To be frank, I am sick and tired of reading articles and rants written with the sole intentions of criticizing and shaming the Millennial Generation for our “ways”. In a few points, I would like to explain my generation and defend our actions. I hope that those who read this will benefit something from these arguments, even if I simply solidify their own pre-established beliefs about Millennials, or alter his/her views entirely.
1. Selfies—so what?
We have been branded as the “Selfie Generation” because of our habitual photos we take of ourselves on our front-facing cameras. I won’t argue against the fact that we do take a large number of selfies, but I can’t quite deem this to be bad. Selfie-Culture has assisted Millennials of adopting an attitude of self-love. When someone posts a selfie on social media, 9 times out of 10, every response on the picture is positive and uplifting. Selfies have allowed Millennials to learn self-love and love for those around us, unlike those attitudes of our elders. We love ourselves, leave us the hell alone! Our pictures aren’t hurting you.
2. Social media doesn’t render us unable to effectively communicate.
Millennials are CONSTANTLY bashed for always being on our cell-phones. I can agree that too much of a cellphone habit can be a poor influence, but the positive and primary basis of all social media is simply to communicate with each other and the outside world. Generally speaking, millennials are up-to-date with the latest world or local news, while also usually up to date with their friends and family. Many haters like to claim that us being on our phones is causing us to be out of touch with the real world, and thus deem us to be anti-social. This is so wrong. I cannot tell you how many conversations I have struck up over something I have found online. Hell, I wouldn’t be writing this article right now if it weren’t for social media! Our Facebooks, Instagrams, Twitters, and Snapchats spring opportunities, friendships, and effective communication.
3. Where did the notion that we are ungrateful come from?
I get it, you’ve met a few ungrateful kids in your life, but is that truly sufficient evidence to characterize an entire generation as “ungrateful”? I have watched countless Facebook rants about how Millennials want everything “handed to us on a silver platter” and how we are “unappreciative of everything our parents have given us”. This is just so untrue. Most of the people I have grown up with/ older Millennials whom I have been around my whole life have each experienced unfathomable hardships (through family issues or financial instability to name a few) and have thus become exceedingly grateful people. So many of us have had to grow ourselves up, and refuse to take anything for granted because of it. Just because ShaggyHeadedKidWithTheHeadphonesOn didn’t say thank you to you for holding the door open at the gas station, does not deem all Millennials as being “ungrateful”.
4. Don’t be hypocritical, the generations before us did some pretty shitty stuff.
Seriously—the Baby-Boomers screwed a lot of stuff up for all of us. Make a Facebook video about that generation sometime.
In conclusion, please leave us alone. We obviously aren’t perfect beings, but I don’t see the point in wasting all of this breath in criticizing Millennials’ actions. Find something more productive to do with your time, please.