Reading the steady stream of bullshit written about Millennials makes me cringe. There are 80 million living humans who were born between 1982 and 1994; we stretch income levels, family structures and cultural backgrounds. And apparently we all need to be coddled. I hear that we were given trophies as children so now we need constant praise. We still live with our parents? Well I don’t, but maybe the rest of you do.
Sure, there is a portion of white, middle to upper class Millennials who live in the Uptowns and the Williamsburgs and the Portlands of the world and some of them need coddling. Their parents pay their phone bills and they want to work in open spaces for 15 hours a week but get paid like executives who work 60. I know some of them, I’ve worked with some of them and I don’t like them much.
So here’s my question to the Baby Boomers who criticize my cohort: Did the draft-dodgers in the 1960s speak for your entire generation? And to the Gen Xers: Did the Punks and Valley Girls speak for you?
I’m certain many of you wanted the same things as us when you were 25 or 30. You walked out of high school or college thinking about what the perfect job and life looked like and were disappointed in what you found. Maybe we’re louder because we’re a larger group of humans. Perhaps the ability to speak to our friends in digital venues where others can hear us has led you to believe that we’re a bunch of spoiled little shits with no experience and high expectations.
Before you write your next piece about how needy and coddled Millennials are I encourage you to think about how many Millennials are working at McDonalds. How many of them are fixing your cars, installing your cable and nannying for your children? We’re the engineers working to make energy out of wind and sunlight. We’re the volunteers working in orphanages in Haiti. We’re cleaning the water you polluted 50 years ago.
Certainly there are slackers in our generation, and they may be noisy about what they want and deserve, but they are the minority and they do not speak for the entirety of our generation. So kindly shut the fuck up and get back to work.