15 Jul The ME Generation
Take it from a millennial. I know how we are.
I was born in 1994, which categorizes me as a “dreaded millennial.” As a marketing major at UTC, I have made it my mission to set myself apart from the negative stigma that comes along with the attitude of my generation. It is not difficult to notice how other generations perceive millennials, but I urge our predecessors to open their minds and hear us out, because there have definitely been instances where I have been taken aback by the stellar ideas and innovation of my peers. I believe a greater effort to understand millennial is necessary in order for people of various generations to be compatible with one another.
We, as millennials, have developed quite a reputation for ourselves. We are known for being entitled, lazy, and narcissistic. Studies show that in some industries, millenials’ levels of active disengagement actually exceed levels of engagement. We do not concern ourselves with politics, and we like instant gratification. We are unlike any generation that preceded us. Many people my age fit the assumptions about millennial, but rest assured – I am here to state there is hope for the future! We’ve got a plan.
In order to understand us, our background must be considered. As children, we watched the X generation struggle through credit card debt, job loss, and a mortgage crisis, so we millennial went out of our way to avoid these things. We don’t want to enslave ourselves to debt so we can live later; we want to live now.
We are the first generation that has been exposed to technology from the time we were young; it has shaped us and we are dependent on it. We were raised to think the world was our audience, and technology became our platform to put our performances on display. Our parents made us believe our voices were important. They enabled us. They coddled us and rewarded us for minimal accomplishments, which inadvertently caused us to have lower standards of achievement. However, these traits do not necessarily have to be negative.
The way we were raised has also taught us to be diverse, understanding, adaptable, self-expressive, and passionate about our beliefs. We are not afraid to express our feelings, and we have paved the way for innovation and a brand new way of living. Our predecessors had their own way of doing things, and now we have ours. Maybe we aren’t wrong; maybe we are just different. Some may think we aren’t paying attention, but we are indeed focused on what is important to us.
Many would describe millennial as lazy and narcissistic, but statistics prove us to be the most educated generation to date. According to Huffingtonpost.com, fifty-nine percent of millennial spend less than they earn, eighty-nine percent have some college education, and forty-seven percent of successful millennial’s main financial concern is retirement. We do in fact prepare for the future; we just have fun in the process.
The only thing constant in the world is change. Without change, innovation and improvement is impossible. Instead of trying to fit millennial into the mold of previous generations, perhaps our new way of doing things should be embraced. Stay tuned… we might just have something to offer!