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Millenials Care About Politics Too

Updated on September 4, 2016

It is true that not every millennial cares about politics, but it is unfair to brand them all as ignorant on the subject. With the internet being such a big part of the average millennial's life, it would be hard for them to not know about what it going on in the world. Whether it be a scandal about a presidential nominee or a controversy about how many immigrates were let in to the United States in the past year, we millennials have a pretty sturdy grasp of what is in the news. Now, that being said, I'm not going to sit here and act like I know everything, either because I don't.

I am going to be completely honest with you and tell you that I hardly ever watch the news on TV. I get all my news from the internet. Whether it be from The New York Times, The Huffington Post, or even sometimes Buzzfeed, it all comes from the internet. I still learn everything (and most of the time more) that is said on the news. In fact, that's how most millennials are. They read articles or watch short videos of news feed online and still get all the same information that older people get.

So why is it that we are looked down upon for it? Why is it assumed that we have no idea what is going on in the presidential race? Can't we listen to Drake and watch The Walking Dead on our phones and still know what Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand for? (Although, let's be honest: know one knows what Trump is for anymore since his stances change every two days.)

I know what you are thinking right now. You're thinking "Sure, you feel this way now, but in thirty years YOU will be the one saying that the twenty year olds have no idea what's going on in the world." And as much as I want to be able to tell you that I won't say that, I can't. As much as I want to be able to tell you that the twenty and thirty years olds now are much more open-minded, I can't. This is because people change. Who knows what I'll be like in thirty years. I could have the exact same views and opinions as I do now, but it is far more likely that I won't and this is true of every other millennial out there.

So, all I am saying is think back to when you were younger. Think back to when you were twenty and how differently (or possibly similarly) you thought about the world then. Try to remember how much you knew about politics and social issues and imagine how much more you would know if the internet was as prevalent as it is now. Treat those millennials like they know what you would've known when you were their age. They might just surprise!

So, what do you think?

Does the average millennial know enough about politics to vote in the 2016 election?

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      CJ Kelly 18 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Bravo for this article. I'm not a millennial, but I think they get a bad rap. I always have to caution my fellow Gen Xers (and baby boomers) that it's the millennials who have done most of the fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. They responded to the call. So we need to stop calling them "lazy." Also, the ranks of the police and fire departments are filling up with millennials. Public service is increasing in that generation.

      Good job. Keep up the good work. I'm sharing everywhere to help spread the word.