Millennials more than stereotypes

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Millennials work hard for rewards, aren’t ‘killing’ anything

As Facebook gets taken over more and more by older generations, it has become the hot place to bash millennials.

Almost every week there is a new article about how millennials are killing a chain restaurant or the housing market, or another middle-aged adult is ranting about millennials and “those darn smartphones.”

Most college students fall under the category of millennials, or any person who was born between the 1980s and 2000s. And unfortunately, we get blamed for a lot of the world’s problems.

If you do a quick Google search of “millennials are killing,” the suggested word after that is anywhere between Applebee’s and memes. (Try it—it’s pretty hilarious.)

In the eyes of older generations, millennials make up an awful generation of degenerates who can’t do anything right.

Being a millennial comes with many stereotypes. While we may fit the bill on some of these stereotypes, some of them are insane and just plain wrong.

Here are some of the most common stereotypes about millennials and why we’re really not so bad:

Millennials spend most of their time taking selfies and playing on their phone.

It’s true that we as a society have become more phone-dependent. We like to take selfies to capture a moment when we’re feeling good about ourselves or to create a memory.

But it’s not just millennials using their phones every day. According to Pew Research, 77 percent of adults own a smartphone.

We have instant access to the internet, allowing us to do more than just text and call. Why wouldn’t we take advantage of this resource? People use their phones to search for jobs, complete applications and even complete work. It’s not always a bad thing to be so connected.

Millennials are killing chains.

Chain restaurants have branches closing every day. Applebee’s, Outback Steakhouse and Joe’s Crab Shack have all faced cutbacks in the past year. And apparently, it’s all our fault.

A lot of millennials prefer a home cooked meal or like to spend their money at small businesses. Even here in Franklin, many students prefer to go to Benjamin’s for lunch rather than a chain restaurant.

There’s also the convenience factor that appeals to millennials. Ordering delivery or going somewhere where food will be made quickly can be more appealing than sitting down at a restaurant and waiting a long time for food.

The death of chain restaurants can’t only be contributed to millennials. Fast food organizations are growing, taking business away from sit-down restaurants. According to the Washington Post, the fast food industry has grown by 550 percent since 1999.

Millennials are entitled and privileged.

A lot of the older generations like to say millenials want everything handed to them, but really, we just want to be able to afford things and not work our lives away to pay bills.

According to Pew Research, millennials are the first generation to have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty, unemployment and lower levels of wealth and personal income. So of course millennials are going to complain about not being able to afford things. That doesn’t mean we don’t think we should have to work for what we want.

Millennials get blamed for a lot.

But millennials aren’t the problem with the world; we just happened to be born into these problems, and we’re doing our best to get by, just like any other generation.


The Franklin staff believes millennials are more valuable than the stereotypes lead people to believe. 

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