Growing up, we were all told to avoid general, sweeping statements regarding large sects of people. When one attributes a wide stereotype onto an entire portion of the population, they’re automatically thrown into the camp of deeply prejudiced or completely ignorant individuals. And typically, when an individual makes a statement like that, the common “you can’t say that about everyone” retort is usually thrown back. Make a negative statement about a someone who doesn’t share your race? You might be called a racist. Make a negative statement about a woman? Well, now you hate women, apparently. But say something negative about a millennial and what response are you most likely to get? Agreement.
It’s almost as common as calling people flat-earthers these day. The term ‘millennial’ is now used more as a slur than as a way to label a new generation. To many, the term ‘millennial’ implies entitlement, narcissism, laziness, and the inability to utilize critical thinking. It’s funny when you think about it; do those stereotypes just apply to millennials, and even if they do, who taught them to behave this way? Children don’t just grow up and become who they are organically; they are products of nature and nurture, and their worldviews come from how they are raised.
The stereotypes of millennials are priceless, especially the accusation that they don’t work, because it’s obviously an excuse coming from the previous generations who don’t want to admit that they messed up. They refuse to admit that the increases in minimum wage and initiating one of the worst economic periods in American history, sprinkled with stupid regulations, have created a lack of job opportunity for young Americans. Additionally, recent surveys and studies have shown that millennials aren’t averse to working at all. In fact, it’s been shown that they are actually workaholics, and the numbers from these studies are quite perplexing:
“43% of work martyrs were Millennials, compared with just 29% of overall survey respondents. Millennials were also more likely to want to be seen as work martyrs than older workers; specifically, 48% of Millennials wanted their bosses to see them that way, while only 39% of Gen X did and 32% of Boomers did. 35% of Millennials thought it was good to be seen as a work martyr by colleagues, while only 26% and 20% of X’s and Boomers agreed, respectively.”
Millennials are, by and large, completely aware of the fact that they will never see a dollar of social security. While Generation X and the Baby Boomers scream at politicians to make sure they get their precious Social Security checks on time (not to mention Medicare), children today are wondering why they need a permit just to open up a sidewalk lemonade stand. When you really dig hard and think about it, who sounds more entitled?
Millennials are showing they are innovators in an array of fields and disciplines and have a way of thinking that is focused on a different set of priorities compared to Generation X. This isn’t just confined to social media and technology. Millennials are now the leaders in fields of government, business, and even the military. Though many older Americans claim to have an unwavering support for our men and women in uniform, they continue to bash the large number of active service members who aren’t even old enough to legally rent a car, purchase a handgun, or buy a beer.
Instead of casting the blame on the generation that is now the working class of America, let’s put our egos aside and do our best to construct a better future for the next generation so that they don’t have to deal with the same incessant criticisms that the millennials have been hearing their entire lives.
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