I’ve seen a lot of complaining about this article, but did you guys actually read it before being outraged by it’s title? Maybe you have and I just have not seen the post on my dash, but here’s my .02 that you did not ask for anyway. So I apologize if my observation is not accurate and I have offended you. I do not mean to. I am a “millennial”, too (just to be clear).
The first half of the article is a lot of criticism supported by statistics and turned into generalized facts about this generation. Are we so narcissistic that we cannot weather a little criticism?
Honestly, can you deny that you spend too much time on social media? That you don’t know how to talk to people anymore (would rather email/text/passive aggressively update your facebook status than confront someone face to face)? That they’ll have to pry your phone out of your cold dead hand before you relinquish it? I can’t.
I think we are very self centered. How can we not be in a culture that constantly asks us to update our thoughts, likes, whereabouts and surroundings every second of every day? (That’s not to say that we are not other things as well.)
We might not be guilty of all of these flaws at once, but a trait that you do not possess is surely present in one of your peers.
But the article goes on to explain our narcissism and to cite our strengths:
"This generation is think, think about it before you do it… this generation is three to four steps ahead."
The article goes on to explain that we are this way in part because of the great advances in technology that we are fortunate enough to have at our disposal. It also says:
"Here’s something even all the psychologists who fret over their narcissism studies agree about: millennials are nice."
And this is what makes me proud of us, the article says that Millennials are more accepting of differences in everyone— and that’s sort of what I find on tumblr. It goes on to say that we’re earnest and optimistic— and we are! There’s so much support out here for everyone and their individual quirks.
And guys, here’s the gauntlet that’s been thrown down before us:
So, yes, we have all the data about narcissism and laziness and entitlement. But a generation’s greatness isn’t determined by data; it’s determined by how they react to the challenges that befall them.
Anyway. Sorry for the diversion from art. I had the opportunity to read this article and I wanted to share some of the positive aspects of it.