Generation-Y. Millennials. Social Media's Kings and Queens.
Our generation can be an abundance of beliefs and actions. We like to push the boundaries of society, yet we go crying to Parents when we get offended by what another person thinks. We have advanced significantly of accepting each other for who we're, but still have a long road ahead of us. We say we're the best, the way forward for society, the ones who will change the planet, the ones who will make America great again…but in reality, we're not.
Our generation sucks.
Yes, I, part of the Generation-Y, is confident that our generation sucks.
Our generation loves social media and it loves us back. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, have taken over our lives. We are so focused on our social media personas that people lose touch of our true being. We care so highly for “likes” and “retweets”, and the number of each determines if we're cool or popular. We love them about showing the world somebody who is not truly us, rather than being a person that we're proud to call real. Girls of all ages download apps to their iPhones to airbrush their face, body, and hair to ensure they are “flawless” and “perfect”. Are you kidding me? We ought to not be tearing down the self-esteem of ladies and women to make them feel any less than who they are. We are socialized to consider that anything less than perfect is unacceptable and that perfection is considered acceptable.
We are consistently finding a problem with ourselves and others, causing us to tear each other down. We should be building each other up and encouraging one another to accept and love themselves. Girls need true, real heroines to look up to, NOT ones who are not true to themselves.
Our generation expects everything to become handed to us on a silver platter.This isn't to say every millennial is like this, but a great chunk of us are. We expect internships and jobs obtain, not earned. What happened to work ethic? What happened to receiving your dream job because you worked your ass off attending college? It's sad that I have heard stories over the years that my fellow peers have CHEATED on their exams. Yes, that is correct, they are cheating. College is the place where you are supposed to learn and prepare you for your future job. Instead, that degree they so-called “earned” will become absolutely meaningless. So much for doing all of your work and studying, right? We are the definition of lazy. In fact, you can probably look for a picture of our generation under the word “lazy” in the dictionary. Don't think me? Well you still probably won't get up and look in the dictionary anyways.
Our generation has become offended by EVERY single thing said or done. I recently read an article where “safe zones” on college campuses are a place to go when something someone says makes you uncomfortable or upset. Please read that sentence again. I'm sorry, but are we in kindergarten again? No, we are not; we're adults. College is also a place to challenge ideas and talk about controversial issues happening in our society. Instead, if something offends you, we've “safe zones” because our generation is just about the ultimate adult cry baby. Say goodbye to freedom of speech because our generation cannot handle opposition.
Reality check: The world after college does not worry about your feelings and if you sit inside a corner and cry because you could not handle hearing something uncomfortable. We need to learn to stand up for ourselves and also to deal with offensive things in the right manner at the right time, rather than to be coddled in college like babies.
Our generation can falter at times and may seem to be headed down the wrong track, but I'm hopeful we are really not all going to have a terrible outcome. Each millennial is different than the next, both in what they think and do, including myself. We all know and have experienced more than perhaps previous generations before us. We are in no way close to being a perfect generation, but we are able to learn from our mistakes to create ourselves better.