Millennials – Generation Y – 1982 to 2003
Things are changing significantly. The way things used to work in the past is not the same as now because new systems of doing things have been make known to the society. We are the children of the technological revolution, and most of us are better at coping with the extremely fast technological changes than our parents and grandparents are.
However, while we were taught to interact with devices and to think like machines, we forgot how to feel like human beings and we are so disconnected from our hearts.
Open to change
Millennial don’t agree with doing something a certain way just because that’s how it’s always been done. They recognize that the business and technology landscape is constantly changing, and that our ways of working should change with them.
Apologies are out of fashion
With most things happening over texts, emotions are hardly ever shown. For instance, if your significant other is angry/upset with you, texting is normally used to stonewall and/or attack you.
Also, instead of communicating in person and expressing ourselves, we escape reality and send hurtful messages to each other which is an unhealthy way of solving the problem.
The Internet has also made a way for a culture defined by easy insults and no backlash. Behind a keyboard, it is considerably easier to throw an insult at someone and forget about it without dealing with the aftermath than it is to do in real life. As Internet insulters get more comfortable doing this behind the keyboard it becomes easier for them to do it in person without considering, or even recognizing, the effects.
Loving someone doesn’t lead to instant gratification
We live in a time when everything has to be instantly available. We order instant coffees, we cook instant noodles and we even go on instant dates. In a day and age when you can download and order everything with the click of a mouse, it is very tempting to assume that love is just another thing that produces instant gratification.
Unfortunately, that’s not how it works.
There might be the concept of love at first sight, even though this feeling can also be interpreted as a rush of emotions that is caused by an immediate feeling of attraction. Everything has to be instant, but love isn’t.
This generation needs to relearn what love means. The false love that has been promoted by movies and reality TV shows shades the truth on love. The glory of love will never be able to shine without sorting through the mess of real love. It’s just like a diamond. Lots of pressure and heat has to be applied to carbon before it can become a beautiful diamond.
What the Internet has taught humanity transfers into life outside of the Internet. Where people find it relatively easy to follow and unfollow, subscribe and unsubscribe, they find it equally as easy to cut off relationships without considering the repercussions. Good relationships work through good times and tough times. The internet, however, has taught the world that anything and everything can be brought up and closed out of in an incredibly short amount of time including relationships.
We’re becoming even more egocentric
Every individual in the world is egocentric; we all think about our needs and ourselves first and foremost. Whether this is good or bad doesn’t really matter; the world is the way it is. It’s part of human nature. The problem arises when our egocentricity overtakes our ability to feel empathy. As human beings, we have no choice but to live and function within society, within communities of different sizes.
We can’t deal with flaws and look for perfection
Our generation is so obsessed with perfection that we can’t deal with the smallest of flaws.
We’ve been fooled into believing perfection is attainable. It’s not. Never has been, never will be, and yet, we are all looking for that perfect individual. We are all looking to become that perfect individual. Sadly, we’re all going to fail.
We’re goal driven
Our generation is really the first generation to put the focus on the individual, allowing for personal growth and development. It also believes working for ourselves is much better. Having dreams and setting goals are both incredibly important; however, what’s more important is setting the right goals. We need to understand the difference between the things and individuals in our life who hold value and those that do not.
Sadly, this is an area in which our generation is greatly lacking. Most of us put off finding someone to love until after we get the rest of our life together.