Opinion

May the Odds Be in Our Favor

HALEY ARMSTRONG

COPY EDITOR

   Millennials – the generation that programs such as SNL love to hate. The media adores heckling at our “entitlement,” at our “self-absorption.” For a while, I caught onto the virus which consumed my consciousness and corrupted my confidence. To be honest, I was embarrassed to be part of my generation not because of the people born alongside me in this era, but because of the mocking that comes along with being part of the “Me Generation.” Fine, a lot of us like our phones and the amenities that come with them. So what? Do we deserve to be the laughing stock of the era? All we are doing is trying to survive in this cutthroat, competitive world.

  Instead of stereotyping millennials, try to start a conversation with one of them–it won’t be too difficult, considering we are the most educated and largest generation at over 85 to 90 million people in the U.S. Okay, the greeting. There is already a stark difference in dialect. “Worried and tired” is the most popular response to the question, “How are you?” Millennials are reporting the highest levels of clinical anxiety, stress, and depression than any other generation at the same age, according to Psychology Today. Look at what position we are in: we are either going to or already have joined the workforce, and we are looking to apply for college. Honestly, it feels like the world does not want us. Forty percent of unemployed workers are millennials, according to the U.S. Census. There are also more applicants and more requirements to get accepted, yet less space, according to every single college. Healthcare, housing, and education are more than five times more expensive than they were for our parents. So yeah, we aren’t being overdramatic. We are absolutely frightened. Why do you think that the Hunger Games was such a big hit? It’s because we are living in Panem, battling against unemployment, housing, education, and mostly ourselves. Millennials are the most competitive generation: 59 percent of them said that competition is “what gets them up in the morning,” while “58 percent said that they compare their performance with their peers,” according to a survey of 90,000 American employees at CEB Inc.

  We’re all struggling, yet we all want to appear like we are soaring. The social media disease emanates from this destructive pride. Millennials use social media to “brag” or project an image that we can only dream of being a reality. Filters, edits, and captions change a picture to the point where “happiness” seems like a purchased setting. Maybe we are so “social-media-oriented” because it is the only aspect of our lives that we can control. We can choose our pictures or our “good sides.” Blips are simply not accepted in these times.

No beings should be ridiculed. We’re not entitled; we’re not achievement-oriented automatons. Stop making fun of us. What else are we supposed to do when we are dropped in an acid-filled pool? All animals have to adapt. Honestly, we millennials are just trying to survive in this Hunger-Game-inspired world.