"Mature?" When the oldest of them are only in their mid-20s? How about talking to some kids other than budding young professionals? What are apprentice tradesmen doing and thinking these days, other than working, providing for their families, and worrying about how much in taxes state and federal governments will take from their paychecks? How about members of the armed forces? Articles like this one, which ignore those not college bound, reinforce the classist society they claim to criticize.
What generation doesn't like to think it's "independent, curious, mature, driven and ready to change the world?" Grow up, NYT!