I may be a little late the the party, but over the last few months I have really started to read a lot about the millennials. I had assumed that the ‘millennial’ definition encapsulated those people 20 years and younger. So you can imagine my shock when I found out that I was part of this newly formed generation. As far as I was aware, I had always been a Gen Y, better known to those older humans as the beginning of the end of civilised society.
From my not so comprehensive reading on the topic, it seems that there are several main connotations associated with the so called millennials. Firstly, apparently we all eat avocado on toast. I’m told that this is bad because it costs a decent amount of money to buy this from cafes and is leading to a world wide shortage of avocados. As a reluctant millennial, it has to be known that I do not like avocado and prefer banana on my toast. Secondly, surely we should be encouraging young people to eat more fresh fruit and healthy fats instead of purchasing processed foods. Lastly, why are we complaining about a habit/trend that is ultimately supporting small, local businesses. It’s not like the coffee that people buy from multi million dollar companies. They are supporting independently own cafes and restaurants.
And apparently millennials don’t want to save money for a house, instead they want to travel and spend on experiences. Now, and correct me if I am wrong here, it is not a new development for young people to want to remain at home for longer. We all remember those 80’s and 90’s movies with the loser who lives in his parent’s basement. And the child that moves back home when their relationship ends. The difference is that modern young people do stay home for a longer period of time but they are generally contributing to wider society. I know many a young nurse who still lives at home, has her mum make her food and parties like crazy. They contribute to the household with rent and don’t mope around all day. Maybe the problem is not that younger people want to stay at home but maybe that their parents do not enforce boundaries and explain expectations when it comes to moving out.
Without going into my full rant, my final peeve is ‘millennial pink’. Millennial pink. Millennial pink. I’ll just say it again, millennial pink. It’s a colour that has been around for more than one season, longer than the existence of the word ‘millennial’. So did it have no name or was it renamed in honour of some of the people who buy it? Are we naming everything invented by a millennial after the generation? I haven’t heard of Baby Boomer blue, the Gen XD (instead of compact disc) or the Gen Yphone. And is it just me or does the name imply that it is a colour for young people and that if older people wear it then they are trying to act younger? I personally disagree with the connotations associated with naming this colour after a generation.
I guess, I tend to become defensive when society attempts to label an entire generation. Like when people try to say that P platers are bad drivers. No, they are generally inexperienced drivers. It’s people in their 30s/40s/50s (who cause accidents) that are actually bad drivers. Every generation goes through trends and fads and every time they are labelled as stupid or bad for society. So the point of this post is to ask people to give us millennials a chance and not judge us as the media would. Just watch as we better this world with our technology, activism and contributions to society. You won’t be disappointed.