By Israel Ramirez |Staff Writer|
The Millennials, often criticized by our previous generation, have proven much more than what we are credited for.
Our predecessors criticize our generation in the same way the baby boomers criticized Generation X and how our generation has moved on to criticize the boomlets.
Often, we hear that our generation is “lazy,” “unmotivated” or “stupid.”
It is not that we intentionally portray any of those characteristics; instead it is the changes that we have incorporated that cause our antecedent’s trouble.
“To older workers, wanting help looks like laziness; to younger workers, the gains that come from teamwork have been learned from the collaborative nature of their childhood activities, which included social networks, crowd-sourcing and even video games like World of Warcraft that ‘emphasize cooperative rather than individual competition,’” according to author Don Tapscott in an article from The New York Times.
Our collaboration with others has been misinterpreted as laziness; unlike the previous generation, we depend on one another to excel towards our objectives.
We have seen the changes in all generations—and with changes, come criticism.
It is always hard for an individual to incorporate change after doing something for a very long time without someone telling him or her otherwise.
The same way our parents do not understand some of the decisions we make is the overall concept of why we are criticized.
Our age group has progressed in a way that no other group has ever done so.
We can thank the constant improvement of technology for helping us evolve into the unseen.
Today’s generation has learned to adapt technology to help everything from simply getting directions, to helping us communicate with individuals around the world.
“Social media is a huge factor in today’s generation, it spreads all sorts of stories like a wildfire,” said student Gilberto Silva.
Many will argue that all the technological resources we are provided with have dumbed us down.
But, the reality is, these changes are being incorporated into the work force and into our day-to-day life.
In order to remain relevant, you must adapt to alterations of all kinds.
Many people are losing their jobs to more technologically qualified individuals, while others who are unable to adapt to the changes may find it difficult to escape unemployment.
Change brings forth not only benefit but misfortune as well.
However, it is up to your age group to keep up with the trends that allow us to maximize our capabilities.