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In Defense of Millennials
Recently there’s been a trend to stereotype millennials as ungracious, narcissistic, social media–obsessed, lazy, self-entitled “trophy children” who are handed everything in life.
As a Bentley University senior and proud millennial, I find these insults degrading and unwarranted. Comparing the values of one generation against another is flawed and rife with inaccuracies.
Let this be a guide to respond to anyone who dismisses our generation.
Yes, it’s true we millennials (18- to 34-year-olds) are obsessed with social media. It’s an amazing platform that has changed the world. As with any new technology, those in my generation are still learning its boundaries. But so is everyone else, for that matter.
As far as accusing millennials of laziness, I wonder if the teenager working part time in high school to help his or her family get by is considered lazy? And should the college student that’s burdened by the rising cost of education and buried under debt after graduation be labeled self-entitled?
Where do older generations get off thinking they’re better than us? It wasn’t the millennials who initiated environmental destruction, war, genocide, increasing poverty and drug use, mass incarceration and rejection of human rights.
Finally, those who accuse my generation of political and/or social apathy just don’t get it. All around the world young people are mobilizing their talents to improve their communities. It’s the millennials who are applying technology for social change.
Every generation has its strengths and weaknesses. We in the Millennial Generation are no different.
Learn more about Bentley’s PreparedU Project, which examines challenges facing millennial workers, the companies that employ them and the colleges and universities that prepare them.
Bentley University’s Co-Provost and Dean of Arts and Sciences Daniel Everett talked with us recently about a wide range of topics, including being featured in a new book by Tom Wolfe, two of his own upcoming books, the importance of studying the origins of language, and the value of a fusion approach to business education.