By Ariana Cano |Staff Writer|
Generation Y, also known as millennials, are individuals who were born in the years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s, which is a big gap that includes people between the ages of 11 to 32.
Although, millennials constitute a wide age range, some people tend to focus on adolescents and young adults.
These adolescents and young adults are frequently labeled as lazy, narcissistic, and dumb by authors like Mark Bauerlein in, “The Dumbest Generation” and Jean M. Twenge in “Generation Me,” as well as illiberal people that claim our generation has it easy.
However, I would argue that our generation, even with the help of technology, also has struggles.
Unfortunately, millenials were born into an economic recession which made it essential to stay in school for as long as possible to get a well paying job.
Our youth, myself included, are competing against a larger population which reduces our chances of success.
Somehow millennials have managed to make the best of what was given to us and take advantage of the opportunities society has to offer.
Although greatly misunderstood, millennials have created advanced means of entertainment, communication, and other various innovations.
Forms of entertainment include apps in which a person can create games and sell them, YouTube, where many entrepreneurs start channels that produce a talent or creating tutorials or sharing funny or criticizing content, along with Vines and Instagram pages.
If the individual is successful (recognized by the amount of views or likes) on their game, page, or channel(s), companies may pay them for the content they provide, regardless of the producer’s age or identity.
For example, a YouTuber Ryan Higa, otherwise known by his username Nigahiga, is a YouTube celebrity who became popular around the age of 16 for his comedic videos. His page now has over 13 million subscribers.
Our generation’s group of entrepreneurs have also created communication assets such as, Facebook and Snapchat. However, Bauerlein states in his book that, “the digital age stupefies young Americans and jeopardizes our future.”
This generation might not read the newspaper to get information, but we do get our information from websites that are a lot faster, straight to the point, and concise.
“I know about the news because I check my Twitter account every morning. A lot of people post about important issues and share their opinions through the site and it’s easier to access,” said student Michelle Preciado.
Twitter not only provides trends, but news that sometimes comes from witnesses and also advocates movements with pages and hashtags.
However, too much of anything is bad for a person. Just as much as the Internet can help this generation become innovators, it can also turn this generation into slackers.
When a person uses digital media it should be in part to create content, gain and share information not just to waste time or socialize.
Yes, millennials now want everything to be faster resulting in a lack of patience in reading.
I’ve met many people who don’t use social media or the Internet for that matter as an instructive tool. Sadly, these people don’t realize they are being judged by the older generation.
The phrase “kids these days” isn’t new, and neither is bashing on the youth.
The public has to understand that our generation consists of many different young adults, which includes both slackers and innovators, not just one or the other.