Millennials seem to always be in the news. Whether it’s because we’re killing different industries, how we’re all “special snowflakes”, and that we’re so incredibly entitled. So what do we do? Well, what we don’t do is let others tell us who we are. We fight back and reclaim the word for ourselves while showing the crotchety old complainers what we’re really like.
This is the introduction to a series I’d like to start by looking at the problems that Millennials have through the eyes of an older Millennial
Who Are Millennials?
According to Wikipedia, Millennials were born between 1980 and the early 2000s. I don’t know about you, but that’s a large time frame. There’s even a divide between Millennials between the younger millennials and the older ones. I think because of this divide, there’s a difference in views within the millennial group.
I know this isn’t exactly the best source for information, but it has the most accurate definition I’ve seen so far. According to Urban Dictionary:
Millennial is an identity given to a broadly and vaguely defined group of people. There are two wings of “Millennial” that are often at odds with each other: Generation Y (people born between 1981-1991) and Generation Z (born between 1991-2001). People of Generation Y often have characteristics similar to Generation X, which is why Generation Z will confuse Generation Y with Generation X and then claim to be the generation that represents “MIllennial,” when in fact, birth years for Millennial range from about 1981-2001, just as the birth-years for Baby Boomers ranged from 1946-1964.
What’s the Problem?
Depending on who you ask about Millennials will give you a variety of different answers. Ask a Millennial them self and it will most likely end up in a more “the economy sucks, full time jobs are harder to find, I’m in severe debt from going to university” and similar sentiments.
Ask someone that’s a Baby Boomer, and you’re likely to get a ranting response about how we’re entitle, lazy, narcissistic, and refuse to take responsibility by living with their parents.
So what actually are the problems Millennials face? I won’t be covering every problem, but some of the more common ones including (but not limited to):
- College Debt
- Degree Over-saturation
- Mental Health
- Putting off having a family
- Living with your parents
- Results of helicopter parenting
- Echo chambers
What’s the Solution?
This is what I want to figure out. I want to carefully research the problems and how you as an individual might be able to do to better yourself and maybe persuade that old neighbor of yours that you’re actually not a lazy, mooching, narcissist.
I hope to make this a series where I answer these questions one by one. Each post will attack a problem head on and give you advice, tips, and maybe even a solid solution to whatever the issue is.
How Can I Help?
Have anything you want to contribute to the research? How about an anecdote that could fit in somewhere? Contact me through any of those ways, or if you want a more private conversation, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing my posts would also be greatly appreciated. Maybe even throw in the #TakeBackMillennial hashtag.
Have any other questions? Leave them in the comments!