So called ‘millennials’ are those born between the late 1970s and the year 2000. They are the “kids these days” with exception of the “kids these days” born after 2000. A-Typical also belongs to the millennial generation and this post is in no way an attempt to defend “our generation” and the generations coming after (maybe it is a little).
It’s easy to hate on today’s generation. It’s always been a trend in society to give the kids crap and even though sometimes they might deserve it, the thing is: everybody does dumb things. Not just kids.
Kids can be pretentious, entitled, obnoxious and oblivious to their surroundings but so can the “not-kids”. I don’t like to use the word ‘adult’ because that would suggest maturity and I’ve seen so-called “adults” act a lot less mature than kids.
At the same time I think that being young isn’t a valid reason for people to do stupid things and get into trouble. Yes, a lot can of course be attributed to the way the kids are raised at home and that really just shows that parents can be just as shitty as their kids.
The other night I was up until about 2 AM because a group of loud kids found it necessary to be extremely loud outside my house. It made me question how in their right minds they thought it was okay to talk, laugh and even sing very loudly at 2 AM in a neighbourhood where people live. I was about to hate on the fact that they are kids, kids that are younger than me and scold them for being stupid brats. Later, however, I realised that I’ve had “adults” standing there at the same hour being just as loud and just as selfish, not paying attention to the people they’re living with on this planet.
Will that make us all feel better? If this generation is just as bad as the ones before it? Of course we hope for change, for better behaviour.
Millennials do actually bring new mind sets and more change in the world. It would be bad if new generations didn’t bring change. We’ll be honest, A-Typical hates conservative mindsets. There are things that could be considered conservative that we support but those are just small things, that’s a story for a different article however.
Millennials are generally more accepting of new things and changes in the world. They tend to embrace technology faster (though it’s probably also because they grew up with it), they are more tolerant (to the LGBT community for example) although apparently not less racist than former generations (sadly, racism is still alive today) and they bring new ideas from new perspectives to the world. They are becoming the highest educated generation, which is also because the quality of education has increased over the years, and they are very independent people. There are a few other things but I don’t want to put millennials on a pedestal and make it seem like they are better than former generations. Saying they’re “better” would mean generalizing the former generations. I think that millenials just get too much crap and that this crap is unwarranted.
The thing with generations is that it’s just an easy way of labeling a certain demographic. The problem with a term like ‘millennial’ is that people attribute certain features to that word. There is a stereotypical idea of what a millenial is, people get a picture in their head of a millenial when they hear the word. The way these kids look and their character traits. Thing is, there is not one clear picture of a millenial. It is an age group. Anybody between born between the late 1970s and the year 2000 is by definition a millenial. So it’s not a sub-culture and it’s not a way of defining somebody.
The current and largest generation of a certain time is not necessarily better than the generations that came before it. Kids learn from the mistakes and ignorant things their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so forth made and did. Hopefully to not repeat them. I hate the argument of “those were the times back then, we didn’t know any better”. That’s just bullshit to me. Moral human behaviour has been a thing for a very long time so that argument is invalid.
There are definitely things we have yet to learn and we can only hope that the next generations progress to learn from the mistakes and ignorant things of the current generation.
What is all boils down to really is that today’s generation is not worse than last generations, they’re learning as they go along to create a better world. Hopefully it does make them a better generation and hopefully the next generations will only improve. In the end it’s not about generations, it’s about people. Becoming better people than those before us and improving the planet, creating more harmony and less hate.
There will always be good people and bad people.
There will always be the sensible and the ignorant.
There will always be new generations to bother the former ones.