Trying to count the number of times I’ve heard a stereotype directed at millennials is like trying to count grains of sand on a beach, never ending. Millennials are people born (roughly) between the year 1980 to 2000. We are an age group that has been subjected to many stereotypes that are false or misunderstood by the generations before us. Not to say that millennials are perfect, no one is perfect but that doesn’t mean that we should be judged for our preferred way of living.
Millennials are referred to as a lazy generation. This comes from them not wanting to follow the traditional path in regard to their careers, going from job to job and not finding something permanent. This is understandable as these days, jobs require a certain level of experience that a degree doesn’t cover. How are you supposed to get experience if most jobs require experience?
Millennials are called narcissists who care only about themselves. The problem with this is that anyone can fall into this category. The sad truth is that there are people out there who only care about themselves, but they are not just millennials, it’s just human nature.
Millennials are called materialistic, wanting money more than anything. Is wanting money really such a bad thing given how the economy has changed over the years? Money is an important part of life, it still cant buy you happiness but it can let you lead a stable life.
Millennials are told that they don’t know anything about relationships. Yes, settling down isn’t a top priority for millennials. Marrying in your 20’s and having 2.5 children may have been the norm, but not anymore. I’m sure one day that would be great, but millennials prefer to enjoy their youth and explore the world of dating completely. It’s not a bad thing.
Perhaps the most overstated stereotype is millennials obsession with social media. It has been said that social media has made millennials loose touch with the world as we are constantly glued to our phones. On the contrary, social media has actually made us more connected with each other, not just with our friends and family but also with people on the other side of the world. Social media has expanded the definition of connecting. Millennials have chosen to embrace technology.
Some of these stereotypes may be true, but only to a those it applies to. Not all millennials are the same. Not all millennials are self involved people who take selfies and tweet about everything and anything. It’s not fair to classify a whole generation based on the actions of a few. It’s understandable that generations act different, we were born in different times and thus become different people. Just remember that different doesn’t mean bad or wrong.