5 Myths About Millennials

Welcome to my blog! I’m so excited to start on this journey, and I hope that I’ll be able to bring you useful and interesting information along the way. This blog is a lifestyle blog with a millennial/young generation focus, but that certainly doesn’t mean that the only people who can benefit from this blog are millennials. I’m happy to have you here, no matter what your generation identity is!

To kick things off with my first post, below are five myths that you might still believe about millennials. 

1. Millennials are Lazy

Millennials have been pegged as lazy for as long as I have been cognizant about being a millennial. For me, it never made sense. I spent my high school years schlepping from school to band practice to work, all to finally go home around 11pm, eat dinner, and do my homework. College was much of the same, with my days full of juggling three to five part-time jobs with a full course load, plus research and honors projects. I watched many of my peers do the same. I watched friends work full-time and go to school full-time, raise kids while attending classes, and put their passions into extra-curricular projects. Are some millennials lazy? Yes, of course. There’s always going to be some truth to a stereotype, because that’s where they usually stem from. But it is by far not the majority. 

2. Millennials are Entitled 

Entitled is probably the word association with this generation that I both hear the most and loathe the most. Am I entitled because I want a full-time job with a livable wage, a home to call my own, and a family? Isn’t this what all the previous generations wanted too? Somewhere down the line, millennials got stuck with the label of “entitled,” even though the things we desire most are the same as those who came before us. It’s true that millennials are different and the details of what we want have changed (for example, wanting to do fulfilling work is high on that list), but is it really all that different from our parents and grandparents? 

Some would argue that we want all of these things handed to us without working for them, but as stated in the previous point on this list, I don’t think millennials are all that lazy (or unwilling to work hard for what we want). Some millennials are entitled, but it’s probably because they were raised by entitled parents, not because they’re millennials. Entitlement exists in all age brackets. Blaming millennials for the brunt of that will not fix anyone’s parenting mistakes.

3. Millennials are Self-Absorbed

Again, to state the obvious, of course some millennials are self-absorbed (because there are people of all ages like this). But millennials often get a bad reputation simply because we tend to use our phones a lot and participate in social media. Many would argue that we’re slaves to our phones and follower counts, but in reality we’re engaging with not only technology but with actual people. Social media is social by nature, so I can talk to my friends across the country or across the world in a matter of minutes. I can read news articles, use apps to study my foreign language vocabulary, and access millions of bits of information with just the tap of a few buttons. On social media, I can connect with friends and family that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to get in touch with often. Yes, I may document what I’m having for dinner if it’s aesthetic enough, but sharing our lives with others is the entire point of social media. Self-absorbed? Not so much. But we may just be the most social generation yet. 

4. Millennials Can’t Hold Down a Job

It’s normal for someone in my generation (and probably the generations to come) to job hop quite frequently. Even though it’s “the new normal,” it simply isn’t true that millennials can’t keep a job. It’s not that they can’t hold on to a job, but rather that many are looking to move up, move on, or progress in a way that their current job doesn’t offer. Most college graduates end up either 1) having a hard time finding a job, 2) only being able to find part-time work, or 3) having to take a basic entry-level job while they continue to search for something in their field. Jobs are hard to come by even for those with college degrees and work experience, and even if you enter the workforce with a good background, you’re still likely to be stuck in an entry-level job. Many millennials aren’t satisfied with this, mainly because we didn’t spend 4-7 (or more) years getting multiple degrees and job experience to work the high school diploma required lowest level job. We’re the most educated generation thus far, and many of us are determined to work our way up. In my 5.5 years of full-time work, I’ve already had three different jobs. While this is normal, it’s not a blanket statement. I have a friend who has worked full-time with the same company for 10 years and another who has worked in the same job for 6 years. There’s more variety than we’re given credit for.

5. Millennials Are Killing (Insert Industry Here)

Millennials aren’t killing anything–we’re finding ways to make it better. Fast food won’t die because some millennials are health conscious (there’s still plenty of us who love it okay), and though we’re impacting nearly every industry out there, we’re doing it to change it for the better. It’s easier now more than ever to get eco-friendly products, stir up support for a cause, and spread information that will make us all healthier, smarter, and happier (which, by the way, benefits everyone on the planet, not just millennials). 

So, what do you think? Are there other myths you can bust about millennials?