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On the drive back, she tells me she worries about the psychological effect of all this screen time on younger people, and it’s not just that: “Your jobs are being taken over by machines,” she says, venting her frustration with self-service checkouts and internet banking. Couple this with a housing crisis, low-paid, insecure work, mounting student debt and an indifferent government, and she concludes angrily that my generation are “basically fucked”. Sitting in her car in the dark outside my house, I feel slightly tearful. Our generations are so often pitched against each other that having an older person acknowledge how difficult things are is not only an unexpected succour, but confirmation that we are not just a bunch of whiny, entitled special snowflakes who don’t know we’re born, but a generation that is slowly being robbed.

Paul Ciano

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