“Oh, those Millennials! Those lazy, narcissistic kids are inseparable from their technology. Their parents sheltered them from the jarring realities of this world. Our generation wasn’t as pampered as this generation is today”. It is sad to say, but to some, this is what being a Millennial means. Well, guess what! My generation has much more to bring to the table than what these stereotypes suggest. I am a Millennial and there exists majestic wonders that set us apart from other generations.
Ronald Reagan once quoted, “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation.” From the previous generations’ shoulders, we’re able to see the rights and wrongs done in the past and live according to them. With that being said, we are better at becoming more insightful, regarding other generations’ adversities, than other generations. Millennials are able to learn from the mistakes and hardships that past generations had to endure. We are more aware because of it. As of now, we can look and see the pros and cons of our grandparents and parent’s actions, imitating or avoiding what we need to.
“Hey kid! Come in here and fix the TV. And while you’re at it, show me how to take a picture on this phone.” How common are these phrases in everyday life? Because of the age that we grew up in, Millennials are more adept at utilizing technology in comparison to other generations. When people hear “Millennial” and “technology” in the same sentence, the instantaneous assumption is that we are distracted from reality when, in fact, all we are doing is keeping pace with the world. As stated by the Pew Research Center, “The rate of technological advancement is increasing with time, society is looking to create and develop easier ways to live and lengthen their lives.” We are better when it comes to technology because we have grown up during the boom of technological advancements and have experienced, first-hand, its rise in popularity. Because we are so skillful dealing with technology, we are able to push ideas across the masses like no other generation.
In the words of actor, Ian Somerhalder, “Millennials don’t just want to read the news anymore, they want to know what they can do about it.” We are a gene ration of action and not just talk. We want to be a part of something that is making an impact in the world, but with a different approach. We get our opinions out there in a way that the world can hear our voice, at the expense of being a click away. By way of illustration, aren’t we known to be frequent users of various social media accounts? In 2013, after the exoneration of George Zimmerman, there emerged a hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter. Through this push on social media, this organization has done numerous street demonstrations. Through such usage, the voices of the minorities were heard, and it all started with a hashtag.