The Generation Gap: Millennials

By Margarita Williamson, Trending Writer

Millennials are notoriously labeled as entitled, lazy, and selfish. They need naps to function, are always on the lookout for the trendiest things, watch several television seasons in one sitting, and cannot be without their phones. Earlier this month, #HowtoConfuseAMillennial was trending on Twitter. The tweets poked fun at millennials for lacking the basic skills that other generations have mastered. The Pew Research Center, categorizes millennials as people born after 1980 and those that are coming of age in the new millennium.

Since 1980, technology has advanced on numerous levels and societal values have expanded for the better. The demand for “trigger warnings” in college classrooms and in the workplace has earned millennials the label of being hypersensitive. Sexism, racism, and homophobia have plagued our world for far too long. Being easily offended by injustice is a compliment. “We have great sensitivity to situations. We’ve made great strides in combatting sexism and racism,” said Rachel Bastian, a Sophomore English major.

Millennials have grown up in the age of ultimate technological advancements. “The accessibility of technology sets us a part from other generations,” stated Ally Valdez, a Sophomore Nursing major. Social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Snapachat, and Twitter are huge aspects of their upbringing. To get updated on the latest news you will not catch a millennial with a newspaper or even watching the news on television. They have access to anything and everything at their fingertips.

In a TEdxSF talk titled “Millennials: Who They Are & Why We Hate Them”, Scott Hess, an Executive Vice President at Starcom Mediavest Group, discussed the differences between millennials and other generations. “Millennials up to the minute can curate themselves to reveal their evolving awesomeness to everyone,” Hess said. Social media has helped this generation stay connected with their family, friends, and people from around the world. Older generations mock millennials for not being able to read maps, change a car tire, or drink a simple cup of coffee. Millennials simply do not have to do those things because they have Google maps, YouTube, and Starbucks.

Millennials are connected, confident, and open-minded. “We have embraced the idea as speakers have said before me of evolution and all other arenas of life. Can’t we agree to do it when it comes to the generation that follows us?” said Hess. Millennials are no different from any other generation in the sense that the advancements of their world have shaped all aspects of who they are.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, September 13th print edition.

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