Why do people hate Millennials so much?
First things first, what or rather who are the Millennials? Millennials is a term used to refer to people who have been born between the early 80s to the mid-1990s to early 2000s. While there are no definite dates, these are just a rough estimate. Officially, Millennials are a demographic group that follows Generation X, and hence, they are also often referred to as Generation Y. However, the term Millennials is just more catchy then Generation Y.
Millennials have garnered a bad reputation over the years. They are labeled as being entitled, lazy, narcissistic, sheltered, and a ton of other synonyms. These labels have especially been applied by the Baby Boomers and the Gen X, i.e. the parents of the Millennials. Ask any Baby Boomer or Gen X, and they’ll start a rant on how and why they hate Millennials. Yet neither will openly admit that their generation has raised Millennials, and hence may have a hand in developing some of the same traits that they hate. But why is it that they hate Millennials in the first place?
Well turns out they don’t, or rather they don’t have a problem with Millennials individually, but rather in what they represent. And that is change. It is no secret that Millennials are different than the Baby Boomers or the Gen X. The world is also quite different from the heyday when Baby Boomers and Gen X ruled the world. Their time is passed and now it is time for the new generation to take over, while would be the Millennials, and the Gen X just can handle that.
Change is never easy. It is hard and difficult, so much so that we as humans on a whole tend to run from it and avoid accepting is as much as possible. And if that is not possible, we throw a tantrum on how much change sucks and how hard life is. This is true of every person, ok they may not throw a hissy fit, but that does not mean that they will accept change gracefully, and that is exactly what is happening with the Baby Boomers and Gen X. Their time is up and it is the time for the Millennials to rise, but most Baby Boomers and Gen X just can’t accept that change, which is why a number of them refuse to even retire. They would rather keep working than let a Millennial take their place.
This is a natural phenomenon. Older siblings will hate and complain about their younger siblings, even if they secretly love them. Parents will complain about how their children got everything easy and hence take it for granted, without accepting that they are the ones who over indulged their children in the first place. Ask your grandparents, and they are bound to say the same thing about your parents. It is the circle of life; the older generation will complain about the younger generation.
As much as the Baby Boomers and Gen X complain about Millennials, they have forgotten that they got the same flak from their previous generations. The Silent Generation, i.e. people born between mid-to-late 1920s and early-to-mid-1940s hated and complained about the Baby boomers, i.e. people born between early-to-mid 1940s and from 1960 to 1964. I believe they called then, ‘those damn hippies.’ The Baby Boomers in turn hated and complained about Generation X who they often characterized as slackers or hip hoppers and junkies listening to gurge music. Now, it is the turn of the Millennials, with their hipster looks and No Shave November beards, and their Instagram trends.
People hate things that they don’t understand and particularly if they don’t like. This trend has been passing on through the generations, with the previous generation complaining about the style of clothes the new generations wear, the music they listen, and the activities they like to go for fun. There is nothing wrong with these clothes, music or activities, but just because they are different than what they grew up with or what they like, they are wrong, inappropriate, or even downright disgusting to some.
However, don’t worry, Millennials are already carrying on this tradition of hate by hating Generation Z. Generation Z follows Generation Y, i.e. Millennials. This is the generation unofficially called the Beliebers, regardless of the fact they are fans of Justin Bieber or not. See, Millennials are already labeling and characterizing Generation Z, similar to what Gen X did to them.