The more time progresses and the further away we get from the Homo-Erectus, the more humane, technologically advanced, and intelligent we get–so it stands to reason that as the latest generation, the millenials are also the greatest generation. Unfortunately, if you have access to the internet, a subscription to TIME magazine, or have friends with parents, you’ve heard about how much other generations think us Millennials suck. We’re downright intolerable! As the Baby Boomers collectively approach the age where it becomes acceptable to go full, “back in my day” on everyone in daily conversation, it’s a good time in America to hate on us kiddos.
Here are the CliffsNotes to the complaints about us, courtesy of our high and mighty elders:
- We’re mad lazy
- We’re crazy narcissistic
- We’re overgrown babies that refuse to leave the womb
- We don’t believe in belts
- ….Next we’ll be dancing.
Are we lazy? Well that depends on how you define “lazy.” In the most literal sense, I guess we don’t have nearly as many assembly line or field worker positions available to us. On the other hand, we hold more college degrees (that cost a lot more), more side businesses, and more lucrative hobbies than any generation ever. We graduated into the worst economy since the Great Depression, and still manage to be resourceful enough to not have to sweat publicly as a day job. So, you say lazy, I say totally brilliant.
The same people that complain when I don’t respond to their Candy Crush requests on Facebook are the ones calling us disgustingly narcissistic. I’m sure if grandma could figure out how to take a selfie with her rotary phone, she would have participated in every “Transformation Tuesday” on Instagram. While each generation benefits from the technological advances of the last, millennials are living through the greatest technological renaissance the world has known since the invention of the wheel. From the beginning of time until the year 2003, humanity had only created five exabytes of data. We now create that every two days.* Perhaps a majority of that is self-indulgent blog posts, food porn, and text messages that say “k,” but is that enough to warrant the “narcissistic” label? While your generation was creating the A-bomb and debt, we invented iPhones and GTA V and we’re making the very best use of that technology.