Let me first start with describing Millennials.
Generation Y or Millenials are the generation of people born during the 1980s and up until 1994.
PSA: If you are 21 years old or below, you are not a Millennial. You are Generation Z or the iGeneration.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s get to the main issue I want to address today: Why Do Millennials Get Such a Bad Rap?
I was watching this video the other day from another millennial like myself, completely bash other millennials. She generalized that our generation “contributes nothing to society,” “doesn’t hold doors for ladies,” “spends less time building [IRL] relationships,” and disrespects our elders and our country.
Let me just say that I hate generalizations. Maybe she feels all those ways, but for her to project those feelings and actions upon me completely untrue. At every point, in the video, I could easily disagree with each and every single point. But this isn’t the only time, I’ve seen this trend.
There’s articles calling Millennials the “Me Me Me Generation,” which say that “millennials lack the kind of empathy that allows them to feel concerned for others, but they also have trouble even intellectually understanding others’ points of view.” Studies that report that millennials are seen as entitled.
Oh, wait. I’m not done yet. What about saying Millennials don’t care about their careers? It makes me want to scream.
Times are changing and with that so are people. The fact that I have solely “online” friends doesn’t mean that I never communicate in real life, it just means I have better access to communicate with my friends, family, and acquaintances who aren’t in a nearby vicinity. The fact that I have had three different jobs since I graduated college doesn’t mean that I don’t care about my career, it just means I’m figuring out what my dream career is and positioning myself to be successful in a lifelong career. The fact that our generation doesn’t just hold doors for ladies, means that we are seeing women and men treated equally and everyone can hold a door for each other. The fact that our generation uses slang words like “bae” is just slang, like every other generation before us. The fact that we have unprecedented access to information using the internet and technology, doesn’t mean that we’re lazy and stupid, it means we have better access to understand and interpret the world.
We see things different. We have different opportunities than any other generation before us. And finally, ask your parents what they want for you or your siblings. Most likely they’ll say that they want you to be better of than they were. If that’s true, then why so much judgement upon the generation that we want to be better than the last? I for one, hope and know that Generation Z will be better of than our generations, and good for them.
Are you a Millennial? Have you ever faced criticism of your generation?
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