The Millennials are an exciting generation; a generation I believed that created a significant impact in the next generation. However, before you read, it is necessary to know the generations before the millennials. As well as how the millennial feel a sense of entitlement.
Who are the baby boomers?
The majority of people use tags like the millennials and baby boomer to refer to different generations, and frankly, it can be confusing to understand what age group they are referring to. However, there is no official agreement on the particular year each generation starts, nonetheless, below is the close guide to who these generations are;
Baby Boomers; the name was coined from a baby boom- there was a baby boom after the World War II, so those in these periods were nicknamed baby boomers because of the circumstances surrounding the period. Baby boomers are born early to 1940s- 1960 all through to 1964; the birth rate went off the chart, which made them a majority of the population.
Furthermore, baby boomers enjoyed several benefits from a high level of income to a time of influence than their predecessors or parents. In addition, they are not the direct parents of the millennial.
Who are the Generation X?
Generation X also was known as the MTV generations are the children of baby boomers; they are born between the early to mid-1960s and early 1980s. This generation saw the rise of musical genres such as hip-hop, grunge, also indie films; they saw the emergence of music, videos, and MTV channel. That is why they are termed as the MTV generation.
Who are the millennials?
This is the generation majority of people acknowledge the most; they are born between the early 1980s to early 2000. Hence, many adults identified with the millennial. Although the recession significantly affected this generation, it is no surprise that this generation is synonymous with the word “entitlement” even though it is a period of economic instability.
What made the made the millennial so privilege?
In reality, every generation is more privileged than the previous generation because of the work its predecessor has done.
Technology is the extreme privilege the millennial are enjoying that its predecessors did not enjoy. Even though the birth of technology did not start with the millennial era, it improved considerably in the millennial era. It made life easier for everyone; for instance,
Food: instead of cooking from scratch almost everything is canned, and you can quickly microwave your food.
Communications: gone are those days where people take their time to compose letters to friends and family, but it is much easier, with your WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, etc. you get to keep in touch everyone.
What tools are the Millennials are using?
Ever since Facebook was introduced in 2004, social media have completely changed the pattern of social interactions. The Millenials’ childhood, adolescence, and adulthood were in no doubt influenced greatly by advanced technology.
Furthermore, Smartphones have dramatically designed the way Millenials view technology-Mp3 players, calculators, notepads, telephones, maps, computer, as well as the bibles, are now contained in any handheld device.
Information can be looked up instantly from the definition of a word or a mere Facebook profile. The generation is the largest adopters of this type of technology. According to the 2015 Pew Research study “86% of respondents with the age range of 18-29 own a Smartphone.
According to the director of campus and Family Life Ministry at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charleston, Greg Witto tagged the Millenials as technology astute.
The Millenials understand the importance and purpose of technology, quickly adapt to learn to use any kind of program device. Nonetheless, he counters this characterization with the following warnings “there is an inability to manage the technological interaction in Millenials adequately.” He further stated that “I see technology as a deterrent to healthy interpersonal communication.” He believed it is a generalization that there is an inability to communicate.
The evolution of Technology in the Classroom & Workplace
Irrespective of what year they were born in the early 298s or late 1990ss, the fact still remains that there is a vast difference in education when compared with that of their parents’. The form of technology has influenced the millennials’ education regardless of how computers are seen. Moreover, YouTube videos, Smart Boards, and online textbooks have been used in the classrooms of most Millennials at some level in their education.
The internet was not a trusted source for formal research in the early stage of computer technology; however, as professional journals beginning to move online, many projects depend mainly on electronic resources.
Furthermore, it is more common for students to find all research articles online than to use any printed resources in the present colleges. As the internet becomes readily available, the Millennials require only a few seconds to get whatever information they need.
According to the Concordia Technology Solutions, “Most millennials are in the workforce; technology dictates how they apply for jobs and what kinds of jobs are available. Website development is a field that is projected to grow 27% over the next decade.”
These days, online portfolios are needed for most design and writing careers, and a majority of the job opportunities require extensive familiarity with various forms of technology, which Millenials are already adequately equipped to handle them.
What went wrong?
The phrase “it keeps getting better” is not 100% correct; with all the technology, the exposure, etc. one could think the millennial would have been the perfect generation ever recorded.
Sadly, it is not the case, the “blessings” of the millennial generation came with a price. A price that will not only cause a diverse effect in its generation, it will also make the next generation worse than the parents’ generation. The sense of entitlement in this generation is appalling and can be fatal to the human race.
However, I belong to this generation, and though I would love to exempt myself and some others I quite know that they different, but what is the effect of 10% out of 100%? It has no noticeable impact. Thirteen years ago I would not have seen anything wrong in the millennial generation, because I acted and thought just the way majority of them are thinking. Their sense of entitlement has eaten deep into their mindset that it difficult, even impossible to retrace our steps.
The parents and society pampered the millennial generation; they were provided with “soft landing.” They grew up believing they deserve to get whatever they could think or do. I am not saying it is wrong to dream. Dreaming of a bright future is good, but it is better to draw out a plan on how the dream can be a reality.
Most millennials stop at the dreaming stage, and when they do not get what they wanted, the Millenials quickly throw tantrums; they blame the government, their teachers, their parents, virtually everyone except for themselves.
It hurts so see many of my age mates still feel the reason they are not living the fun life they expected was the fault of their parents or the government. We have a lot of growing up to do; the earlier we change our ways, the faster we save upcoming generations from impending doom. How do we impact the next generation positively when we find it difficult to stand on our own?