By Destiny Guzman |Staff Writer|
Millennials are intelligent, innovative and have many other great qualities!
We have to say that, right?
I mean, it is our generation!
However, there are some things that are shameful for our generation that we have to admit.
“I think as millennials we forget the importance of real human connection because of how simple it is to use technology to communicate,” said student Nicole Gomez.
Our generation thinks that it is easy to navigate through technology but what about the generation before us?
We have to be able to realize that the baby boomers have tried to use technology but are not willing to use it because it is foreign to them.
We forget about others and tend to think that the generation before us should know how to operate technology like we do, but we need to also remember that they did not grow up with it like we did.
We have to face reality that our generation is smart, yet self-centered.
We take selfies all the time and post them on social media sites, hoping others will comment about how beautiful we look.
“They even seem old before their time, disappearing into their gadgets like a grandmother leaning into her knitting,” stated author Chris Erskine in “More ‘pledge’ blowback: I ♥ millennials, but some need to learn how to take a joke” in the LA Times.
Has our generation come to that?
Conversing with strangers or acquaintances is something that our generation cannot even handle.
“I feel like this generation thinks it’s weird, but before social media evolved the way it did, kids now think that it’s something strange,” concluded Gomez.
“Thanks to extensive research, we know that millennials may come to the workplace with ‘a sense of entitlement, a tendency to overshare on social media, and frankness verging on insubordination,” stated author Ann Friedman in an article from the LA Times.
We want respect, but we do not show it. And as we all have heard, respect is earned.
“One of the delicious ironies of this dust-up is that the boomers never respected authority and now have raised a generation of kids who don’t respect them either,” said Erskine.
In the workforce, millennials work with the baby boomer generation and have a tendency to state their opinions in a rude and noncompliant way.
Is it because we think we know it all? Even though we are the most educated generation, it does not mean that we disregard other people’s ideas.
We have to be willing to work together with all our differences.
We cannot go after what we want by walking all over people in the process.
“I find the millennials spoiled, entitled, demanding, insular, independent, curious, strong-willed—just the sort of skill set you need to really change the world (many great presidents have had those same qualities),” added Erskine.
Even though these characteristics sound shameful, I believe that we need to remember how we are portraying them.
We need to take actions that will benefit not only ourselves but others as well.
Only then will our generation be like no other, in the most positive way.