There are so many stereotypes and misconceptions about millennials out there that it feels like we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t. We’re a generation that is constantly judged and looked down upon. Sadly, I wish I could say that these stereotypes and misconceptions have come out of nowhere. There are a few, or in this case, quite a few bad apples that have ended up giving the entire lot a bad name. Still, we all deserve the benefit of the doubt and being lumped into a category just because you were born a certain year or you’re a certain age is pretty annoying. Here are some of the most common misconceptions people tend to have about millennials.
1. We’re Self-Absorbed
There is no denying that we are a generation who lives a very digital life. Social media is probably one of the most important things for us and we do have a need to constantly check it. That being said, not all of us are obsessed with ourselves. We are more self-indulgent than self-obsessed. We do like to take the time out so that we can take care of ourselves. The pace at which we live our lives, calls for us to take better care of ourselves. People always fail to see that we are also a generation that isn’t afraid to speak up about things that were once considered taboo and are also a lot more aware. As I’ve said before, sure there are a few bad apples, however, to judge the entire bunch isn’t fair to the ones who are breaking barriers almost every day.
2. We’re Lazy & Entitled
Despite popular belief, we’re actually a really hardworking bunch! Think about it, the competition nowadays is through the roof. If we snooze, even for one second, there is the possibility to lose out on an opportunity of a lifetime. I think a major reason for this stereotype is because what was once considered a normal job, is now a relic of the past. There are new, more creative jobs that don’t really fit any of the previous descriptions. It’s painfully obvious where these stereotypes come from, however, that’s not every single one of us! We are a generation of entrepreneurs and innovators who are ready to put in the time, effort and hard work required in order for us to achieve our dreams! We don’t need to work hard when we can work smart. That’s not being lazy, it’s called being effective.
3. We’re Unable To Engage In Real & Meaningful Conversations
There is a common misconception that the art of conversation is lost on millennials. The truth is far from it though. While we do rely more on technology for communication, we are still extremely capable of conversation. In fact, the scope of things that we can talk about is much more than people give us credit for. Our generation is a lot more aware of our surroundings and we aren’t afraid to express our concerns or make our voices be heard. We aren’t ignorant and oblivious towards society or traditions.
4. We Don’t Understand The Concept Of Monogamy
Another one that gets thrown our way a lot is that we’re a generation of hook-ups. Honestly, I do think that this one isn’t that far out there. While to some extent I can agree with this one, I do think that it’s not just that simple. Sure, we do live fast lives but not everyone lives that kind of lifestyle. In fact, a vast majority of millennials actually believe in monogamy and the institution of marriage. It’s important to remember that the people you see in the media are not a representation of our generation. Not all of us are cut from the same cloth and each of us differs in more ways than one.
5. We’re The Worst Possible Future
Alright, so this one I have some major contention with! I find this one extremely funny because if you look around, we’re the ones that are cleaning up the mess the previous generation left us. We are the ones who are suffering the consequences like global warming, pollution, etc. and trying to find ways to combat them. We are working with a ticking time bomb and if we don’t get our s**t together, then there probably won’t be much left for the next generation. To be honest, we’re the best possible future, both for humanity and this planet.
We all judge people we don’t know every now and then. Sure we could sit complaining about this, however, wouldn’t you rather just want to prove the naysayers wrong? As millennials, we’re the future and I think it’s time we show people that there is no place for categories and stereotypes.
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