuable lesson” would that teach us exactly? “Here young, useless Millennial. Don’t use your brain to do this job in a more effective, efficient way. We want you to do it the slowest way possible because technology is the center of evil.”

That makes loads of sense.

Millennials vs. Baby Boomers – A Different Skill-Set

What seems logical for a Millennial who grew up with technology is nonsense to someone who didn’t grow up in a digital world.  

Sure we have our faults, and there is a lot to learn from the generations that preceded us (which, by the way, is something that could be said for every generation), but these comments are way off-base. Just because Millennials have a different skill-set doesn’t mean we’re useless. Have you ever watched someone who didn’t grow up with technology try to use a computer or learn a new software program? It can be painful. What seems logical for a Millennial who grew up with technology is nonsense to someone who didn’t grow up in a digital world. They are different skill sets, and both sides have something to learn from each other.

Teach me how to tie a knot. I’ll teach you how to search for a “how to tie a knot” video on Google.

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Ashlee is a writer, marketer, musician and book worm. She enjoys learning about the perspectives and beliefs of other people, and strives to curb her sarcasm to a level acceptable to the general populace.


  1. I totally agree with this. I currently work for a branch of a fortune 500 company and we just hired a new staff member that is a baby boomer. They have the hardest time understanding basic technology to the point where it is impeding their ability to complete simple tasks, but I’m sure they can tie a knot and light a fire. Well, I can do that too but I shouldn’t be able to since I’m 28…
    We all have strengths and weaknesses and instead of pointing the weakness out and stomping on it, we should be assisting each other to meet in the middle.

    • That’s exactly right Mike! Each generation has something valuable to offer the other, but we get caught up in all the things we dislike about other generations.