Remember back when we were growing up, you had the ‘Generation-X’, or “Gen-Xers” and we also had Generation-Y ? Well, i think im going to go out on a limb and guess that I may be the first to dub our current generation. Im going to call them “Generation-E”. Perhaps it would only be apropos to call them the “eGen” in todays lingo of all things “e”, but thats actually not why I prefer to call them Gen-E’s. Yes, it is true that todays youth THRIVE on E-lectronic gadgets of all kinds. And yes, its part of the reason why i like to call them the Gen-E’s. They all have cell phones, and iPods, little electronic gaming devices, bluetooth, blackberry……it goes on and on. The real reason however that I am going to call todays youth Generation-E is because of one thing – ENTITLEMENT. I mean COME ON!! Ive been giving this quite a bit of thought lately and i wondered if our parents felt the same way about us but you know, i really dont think they did. I know for a fact that I wasnt ANYTHING like todays youth when I was growing up. I know times and trends change but my goodness you cant tell me that manners and a genuine respect for your fellow man doesnt exist anymore. Perhaps it does. I just kind of feel like that if I get ONE MORE of those “YOU OWE ME” facial expressions from someone im going to choke them. We’ve ALL experienced the driving aspect of it. You know, the ones that think you OWE it to them to allow them into traffic or how about the ones cutting clear across the parking lot and gape at you in utter disdain because you got in THEIR way? I was leaving a Starbucks yesterday and saw a couple of young girls getting out of their SUV (im sure they worked hard for it), and walked directly behind a car that was backing out of a parking place. These girls didnt even give the car a 2nd look. Im 100 percent CERTAIN they knew the gentleman was backing out because they parked right NEXT to him as he was preparing to leave. Oops I forgot – he OWED it to them. I was at a doctors appointment a week or so ago and was sitting there engaged in a magazine when a good looking family came in and sat down across from me. The kids iPod was turned up so loud i felt the urge to stand up in my seat and hold up a lighter. I think what really finally got to me was what happened last night. Following a photography meeting, i went to dinner with a buddy of mine so we could talk some business. We found a wing place close by and since it was already late the place was pretty much empty besides one other couple. So my buddy and I start cranking out our business and a group of about 5 young men come in and order. As a guy, i know how this bonding thing goes – its natural to be loud and carry on – THAT i could deal with. What absolutely put the nail in the coffin for me was when one of them decided to pace back and forth around the entire restaurant having a very loud cell phone conversation. I just wanted to take that crookedly placed ball cap on his head and shove it down his throat. I dont OWE you my personal space so that you can completely invade it with your inane conversation. I dont know….(takes a deep breath)….. Im just sick and tired of the “ME” mentality that is so predominant in our society these days – and hey, its not just the eGen youth (although a large portion of it), its a lot of folks. Im sure ive had those days too where by goodness it WAS all about me. Perhaps at the very least i didnt think you owed it to me. Or did you?