Sunday, 8 May 2016

WHY WE SHOULD STOP PICKING ON MILLENNIALS | TARA BERRIES


The other day my friend played this video which is titled "Millennial Song" for me about how Millennials (my generation) are lazy and entitled. This song sparked a conversation between my friend and I about whether or not it was true and he believed that Millennials are entitled and lazy and I disagreed with him. I think that like most generations who share the same modern world together there is one generation blaming another one or talking bad about that generation.

First of all, I don't think calling one young generation lazy and entitled adds to the conversation of how to fix societal problems but just adds barriers to those problems. By scapegoating Millennials for problems such as youth unemployment rates we fail to find a solution to the problem. 

In Millennial Song the singer mentions a young man in a coffee shop who is unemployed and makes fun of this man despite the fact that the youth unemployment rate in some areas is much higher than the overall unemployment rate. This means that it is more challenging for young people to work while they are in school or just graduating. Millennials are constantly being told how unprofessional they are but that is simply not true, we work hard throughout school to build up our resumes by working minimum wage jobs and volunteering to get experience in our field. In order to get an entry level position it takes years and years of hard work just to be considered for a job.


No matter what generation it is, the youth culture is always looked down upon. When I was growing up my mom would constantly point out my friends who took on the punk style and would comment on how she didn't understand it. In Millennial Song the singer mentions a young girl on Instagram who takes selfies which is apart of youth culture and can be a positive one. Just because one generation never had the technology doesn't mean they can make fun of another generation who has access to that technology. 

What bothers me the most about the Millennial Blame Game that goes on from the baby boomers and Generation X is that it is plain scapegoating. When one generation blames young people for societal problems like unemployment it doesn't make sense. The youth unemployment rate is caused by many contributing factors and laziness is most likely not one of them. As a teenager with access to a computer I was presented with teenagers who created popular web-sites (MuggleNet) and podcasts (MuggleCast) and started their careers on YouTube. Web-sites, podcasts, and online videos were not available to the previous generation and Millennials took what was available to them and created careers for themselves. 



When starting a conversation about climate change I don't go, "Well if it weren't for the entitled baby boomers consuming resources we wouldn't be in this situation.' The blame game does not add to the conversation it only serves to alienate one generation. We need to work together and utilize the strengths of each generation to help solve societal problems. 

Have you experienced the Millennial Blame Game that happens? Did you know about the Google Chrome extension that changes the word "Millennial" to "Snake People"? You should check it out! Leave a comment letting me know if you think Millennials are entitled and lazy or if you disagree with that notion. I look forward to reading your comments.

Xo. Tara Berries

7 comments:

  1. Millennials are not entitled or lazy. Every generation does have the entitled or lazy people and always will have. Those who are busy working and making a career and living life are more concerned about the entitled and lazy people taking more and more of our hard earned money.

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  2. If we age lazy, it's because the people who raised us (baby boomers and gen x) raised is that way...

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  3. I've always thought it's completely crazy to define people by the generation they live in period. Just because one person is lazy doesn't mean the entire generation is. As a millennial, I get pretty agitated at the comments made by people I work with sometimes, just because it's not fair to lump everyone up in one category. Great post!

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  4. I am a 90's kid and I have to agree with you, Millenial's are not entitled or lazy, we all work hard and should not be judged for being young. Ageism is a huge issue in our society .

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  5. Thank you for this post! I am a proud millennial and I'll always defend my generation.

    Alix | www.apintsizedlife.com

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  6. I don't think millennials are any lazier than any other generation. I'm pretty sure that every generation has had the same complaint of every other young generation.

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  7. I don't think millennials are any lazier than any other generation. I'm pretty sure that every generation has had the same complaint of every other young generation.

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