When you do a search online for “Why Millennials Are the Worst”, you get 102,000,000 results. That’s a whole lot of hate for the 80-90 million people it encompasses in the US alone. It seems Gen X’ers (and beyond) want millennials to believe that they are the most entitled, selfish, spoiled generation who ever lived. And while every generation has their faults, I’m here to tell you what millennials do better than any previous generation.
- They care about the world around them. Whether it be donating to someone’s GoFundMe to help pay for their medical bills or defending a friend against racial intolerance, millennials are some of the most compassionate groups of people I’ve encountered. They genuinely care about the well-being of those around them and yearn for the equality of all people.
- They’re adaptable. Had to change your plans last minute? No worries. Millennials are a super flexible group of people. Since they grew up with ever-changing technology, they’re used to having to adapt quickly to changes. They’re resourceful and creative when it comes to problem solving and often use technology in imaginative ways.
- They’re open-minded. This group wants you to do whatever makes you happy, as long as it’s not harming others. They commonly vote for gay rights, for the legalization of marijuana, and against the death penalty. Millennials are commonly the most tolerant and accepting group of people I encounter and I think it has something to do with being able to reach out to so many different people by just the click of a button.
- They’re passionate. Millennials care more about a sense of purpose than they do about money. This creates a fiery passion for what they believe in and what they do that’s really unmatched. Their desire for happiness and fervor for reaching their goals generates drive and ambition. Gen X’ers will have you believe that millennials are lazy and bad with money; however, most of what I’ve seen is a generation of people working several jobs at once just to make ends meet. Between their exacerbating student loan bills and being thrust into some of the worst job markets in America, millennials seem to be working just as hard for a lot less payoff than previous generations.
- They’re aware. From different cultures and religions to music and art, millennials are more aware and mindful than ever before. Thanks to technology and the birth of the Internet, they are able to see more of the world’s different viewpoints without ever leaving their house. Blogging and social media sites have helped this group to be informed on different opinions, values, and principles and this has in turn helped them to become a better-rounded band of people.
- They’re intellectually independent. Because of the awareness discussed above, millennials are able to form their own opinions instead of just adopting their parents’ or friend’s views. This has opened doors to new ideas, concepts, and philosophies.
- They refuse to accept status quo. Millennials question everything. This group can usually see straight through things that aren’t authentic and are naturally inquisitive. The quest for validity is a quality and truth is an important task that millennials take on.