It’s hard to get through a slow news day without catching a news story regarding the plight that is Millennials. Millennial are entitled, and narcissistic, and lazy say the mainstream media. Millennials are too bust checking their Facebooks to move out of home!
The problem is that none of that is true. As Matt Bors explains in his hilarious web comic posted to CNN, Millennials are not ruining the world, but instead are victims of an unfair economic society they were born into.
Bors first notes that the fear of Facebook and Twitter zapping the will to achieve from young people is unfounded. The first mirror, Bors notes, was built in 50 AD, thus leading to the rise of narcissism. In 1960, the boomers tried to destroy society via their rock music. Society did not crumble because of any other social trends, and Facebook won’t chance that.
Bors then notes that yes, perhaps Millennials are entitled. In particular, many hard-working college graduates feel entitled to decent-paying jobs so that they can pay off their student loans. However, as Bors also notes, anyone who isn’t a CEO continues to suffer by a lopsided US economy. Former generations continue to eliminate work opportunities for Millennials, and then patronize them as lazy because they can’t support themselves.
All the problems Millennials exhibit are actually responses to an unfair job market. Millennials do not live at home until they’re 27 because it sounds fun; they do it because they’re stuck paying off student debt that someone told them was a great idea to take on when they were still in high school.
Millennials aren’t a problem. Society’s treatment of them is.