A Hopeful Millennial

by outofthesea

People call this generation the millennials —a generation born into technology, introduced in a controversial article in TIME (2013) as lazy, entitled, narcissistic, stunted, and apathetic. This generation lives in an age where information is instantly and constantly at our fingertips, literally. One search on Google for “millennials” returns 9,010,000 hits in 0.20 seconds. There is an ocean of information out here. One could argue that there is perhaps too much of it. Because of the available technology and the supplementary services provided to us by various entities, we can have whatever we want immediately, whether it be a piece of information, a pair of shoes, groceries or whatever else. We can even broadcast ourselves in the same way, through the ever expanding networks of social media, like Twitter, Facebook and the like, and many of us do, utilizing the many hashtags at our hands to get more “likes” and “followers.” This generation finds themselves in the midst of a phenomenon of instant gratification, oversaturated with information. A culture of self-centeredness and obsession with short term gains, seeking some sort of control and affirmation within society, and increasingly losing our sense of self and meaning. We seem to find ourselves undermined by our own way of life, caught up in the culture of busy. Many cry the deterioration of culture into apathy and disintegration of community. Is this true? Are we a generation desensitized, have we become too used to the happenings of the world? Is that why we remain stagnant in overcoming global conflicts of human rights, reacting to climate change, or even changing national policies on things like gun control, and still find ourselves struggling with issues such as race and equal gender rights to this day?

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