It’s easy to be pessimistic about the future, and curmudgeonly about younger folk. See.
For the past several years I've thought that the Internet-dominated world will exacerbate certain kinds of problems for certain young people (manifested through all sort of addictive behavior and inability to concentrate on anything important) but enable other young people to become far more capable and productive than I and other "high performers" were at their age.
I am thoroughly enjoying the latter category these days. One example is a group of high school freshman that are in my Atlas Shrugged reading group. Another example is the applicant pool I've gotten since I posted last week that we're a) hiring and b) putting together a volunteer "champions network." These "kids'" understanding of value creation and their ability to create value right out of college is so far beyond what mine was at 22.
If indeed there is a trend of ability skewing younger in our society that is good news for good ideas, because it is far easier to persuade youth of new truths than it is to persuade an entrenched establishment.
Start-up entrepreneur Danielle Morrill has a similar view, based on what she says of female founders of start-ups like hers: