Millennials or Just People?
I did a quick Google search of “Millennial,” and then I switched over to the news section, just to see what would pop up. There were the generic articles about politics and the different industries that we are killing, but something else caught my eye. It was an article from SFGate, “15 ways to annoy a Millennial” (There was no capitalization in the article title, but don’t get me started on that). When you see a title like that, how can you not read it, I wanted to know the different things that annoy me.
There are a few of the things that I would actually agree with, like “telling them to go buy a car in person,” but there are other annoying items on the list that would annoy anyone, not just millennials. I haven’t been around to see a lot of generations progress, but if I had to guess, Millennials seem to be one of the most stereotyped and targeted ages. The fact that people younger than 30 are deemed “millennials,” instead of just calling them young adults is an excellent example that I don’t see media outlets doing with many other generations.
Two of the items that are on the list are in regards to “lecturing” someone. Number 8 on the list is, “if you are a male, go out of your way to lecture a female Millennial about something” and the next item is, “if you are white, go out of your way to lecture a Millennial of color about something.” Okay, now I’m neither female, nor a person of color, but I can tell you, regardless of my age, race, or gender, it annoys me when someone goes out of their way to explain something that I already understand. Being a Millennial has nothing to do with being annoyed by, “mansplaining,” it’s irksome regardless of which generation that you’re born.
Another point on the list, “Tell them climate change is a myth.” Okay, I’m not using this article as a soapbox for a stance on climate change – there is excellent evidence for both sides of the arguments. My point is, I’ve heard a lot of people over the age of 40 get annoyed if you tell them that climate change doesn’t exist. You can find dozens of YouTube videos of scientists with PhDs getting up in arms defending climate change. It’s simply an idea that people believe in, and if you tell them that it doesn’t exist, regardless of their age or the idea, they are going to be annoyed. It’s a simple fact of life.
Most of the articles along these lines are just trying to reel in readers, I get that, but can we stop acting like Millennials are drastically different or have radically different concerns and views on everything. In the end, we were born 10 or 15 years (sometimes not even that much) later than the people writing these articles, do you honestly think we are that different?