When you think of the word “Millennial”, you’re likely familiar with the panic that consumes the older generations about how entitled or lazy we are. Hopefully you’re not buying into the terrible stereotypes, though, because Millennials are killing it. Given that we’re the future leaders of tomorrow and we’ll one day be the same age as those who despair at the mere thought of us, it’s time to set a few things straight. In fact, Millennials might be the best generation yet, and here’s proof:
We’re straight up entrepreneurs. Other generations like to make us seem lazy, but it’s not that we don’t want to work – we just don’t want to work for others. According to a survey from Bentley University, 67 percent of their respondents said they wanted to start their own business, while 13 percent said they hope to climb the ladders to become CEO or president. Due to us being so literate in technology, we’re seeing more Millennials run companies and starting their own brands.
We’re more aware of Big Issues than Generation X. Being “woke” means being more aware of social issues, and Millennials stay woke 24/7. Not a week goes by without a public outrage over police brutality, sexism, homophobia, or any number of other issues. We don’t get change from people being complacent, so the unrest is actually a good thing, and young people taking to social media and the streets to express it is amazing.
We’re becoming the most educated generation. Yeah, most of us are bogged down by student loans, but the upside is we’re the most educated generation in American history according to Pew Research Center. A lot of us are going to graduate school partially due to the disappointing job market.
We have our priorities straight. Other generations make it seem like we only care about Twitter hashtags, but Pew Research Center found we have serious problems to think about, thanks to the older generation causing the recession. According to Demographic Intelligence, we might be getting older, but don’t expect us to get married until later in life. Millennials are putting weddings off partially because we’re taking on more education and trying to get more situated in our careers.
We’re the most accepting of LGBTQ rights. Data released by the Pew Research Center found that acceptance of gay marriage is at an all-time high among young adults, so it’s much more likely we will be seeing more progress if our generation votes and continue to be vocal.
We’re more independent thinkers. Not only do we want independence by going into business for ourselves, but we think independently despite the system we’re operating within. We constantly question the messages society puts out through television and music through think pieces. We’re also more likely to identify as Independent rather than Democrat (although we mostly vote for the latter party) or Republican, so we’re ready to change the world.
We love turning the status quo upside down. Just a couple of decades ago, most teen movies relied hard on stereotypes like jocks keeping the nerds and geeks down. Now who rules the school in this very technologically advanced world? Nerds and geeks! And we have more young people speaking out about how schools respond terribly to bullying. Looks like teen movie are going to have to rely on different tropes.
We stay informed. Again, many of our elders think we’re wasting our time on social media, but American Press Institute found that Millennials get their news online with 88% through Facebook, 36% through Pinterest, 33% through Twitter, 23% through Reddit, and 21% through Tumblr.
We’re more connected to technology. Yeah, there are some negatives to constantly being connected like oversharing, but there are definitely positives to this lifestyle. Thanks to the Internet, we’re getting the news that TV outlets won’t cover, and people all over the world can band together, thanks to open communication.
We’re more creative. According to a study from Duke, our generation offer employers not only advanced technological knowledge, but also the ability to master new skills in creative ways. These are definitely good things to navigate this world that we are helping to create.
We demand more from our celebrities. Thanks to staying woke, interviewers are now asking celebrities much more important questions, like their views on social issues and how they’re helping those less fortunate. When the public is outraged about something, we like to see high-profile people put their platform to good use.
We’re more ‘go with the flow’ when it comes to sex. Our parents were kind of crazy when it came to sex. They had more partners than we do, probably because freedom around sex was so new. They were also less knowledgeable about it. Now, although older generations think we’re worse than they ever were, we actually have way fewer sexual partners than they did – though we still have casual hookups, of course. Basically, we’re still laid back, but we aren’t going to the extreme.