…is a sentiment I hear and read increasingly often. I’ve said it myself recently, under my breath but just loud enough for the lad who barged in front of me at a gig, nearly knocking my pint over with his Fjällräven Kanken backpack and then proceeded to stare at his iPhone tweeting or Instagramming or whatever they do. But are we in danger of demonising a whole generation? I know people my age who are glued to their phones even while talking to you (they don’t get invited out very often) so that’s not unique to the Millennials. Buying expensive Craft Ale and sporting beards is certainly not limited to people coming of age post 2000 (and I hear that booze consumption is down among the youth, so this new wave of breweries – actually run by Millennials will be desperately hoping to flog their wares to people 35 and over). What is perhaps worrying about this generation is their obsession with self. Everything is about “Instagram opportunities”, kids are growing up with YouTubers as their heroes (as far as I can tell these people are total fucking airheads, and their job is to push products and uncritical, vacant aspiration to our young people – and if it’s political – it’s just clickbait crap that threatens nobody). However, a lot of the young people I know are not quite like this. They’re hard working, they’re as frightened and hopeful, stressed and resilient as the rest of us. If anything they’re under more pressure, they’ve got a whole set of new rules of engagement for relationships based around Social Media which let’s face -only they really understand. Mental health stats suggest things are not all rosy either. They didn’t ask to grow up in the dark ages we find ourselves in – so maybe we should forgive them touching up their faces with filters (and yes – people my age do this too which is way more tragic) – try and ignore their atrocious taste in music, the widespread use of the plural ‘Vinyls’ and their ridiculous eyebrow topiary and…y’know talk to them and try and understand them and shit yeah?