The Indomie Generation

So, it was my friend’s birthday a few days ago and I noticed how majority of his friends sent him messages on his Facebook page. Most of the messages consisted of “HBD”, “hbd”, “LLNP”, “Hapi Buffday”, “Hapi Bday” etcetera. Those messages not only infuriated me but also got me thinking. Is this what Generation X has been reduced to? Everything has to be a quickie, in and out and that’s it? No more regards of the effect of what taking time to do something is?

I mean, what would it take every one of those people to write a complete sentence? “Happy Birthday” or “Long Life and Prosperity?” Nothing! It would cost them nothing to do that but still; they opted for the quickest and easy way out. Generation X has now become the indomie generation. Everything has to be quick and fast. In and out of the microwave.
I must confess, maybe sometime in the past, I must have been one of those people. But I figured out a while back that one of the things that make a person special on their birthday is not simply the greeting but the manner of the greeting. A well thought out message goes farther than a stereotypical
one.  This attitude of wanting to get something done easy and fast has silently spilled into other areas of our lives.

For some people, hard work no longer pays. It takes too long and doesn’t pay enough. So what’s best for them is to take the easy way out; fraud, theft and envy now rule their lives. They want what others have but they are not ready to work for it. Why take time to know someone when you can simply stalk them on social media? These are the unfortunate traits that we start to exhibit when we become inpatient and just want it and want it all now. And the result is not only impacted in our lives, it also impacts the relationships that we have.

Taking this further, this indomie trait is often reflected in our communication skills, especially on social media. While chatting with friends, we deliberately misspell words even with autocorrect telling us it’s wrong. (Birthday = Buffday; we were cooking = We was cooking; the = d; etc) While I understand the need to engage in quick and fast communication, this is not way. Speaking in such manner not only disrupts your writing skills, you start to find yourself doing the same thing at work, and even during exams.

We cannot afford to be the indomie generation. This goes beyond just wishing someone happy birthday. It’s more about the choices that we make and what influences our decisions. Are we still very much conscious of the decisions that we make or are we been driven by an automatic response to most, if not everything? So when next you want to wish someone a happy birthday, just take your time and do it well. If not, don’t say it anything at all. After all, whatever is worth doing at all is what doing well.



  1. It's as though you read my mind, my sister and I were having a conversation recently about how "shorthand" writing seeps into our academic lives and takes a toll on our vocabulary over time. I'm making a conscious effort to rectify that. Oh another thing that irks me when people write "am" as "I'm" especially since it takes same effort and autocorrect adjust 'im' to 'I'm' or "your" for "you're" or "have" for "I've". God help our generation.

  2. On the birthday messages, it amazing how those words are devoid of warmth and feelings..what a pity

  3. I would rather someone not send me a happy birthday message than put 'HBD LLNP GGMUB' *arghhhhh*!

  4. Like you said is an indomie generation, even the name of Jesus is IJN. It's a pity.

  5. Now, that one annoys me more than any other thing...huh!

  6. My sister, the truth is being told in this post of yours. The annoying part is the 'HBD LLNP HML' aspect. On my birthday, an old friend sent me 'HBD LLNP GGMUB'...I was more than confused...I had to call her and she explained that GGMUB meant 'God go make you bigger'. Another day, my youngest brother's friend sent me a text which said, "Hello, hud?" hud - how you doing? And my little friend almost got beaten by his mum the other day for writing 'urs faithfully' in a formal letter. I thought I was alone on this issue oh!

  7. I am guilty of this,but with time am gonna correct myself!thank you


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