Recently on one of my many trips to wander the aisles of Barnes and Noble I was struck by the cover of the most recent TIME magazine by an article written by Joel Stein. Being that a larger majority of my private counseling practice is made up of individuals who would be considered “millennial” I was certainly intrigued by the cover photo and sub titles. First off, I will start by the fact that I am biased. I love millennials. They are quite possibly my favorite generation to interact with and because I am just on the upper end of the cusp and still can be called a millennial technically I can’t have too much disgust or distrust for them when I am one of them. I do however think this article sparks an uproar in controversy and certainly looking at the social media uproar since the release (since I am a millennial you know I went there first!) people are talking loudly about their thoughts.
Claim #1 : Millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists, who still live with their parents
The article goes into detail to discuss the negative aspects of the millennial generation and several data facts to support this claim. Facts such as the rise in narcissistic personality disorder, the large number of them that still live with their parents, the entitlement they so proudly carry around, the constant dopamine rush they crave because of the “like” or “follow” they receive and how because they have for a large part of their life grown up in front of reality TV shows and they themselves have now figured out how to define their identify and brand at age 13 for a TV ready world.
Parents of the millennials have certainly not made this entitlement hard to come by either. With emphasis on developing self-esteem by lavishing praise and awarding trophies every time they turned around that 40% of the millennial generation surveyed now believes that when employed they deserve a promotion every two years regardless of their performance.
With iconic millennials like Lady Gaga and Mark Zuckerberg the article goes on to publish a quote representing this generation: ‘God didn’t give me these talents to just sit around and model or be famous. I want to lead a huge charity organization. I want to lead a country for all I know.’ – Alexis Neiers
Next week I will present the information from Claim #2: The Next Greatest Generation
So where does this leave you with thoughts of the millennial generation? Parents and kids feel free to chime in!