We\u2019ve been called an entitled generation. We\u2019ve\n been called spoiled. We\u2019ve been called brats. What we\n are, old folk, is different. We have been raised with\n technology; we know what\u2019s good and we won\u2019t settle\n for less. \n\n Old folk, like you, experience technology as a disruption of\n the familiar. You Boomers talk about the warm sound of vinyl\n records. Excuse me? You think that hissing crackle is warm? Gen\n X talks about claymation and Ferris Bueller\u2019s Day\n Off, The Breakfast Club and other sappy John\n Hughes movies celebrating slackers and losers. No thanks.\n I\u2019ll take my IMAX movies and realistic graphics any\n day.\n MORE ON GENERATIONAL DYNAMICS\n \n Management Techniques for Bringing Out the Best in Generation Y\n \n Employers Change Corporate HR Policies to Cater to Generation Y, Survey Finds\n \n Generation X: Stepping Up to the Leadership Plate\n \n Leadership and Generation X\n \n Leading IT with the Next Generation\n My parents bought our first computer\u2014a snazzy Gateway\n 2000 with 25MHz, 8MB of RAM, 180MB HDD and Windows\n 3.11\u2014when I was seven. With the help of my teenaged\n brother, we explored the soul of the new machine. Soon I was\n playing educational games like Math Mountain and\n Explore the Dinosaurs in 3-D! while he spent most of\n his time playing Doom.Soon after that, my teachers started bringing me to the\n computer lab where I completed research projects and learned\n how to use all the computer had to offer\u2014basics like word\n processing and games, but also utilizing its ability to search\n for information on websites like encyclopedia.com and Ask.com.\n Before, we would have to spend hours trying to find the same\n information in the library\u2019s stacks. So long, Dewey\n decimal system, I hardly knew ye, and I\u2019m glad I\n don\u2019t have to now.I grew up turning in my homework assignments online and\n using online chat rooms as study groups with fellow classmates.\n And it worked for me. It worked real well. I love the Internet,\n online communication and Facebook because these technologies\n allow me to do what I do best: multitask. Since I\u2019ve been\n trained by and with these new technologies, I am\u2014face\n it\u2014better suited for the new work environment than you\n old folk. Even you old folk are beginning to realize that\n collaboration is a better way to leverage information to\n produce services, products, whatever. But while you think of\n collaboration theoretically, I live it and breathe it. And,\n unlike you, change doesn\u2019t bother me. I love it.When I was a kid, my parents couldn\u2019t be bothered with\n the computer. They didn\u2019t see any use for it since they\n got along perfectly fine without it for their whole lives. Now,\n almost 15 years later, watching either of them try to use it is\n somewhat laughable. It\u2019s like attaching a word document\n to an email is the hardest challenge they\u2019ve ever\n faced\u2014even after countless tutorials from my brother and\n me. And forget about exploring new programs\u2014they\u2019d\n rather play it safe, stick with what they know and,\n consequently, stay stuck. Just like a lot of Boomer bosses\n I\u2019ve had.This has been going on all my life. Remember dial up?\n That\u2019s my nostalgia. Just like everyone my age, I sat\n patiently waiting to hear the awful and all-too familiar\n connection sound, waiting to talk to my all my friends with\n instant messaging. Who needs a phone when you can have multiple\n conversations at the same time? My parents will never\n understand why I\u2019m glued to the keyboard night after\n night. They can\u2019t understand why I would want to talk to\n more than one person at one time. There is no real answer\n except, Why wouldn\u2019t I? Everything follows from\n that. If it\u2019s possible, why not do it? And if it\u2019s\n not possible, it soon will be and, please, don\u2019t ask me\n to wait. I\u2019ve seen the way things go. Microsoft Power\n Point is better than 3-fold foam boards. Much. So please\n don\u2019t ask me to use inferior tools. Why should I?\n I\u2019ve grown up on the cutting edge and I want to stay on\n it. I won\u2019t be happy without progress and I hate settling\n for only what\u2019s in front of me now. Staying in one place\n means something\u2019s wrong. I don\u2019t just want change,\n I need it.So don\u2019t give me your tired old enterprise apps. I\n want the new stuff because it\u2019s better. If you\n don\u2019t give me the tools I need, I\u2019ll leave you flat\n and find someone who will. If you can\u2019t understand that,\n I don\u2019t want to work for you because you just don\u2019t\n get it and chances are you never will.I need to be connected to be happy. And that means connected\n in all areas of my life, work and play, not that I think\n there\u2019s much difference between them. Just because\n I\u2019m not in the office right now doesn\u2019t mean I want\n to be cut off from work. Why would it? My work ethic is strong.\n That\u2019s how I grew up. There was always homework to do,\n papers to write, tests to study for, and now you\u2019re going\n to tell me to leave my work unfinished just because I\u2019m\n going home? Doesn\u2019t that seem wrong to you? It does to\n me. I want devices like BlackBerrys, Palm Pilots and the like,\n to allow me to stay focused on work at all times. Since\n I\u2019m so used to having a 24-hour connection, being\n unreachable is a scary thought. And one I don\u2019t have to\n put up with.The fact is, I\u2019m different, I\u2019m better and\n I\u2019m tired of hearing otherwise. Ignore me at your peril,\n old folk. It\u2019s my time.Jarina D\u2019Auria is CIO Magazine\u2019s Editorial\n Assistant. She is 21 years old.