Here’s Why Millennials Stay Home So Much
Now, I’ve already written an article about how millennials are misunderstood being described as lazy or spoiled in A Millennial Asks a Baby Boomer . I’ve also covered how this generation has not only helped bring creativity to the job market but has even been considered one of the most creative and innovative generations yet, in The Modern Creative: The Millennial Generation . I mention these now because I do not want there to be any confusion; millennials are very hard workers. We’ve not only been innovative in the way we perform in our work but, we’re also creating jobs left and right.
To Party or Not to Party…
More often than not, when older generations think about the social lives of millennials, they like to think that we’re always on the go. Going to clubs, drinking with friends and going to every music festival on Earth. What could have brought them to this assumption? Perhaps it’s those in the media who represent our generation. I mean, the celebrities in our somewhat vast age group and also social media influencers who vlog their daily lives for the world to see.
And the term “party animal” has been thrown around a lot with us. Well, animals? Sure. But, not exactly the party kind. It’s more likely that if you ask a millennial which animal they identify with, they’ll answer with something like a panda or a sloth or any other animal that moves slowly and spends a decent amount of time sleeping.
The Club? If “The Club” Means My Bed…
Millennials have made it abundantly clear that they cherish time to relax, recharge and enjoy a bit of quiet time. We’d SO much rather hang out with a small, close group of friends somewhere really calm and low key than go to a crowded bar/club with barely any room to stand, over priced drinks and creepy dudes hitting on them.
Usually, we’ll say we have plans for the weekend. And those plans will mostly consist of Netflix, snacks, our beds and whatever easy hobby we enjoy. We brag to each other about how much sleep we got over the weekend or who had the least amount of human interaction or contact. Being able to order food or buy groceries without talking to anyone is actually a huge victory.
It’s not that we hate people (even we say that all the time), we just prefer alone time. A lot.
Work Hard, Play Hard (Occasionally)
Just because we like to relax, stay in and hang out in a “chill way”, doesn’t mean that we don’t go out now and then. Sure, we spend most of our down time in a meditative/hibernative (is that a word?) state. But, we’re also the generation known to take endless photos and videos of any and all events in our lives. When we go out, we’re on a mission to make memories that will last forever. Too many of these events would ruin what makes them so special. We’ve all heard the phrase “too much of a good thing” and that’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid. We’re not antisocial or 100% introverted (and if you are, there’s nothing wrong with that!), we just know that all aspects of life are balancing acts.
So, What Kind of People Are We, Really?
We’re millennials. We’ve seen our parents, baby boomers, who worked as hard as they possibly could to afford their children better opportunities than they had. Their parents had even less privileges than them. Both generations were so career focused that it took over completely. Some compensated by relaxing away all of their free time while others took every open opportunity to party, party, party!
Our elders have taught us more than they thought. We learned from them that it’s gravely important to balance work, play, and relaxation. Do we brag about not having anything to do? Definitely. Here’s what I think we should really be called: the Youthful Elderlies.