SNL (and Miley Cyrus) mock millennials and their phones

Technically Incorrect: In the workplace, millennials have become entitled to a mocking. It's surprising that it's taken "Saturday Night Live" this long to join in.

Chris Matyszczyk
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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

Miley Cyrus, not playing herself. Saturday Night Live screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

How long after you start your job should you expect to get a promotion?

In the case of millennials, the answer is three days. At least that's what "Saturday Night Live" believes.

In a committed homage to their entitlement and general obsession with their phones, Kate McKinnon and friends posit a new Fox workplace drama called "The Millennials."

These special creatures expect to be treated differently. Better, in fact.

They think they should be allowed trips to the south of France to get "perspective." Their greatest need and obsession is to chronicle their lives on social media, their phones ever at the ready to be the messenger of their latest happenings.

SNL's Kate McKinnon and Miley Cyrus manage to offer the full flavor of the millennial self-regard, right down to the strange drawl that's favored by many who've been coddled by their parents since birth.

Perhaps, though, this vague grouping of even vaguer twenty-somethings has been excessively maligned. It's not as if, should they consider it deeply, they have too much of a secure future.

It's not like the days when the young had hopes of a job for life. They see how quickly corporations discard employees. They see a few members of their own generation make fortunes from seemingly very little work. So they wonder whether all this corporate striving is even remotely worth it.

There again, technology has managed to contribute to an extreme focus on the self. Millennials have merely been the test-drivers. Or, if you prefer, the first victims.