A journalist, Alexis Bloomer, went on her Facebook page this past Friday to express her sincere apologies on behalf of an entire generation: Millennials. With over 40 million views, 70,000 comments, and one million shares-- it's quite the controversy.
“If you guys have anyone on your social media that’s over the age of 40, you’ve probably seen a post at some point about how much our generation sucks," Bloomer began. "Well, as a millennial, I took it upon myself to try to evaluate what’s so wrong with our generation and why they’re so mad with us. And then I pretty much realized that we’re just existing, we’re not really contributing anything to society.”
Her list goes on for a good minute and a half. She names everything from laziness to entitlement as viable reasons why millennials are looked down upon in today's society, and why she agrees we all should do better.
Watch her rant below:
Well, as a millennial myself, here are a few points she made, easily debunked:
"We’re lazy, we’re really entitled, and we want to make a lot of money and have free education but we’re not really willing to put in the work."
Oh, dear. I'm not quite sure how the most educated generation in history could be described as "lazy," but to each its own, #amirite? What is also known is that our generation faces the most costly education, with a 234% increase in average tuition since 1992, factoring in at a 63% jump with inflation. We're known as the most overeducated, underemployed generation and it's damn sure not our fault.
“We spend more time online making friends than actually building relationships.”
Not quite, Alexis. While it's true that our love lives are probably 90% more active on the internet than the previous generation, 1/3rd of all new marriages come from online dating. A study found that more than 1/3rd of new marriages begin from online dating, and couples who meet online are more likely to progress to marriage than those offline. Adults aged 18-24 online date three times more than any other group, except for adults aged 55-64, who engage at the same rate. So, there's that...
“Our idea of standing up for something that we believe in means going online and posting a status with your opinion.”
This one's a bit absurd to me, but I'll try my best not to sound condescending. Perhaps Alexis missed the whole #BlackLivesMatter thing, and similar movements that have been pushing the country forward, but alas, I'm here to explain. Millennial black men and women, feminists, and immigrant groups are ushering in a new wave of activism from social to the streets. The impact has been undeniably monumental.
“We are more divided than ever before and I think that our generation has a lot to do with that.”
Yawn. Sigh. And "come again?" Millennials are the most inclusive and least tolerant of free speech when it's related to racism, sexism, etc. In 10 years, we'll make up 70% of the workforce, and 83% of us are engaged at work when the environment fosters an "inclusive culture." While our country definitely seems to be divided between the left and right more concretely, millennials are far from those to blame.
“We have more opportunities to succeed than any of those before us.”
Let's get this straight: millennials are dealing with a slow economy, high unemployment rate, stagnant wages, and a record-holding amount of student loans to account for by the time we leave college. On top of that, "Americans between 18 and 34 are earning less today (after adjustment for inflation) than the same age group did in the past," according to the NY Times. It's nearly impossible for us to save for our future, because we aren't making enough. Which is also why more young adults are living with their parents now than in the 1940s. And then there's the domino effect: less likely to marry before 27; less likely to own a home or a car; less likely to have a savings account or 401k; less likely to have children or benefits- and it goes on and on and on. If you call that opportunity, I call that bulls*it.
“…And maybe make a difference in 2016, so we can make a difference in the future.”
Millennials have been making a difference for nearly a decade now--or more. We've been known to have our share fair of thoughts on the election. And wait -- we got Obama elected! We are to thank for the last eight years and we're mighty proud of it.
Moving forward, almost half of all millennials, 49 percent to be exact, believe the country is on the road to its best years. So not only are you completely misinformed Ms. Alexis, but you're now officially a Debbie Downer. Goodbye.