The PJ Tatler

The Helpless Generation?

That’s what one professor in Britain is calling the Millennials:

Young people in Britain have become a lost generation who can no longer mend gadgets and appliances because they have grown up in a disposable world, the professor giving this year’s Royal Institution Christmas lectures has warned.

Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, at the University of Manchester, claims that the under 40s expect everything to ‘just work’ and have no idea what to do when things go wrong. Unlike previous generations who would ‘make do and mend’ now young people will just chuck out their faulty appliances and buy new ones.

In fairness to the youth of the world, the transition from analog to digital technology has a lot to do with it. It really is faster and cheaper to throw out some deceased solid-state piece of junk and buy a new one from the sweatshops of China than to try and fix it.

“Radio Frequency Engineering” — what the heck is that?