Generation Y: Technology wasters, spendthrifts and abusers

Summary:The Generation Y waste technology. They abuse the technology they purchase by not looking after it, and then they consider everything as disposable and are utter spendthrifts. Gratuitous rant

I have been defending the iGeneration for over a year and a half now, but even this comes as a surprise to me as I launch my first direct assault on the next generation of technology users. I, of course, am one of the few exceptions to the rule, but I bathe in the vast awesomeness of my responsibility and moral upbringing.

To put this simply, the Generation Y abuse technology, as the mindset of the average student is that technology can be replaced due to the wide availability of electronic products, and as a result, the far cheaper prices to that of a decade ago.

Where has this all come from, Zack? You may well be asking yourself that. This is why:

Suffice to say, the other eight comments were pointing out this person's idiocracy of their own life.

It seems most will look for a new laptop which cost no more than $300. The device itself won't be treated with respect or care, and will probably last no more than a year. With expensive products we generally treat with a lot more care. The temptation from moving out of halls of residence is to buy new things for their house as well as new gadgets. With this, another laptop is bought only a year later.

But for me, because I'm quite aware that my Tourette's will inevitably end up destroying the more flimsy of products, I take the time to research build quality, expandability and upgrade options. I'll look at the price and think very carefully before spending anything over $100 on something. I want my devices to last.

The iGeneration don't care about products lasting. They just want something here and now, that will do the job and something they can dispose of without it hurting their wallets when that moment in time comes. But not only will they moan about endlessly when these devices break, they simply don't look after their stuff. Most of the time, computers crash (internally and often physically) because they do not take the time to keep their products safe, clean or secured.

In terms of businesses, those in corporate environments will want their employees to have durable and near tough-book qualities in the laptops they buy, so those laptops can be passed from one employee to another when the other one leaves or has no more need for it. Especially those in my generation, consumers just don't care.

So as this next generation of IT workers are clearly too stupid or wreckless to look after their own technological purchases, I've simplified the following lines to summate my point.

  • Companies have far much more money to spend, but less is actually spent. They buy their hardware and technology as an investment for the future.
  • Consumers generally have less money to spend, but more is spent on the product than the company. This is partly because it's a single product they are buying and not in bulk, but they treat their new technology as disposable.

I hope this serves as a warning to the Generation Y from one of their own. You waste technology, you abuse the technology you purchase by not looking after it, and consider everything as disposable and are therefore in my eyes, spendthrifts.

To prove this, instead of sending off their old phone to be recycled, and in return you get a monetary cheque through the post, one technology abuser decided to publicly smash his old phone on camera. Why? Why do that? I got $90 for trading in my old phone which paid for three months of the call plan on my new phone. You just smashed your iPhone on camera and got nothing out of it except a rebuke from the wider community.

And then you have the audacity to complain that you can't afford the rent or to buy books for the next semester. For one day only - today - I am disgusted with the lot of you.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Laptops, Telcos

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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