The Millennial Generation
If you are someone coming into young adulthood in the 2000s chances are you've heard the term "Millennial." It was either hurled at you in disgust from a disgruntled baby boomer, or by that neighbor who seems to think any one handy with a smartphone is the cause for the end of the world. It's pretty safe to say that Millennials have some decent advantages over their predecessors. For one, they have the luxury of being able to "find themselves" and aren't held down by societal norms as much as the generations before us. Society may refer to you as "spoiled" or "entitled" but say what you want we've learned a thing or too from the mistakes of the generations past. On average we're marrying later, smoking significantly less than prior generations, and are coming into adulthood as the tech leaders of the last millennium.
Older generations may have a skewed misconceptions of Millennials. They either think Millennials know it all or are too busy with their smartphones to pay attention to the world around them. While some of this may be true, Millennials have been proven to also be more eco-friendly to the environment and adopt a healthier holistic lifestyle compared to past generations. This in turn brings up an important question. Where do Millennials stand as a generation? It is estimated that Millennials will suffer a higher amount of stress than the generations before. Factors that contribute to the stress will be mostly finances and unemployment related. The country's overall economic downfall will seem to hit us the hardest but that doesn't mean we won't cook up any fresh new ideas to generate income.
Despite some of the obstacles Millennials will face we have proven ourselves to be quite adaptable at making the best out of any current situation. So what if some of us have wasted four years on a useless art degree, or if a quarter-life crisis is making you anxious and ready to live on top of a mountain. Every generation goes through the struggle of finding themselves so what's so different about Millennials?