MILLENIALS WRECK ENTIRE WORLD: NEWS AT 11
You know, that’s something I’m growing tired of reading and hearing. All my children qualify as millenials, according to the “official” dating system for these types of things. And correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure none of them (or their friends) have ruined life as we know it for all future generations.
As is the case for almost anything these days, if there is blame to be placed, it will be pointed in a direction other than ourselves. Millenials have become a convenient scapegoat for anything that is wrong or heading toward going wrong, and they’re getting tired of it . . . much like our former president probably was weary of hearing, “Thanks, Obama,” every time something went amiss in the world . . . and much like “It’s Trump’s fault!” has gotten old, fast.
Every so often I have eye-opening conversations with my kids. We don’t agree on much when it comes to social issues, politics, and a multitude of other topics, but then again . . . sometimes we do. And the funny thing about that is that many times we appear to disagree on things we actually agree on, because our reasons why and our approach are polar opposite.
One of the things we do agree on is the millenial-bashing and how we’re sick of it. A recent article I read with yet another *yawn* list of things millenials are killing actually had me laughing to myself. Here’s a portion of the list—basically, the ones that made me laugh hardest:
- casual-dining restaurants (like Buffalo Wild Wings or Applebee’s)
- big-name beer
- paper napkins
- light yogurt
- liquid fabric softener
You know why I laughed at these? Because . . . wait for it . . . they’re STUPID. This is the dumbest portion of one of the dumbest lists so far. Casual dining restaurants have come to be known as reheated “plastic food” (my husband’s term for it) that isn’t fresh or good for you in any way. Craft beers with full flavors and seemingly infinite varieties are replacing the “big beer” industries that have, for years, put out a yellow-colored, carbonated blecch. Paper napkins? Don’t even get me started on what a waste of money those are. The article mentions (with a tone of astonishment) that millenials buy paper towels instead because they’re more versatile. Light yogurt is full of chemicals to replace natural sweetener, and people who are health-conscious have moved toward the protein-rich, natural Greek yogurt instead. In the same vein, traditional breakfast cereal is one of the most un-filling, empty meals you can start your day with. And consumable, chemical-filled fabric softener is easily replaced with (cheaper, simple) white vinegar or wool balls (no replacements needed).
I’m not known as a tree-hugger, but I don’t like to waste money, resources, or anything else, for that matter. Guess what? Millenials (and the younger generation overall) don’t have money to waste, and are often watching the older generation as they struggle through lack of retirement money, high-interest mortgages, failing health due to poor eating habits, overwhelming debt, and more. Why wouldn’t they want to change things for themselves? If we learn from experiences, hoping to base our decisions on what we see around us, and they don’t like what they see (my oldest often refers to “crippling debt” as a huge nope for him), they have the right to not follow that path.
The Business Insider (online) post from August 20 that I read mentions that millenials will often spend their money on experiences like traveling, rather than designer-label clothing. And this is somehow a bad thing? I think our priorities are screwed up . . . which is why the millenials see no reason to continue down the road of their parents or grandparents in so many of these areas. Maybe the anger toward them is based not on the things they’re supposedly wrecking, but the fact that they’re shining a floodlight on our own poor choices and we don’t like admitting that we’ve made so many.
Obama Trump millenials.