Maybe I'm just a crotchety old man. Maybe, but I recently listened to two twenty somethings babbling at one another (I don't think they've yet developed listening skills, but I suppose it's enough that they can hear themselves). Their voices were like fingernails over nylon as they attempted to redefine superficiality. Now I had been having trouble with thirty somethings off and on (thirty somethings, own up to it---having your formative years influenced by Reagan had an ill effect on you), but that was nothing compared to the irritation of listening to the twenty somethings.
Now I know we've been quick to label generations. The Boomers. Generation X. Generation Y???? But I want to propose a tag to capture the twenty something, cooked up in a crucible flavored by videogaming, rap, MTV, and Viagra and No Child Left Behind. From now on, let us call those who are now hitting twenty "GENERATION ADHD".
Let us be patient of their shortcomings. Let us carry shiny stuff in our pockets to distract them when they are sad. Let us use polysyllabic words so that we may discuss them without offense. Instead smile and nod and they will think the world is fine.
There will be some from that generation who will comment here. They will begin with intense personalization and abruptly lapse into text-messaging phraseology that will wring the deepest compassion from you for their profound limitations. As they reach the high point of their rejoinder, however, they will suddenly stop typing and head off to the CW Television Network website so that they may bask in all things "Gossip Girl".