24 May 2013

Me Me Me Millenials

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”
–David McCullough

This morning I was reading a TIME Magazine article by Josh Sanburn about the different views of millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000.) Sanburn talks about the narcissism and the lack of compassion amongst the millennials, but also praises us for our innovative and headstrong features. The article talks about how those born in 1980 and beyond are also known as the “Me Me Me Generation,” following the previous “Me Generation.” Sanburn says, “What millennials are most famous for besides narcissism is its effect: entitlement.” As a part of this generation, I would typically be offended. However, the author is very correct in his assessment.
Though I consider myself a little more focused than some other “90s babies,” I do find that I am almost always accessible and near my phone, especially since I do a lot of freelance work. Also, I consider myself a little spoiled because I am not necessarily obligated to work somewhere I dislike. I’m a free-spirited freelancer that hates being told “no.” Coupled with the fact that I’m an only child, maybe I do suffer from some millennial tendencies. Depending on the day or hour, I like the attention; though, I’d like it more on the work I’m doing rather than my looks.

I reading this article, I realized that though we are toted as the generation of narcissism and conceit, we are also pretty darn amazing. Excluding those who live life solely adhering to the infamous acronyms “YOLO” and “IDGAF,” many members of my generation tend to use their social network celebrity and platform to support important causes. Don’t believe me? Google the phrase “entrepreneurs under 30.”
While I’d be more than happy to do a response essay on the TIME article, “ain’t nobody got time for that.” Here are some quotes from the article:

·         Not only do millennials lack the kind of empathy that allows them to feel concerned for others, but they also have trouble even intellectually understanding others’ points of view.
·         “Peer pressure is anti-intellectual. It is anti-historical. It is anti-eloquence.” –Mark Bauerlein, an English professor at Emory.
·         Twixters put off life choices because they can choose from a huge array of career options, some of which, like jobs in social media, didn’t exist 10 years ago.
·         The Internet has democratized opportunity for many young people, giving them access and information that once belonged mostly to the wealthy.
·         Millennials are able to use their leverage to negotiate much better contracts with traditional institutions they do still join.
·         Millennials are more accepting of differences.
·         They are pragmatic idealists, tinkerers more than dreamers, life hackers.
Not everything can be blamed on us 80s, 90s and millennium babies. Many of us are a product of technology, which can be a great or disastrous thing. I, for one, am proud of my generation. Most of us were given lemons and we not only made a glass of lemonade, but many of us made enough for our whole crew.
Do you agree? Or do you think we're just a bunch of unintelligent entitled jerks? (Wait, don't answer that).
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