Some things stand the test of time from the Boomers to the Millennials

On sex, many among the Millennials prefer to wait.

On sex, many among the Millennials prefer to wait.

By Lawrence C. Ochoa

Born from 1982 to 1999, my generation — commonly referred to as the Millennials — still value the idea of face-to-face interactions, despite growing up in contemporary times of social media via electronic gadgets. This is what I gathered hanging out with my friends a month after our graduation from high school in early June.

Sure, Cyberspace and online technology, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, give us the ability to instantly share our thoughts and photos with others. We find that text messaging is also a quick way of socializing which sometimes takes awkwardness out of the equation.

Despite these temptations to limit ourselves to just online interactions, young people still prefer to hang out, liking the presence of another human being. I like to be around others, something that simply cannot be done through second-hand instances of social outlets. While there is deep meaning behind person-to-person socializing, I’m happy that we have more ways now to keep in touch.

Parental guidance in these social interactions? Most of the Millennials are born from Baby Boomer parents (roughly between 1946-1964). Our parents are perceived to have more of a “laissez-faire” parenting standards due to influence of current technological and social media.

Still, teenagers consider that parental guidance is strong, even with their contemporary perspectives. My personal polls among high school graduates show that teens are generally reliant on their parents, since they can’t really provide for themselves substantially. We argue and complain but guess who wins in the end; that decision stands the test of time.

“We go through learning experiences at this stage, and usually do not have the perceptive insight that adults have. Because of that, we have to be dependent upon our parents to guide us, which includes understanding, and agreeing with their opinion of being able to go out or not,” one of my former classmates, who prefers to be anonymous, told me.

Speaking of parental concerns of children, romance among Millennials, is as traditional as ever. There’s the development of feelings through the course of friendship.

Same as in most generations, romantic attachments start with close acquaintances, understanding their personality, their sense of humor, mannerisms, etc. Romantic chemistry is always the key for all generations.

While the 1 percent has the privilege to drive a Porsche or a Maserati and hang out in Beverly Hills, the 99 percent of us do like to drive to the beach and the movie theaters. We like to watch movies but also comment on the content of the film, favorably or otherwise. We tend to have fixation on restaurants with fusion cuisine, although most of the FilAms I know like Thai food for some reason.

Yes, the idea of chastity among my group of friends generally surface in conversations. While the “culture of sex” seems to be acceptable and desired among my age group, there are those who would prefer to wait. We grew up forewarned about being objectified as sexualized symbols that serve as unfortunate models for those who do not know any better, or feel that that is the one of the easier ways to find contentment.

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