We are escapists. And above all we aspire to be artists.
We as millennials are constantly being criticized for our dependability on social media… just hold on…have to first like an aesthetic picture of someone with headphones jogging on a scenic route.
Our generation saw the light between 1980 and mid-1990s (some push it to 2000), the light basically being that of our cellphone screens. Jenna Amatulli, from Huffingtonpost, says a study by Maru/Matchbox discovered that 69 percent of millennials photograph their meals before they eat it.
Documenting our daily living and blowing it up has become an art form – a coping mechanism. Turning mundane things into dopamine-inducers have become second nature. However, the amount of attention sought for these inventions may be problematic.
There is a difference between making life more creative and being on life support for validation. When the latter becomes a reality, the quality of life decreases as people betray the moment by digitizing and not living it. The need for instant gratification is at the root of criticism against our generation.
According to Kate Lyons, from The Gaurdian, millennials (also dubbed “Generation Y”) are generalized as immature, apathetic, narcissists, with commitment issues, incapable to survive without their smartphones.
On the bright side, we are also known for our “creativity, flexibility, open-mindedness, a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the environment”, according to Lyons.
Douglas Main, from Livescience, says we are also described as more confident and that civil issues like gay rights and equality are bigger priorities.
As we ascend to social media for even the slightest itch, I believe almost all of the characteristics of our generation flowers from social media. Social media is all about drawing attention to your brand – everything you do on there really contribute to your own image. We constantly defend and polish it. It is therefore understandable that we are being criticized for our narcissism. But the things you do to define your identity can be inherently good and inspirational.
Confidence is the good thing that emanates from this process. When social media makes us feel good, it makes us confident. Social media is our way of changing the world. Confident people speak their minds and fight for what they believe in.
An open network of communication creates awareness about global issues. Perpetually being in contact with other people allow discourse, which helps to shape society.
Main points to the never-ending dispute about whether we are “self-entitled narcissists or open-minded do-gooders”. Each generation needs good and bad things that sets them apart from other generations. I believe there is a median on this scale.
So I want to contradict Toni Lahren’s contradiction on The Daily Show when she said, “I’m a millennial, so I don’t like labels.” I want to put a label on millennials. We are the outspoken, fighters for freedom and equality. We are ambiguous – ignorant and enlightened at the same time. We are escapists. And above all we aspire to be artists.
Amatulli, J. 2017. An Obnoxious 69 Percent Of Millennials Take Photos Of Food Before Eating. Huffingtonpost. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/entry/study-says-69-of-Millennials-take-photos-of-their-food-before-eating_us_58b73078e4b0284854b39105. Date of access: 22 Mar. 2017.
Lyons, K. 2017. Generation Y, Curling or Maybe: what the world calls Millennials. The Gaurdian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/08/generation-y-curling-or-maybe-what-the-world-calls-Millennials. Date of access: 22 Mar. 2017.
Main, D. 2013. Who Are the Millennials? Livescience. http://www.livescience.com/38061-Millennials-generation-y.html. Date of access: 22 Mar. 2017.