Why I Hate Being Labeled As A Millennial

Why I Hate Being Labeled As A Millennial ©iStock/a-wrangler

I’m sick of doing something awesome, only for someone to say they’re surprised a millennial could handle it. What the hell does that have to do with anything? I guess all I’m good for is a great subject for other generations to bitch about. Guess what? Other generations have their problems, too. Millennials really do get a bad rap, and I’m sick of it.

  1. I’m not entitled. I don’t think I deserve anything but a chance. I don’t expect to be given anything just because of my generation. I don’t expect to just be handed a six figure job because I went to college and earned a degree just like millions of others my age.
  2. I’m not a selfish brat. I can’t stand bratty people. I’ve been accused of it and it pisses me off. Usually, it’s other brats who seem to have a problem with me. Imagine that.
  3. I didn’t demand college from my parents. Why do so many millennials think it’s their parents’ job to send them to college? I was given 18 years to prepare for college. My parents raised me and took care of me all 18 years. At 18, I’m an adult and I should damn well be able to handle college on my own.
  4. I work hard for my money. I’m tired of being called lazy because of the generation I was born into. I don’t think I’m special. I work hard for every penny I earn. As a result, I don’t take money for granted and I’m better at my job, too.
  5. I have a life outside social media. According to one study, 59% of millennials say they’re self-absorbed. Big surprise with our generation’s social media obsession. Yes, I use it, but I also know how to have a life beyond status updates.
  6. I don’t party life away. I have better things to do than party all the time. Even other millennials are surprised when I say no to a party because I’m doing something else. I love a great party, but working on my bucket list is much more fun.
  7. I’m pretty damn proud of sobriety. I don’t get why it’s a thing to talk about how much you drank this weekend or post drunken selfies. While this isn’t strictly a millennial thing, the selfies tend to come from us. I’d rather remember what happened the day before and skip hangovers. Another reason I’m not huge on partying.
  8. I hate hookup culture. Maybe I’m the odd one out, but shouldn’t there be more to dating than finding a warm body for a few hours and then leaving? I get that we all have urges, but it just seems overly risky to hook up with total strangers all the time.
  9. I sleep late, but only because I work at night. The moment someone finds out I sleep past 6 a.m., I’m labeled as a lazy millennial. Hello, some people work different shifts. Late nights work best with my clients, so of course I sleep later.
  10. I’d rather work than hold out. I bitch at some of my friends for this one. They’d rather let someone else keep them than get a job because they’re holding out for a certain pay rate or their dream job. I’m all for doing what you love, but get a job to support yourself in the meantime. Crappy jobs are just a part of life.
  11. I’m not a stereotype. The term “millennial” encompasses so many different stereotypes, both good and bad. I’m not a stereotype. I’m a woman. I’m a human. Enough with hating me just because I was born in the 80s.
  12. I’m not overly sensitive. I can’t turn on the news without seeing millennials protesting or bitching over something stupid, like a Starbuck’s holiday cup just being red. They’re always complaining about freedom of speech, but the moment someone disagrees, they want free speech banned.
  13. I’m open-minded, but not naive. If it’s online, it must be true, right? I’m very open-minded, but I’m not so naive as to believe anything I see or read. In their eagerness to prove their open to everything, far too many millennials come off as naive and have a hard time telling fact from fiction, especially on social media.
  14. I don’t have to live on my phone. I was a late smartphone adopter. Seriously, I shouldn’t have to go through several screens just to make a call. Now, I love it. Still, I can walk, talk, drive a car and socialize face to face without my phone.
  15. I have a mirror — I don’t need selfies. I’ve taken a few selfies, but I just don’t get it. I have a mirror. Why should I waste time posing for selfies when I could be doing something? I’d rather pose with friends or take pictures of what’s going on around me.
  16. I know what’s going on in the world. Ask a millennial about the Kardashians and they’ll go on for hours. Ask them about current events and they’re clueless. Unless it’s trending on social media or their favorite celebrity is tweeting about it, they’re oblivious to the world around them.
  17. I’m not a fan of online dating. I know it works for some people, but I’d rather meet someone in real life. Gen Y loves lurking online and pretending to be someone they’re not or spilling every single secret all at once. Either way, it’s a pain in the ass and just isn’t right for me.
  18. I’m not flighty. Businesses used to previous generations are annoyed with millennials. They love to take a job and quit a few months later. There’s no dedication in most cases, even though that’s how businesses grow and thrive. When I make a commitment, I stick to it. Yes, I’ll change jobs, but my resume isn’t going to list 10 different companies every year as I try to figure out what I want.

No, I don’t hate millennials. Many are just like me and sick of the ones who make all these negative stereotypes seem true.

Crystal Crowder is a freelance writer and blogger. She's a tech geek at heart, but loves telling it like it is when it comes to love, beauty and style. She's enjoys writing music, poetry and fiction and curling up with a great book. You can find her on Twitter @ccrowderwrites or check out her other writing on Medium.