Kids these days
There are nearly 73 million millennials living in the United States today. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, this generation is set to surpass Baby Boomers in 2019. And as you’ve almost certainly heard by now, Millennials ruin everything.
Defined as those reaching adulthood in the early 21st century (i.e. those born roughly between 1982-2004, depending on whom you ask), Millennials have been called “the next Great Generation,” but they’ve also been blamed for just about everything that’s wrong with the world today.
Why is it that older people generally love blaming younger people for the world’s problems? Perhaps it’s because so many young people tend to be fairly ageist, disregarding and othering their elders as archaic or useless. Really, it’s a pretty pathetic cycle repeated on both ends of the age spectrum, but never has it been stronger than in our interconnected world today when everyone has the ability to share their behavior and other people have the ability to voice their reaction to it.
If you fall into the age group of being a Millennial—whether or not you think you act like one—you’ve probably been blamed for some abstract problem or another. Millennials of Reddit were asked to share the most ridiculous things they’ve been accused or ruining or killing, and their answers show just how absurd these claims truly are.
People come and go so quickly here
I was walking down the hallway at work and overheard “The thing with Millennials is they come and go whenever they want. How are we supposed to schedule a meeting when they refuse to have set hours?” As a Millennial, I still work 8-5 like everyone else in the office. It was oddly specific, but generally incorrect. Maybe he was talking about an intern that’s still in school? (liquid_ice56)
“Millennials think the world owes them something and are always expecting a handout!” I work in social media for a food company. The only people who message and email us asking for free samples and products are firmly aged 40+. (BringTheNoise92)
When I did tech support for one of Australia’s largest ISPs (in escalations – they only got to me if they actually had a legit problem, and not just forgot to turn the f***ing computer on), I interacted with literally thousands of customers across a range of demographics (shown on their profile by age, as a form of identification), and distinct age-based patterns began to emerge. Once you had resolved the issue, the different generations would typically respond like so:
1) The Greatest Generation: “Oh, thank you so much for your time and patience with a silly old duffer like me! I really can’t keep up with all this technology.”
2) Baby Boomers: “About fucking time. Now what am I getting in compensation for this inconvenience? I want you to put me through to complaints/a manager!”
3) Gen X: “Ah, there we go… back online. That’s great, have a good one.”
4) Millennials: “Oh thank God. Thanks for getting it working. So how much do I have to pay for this fix? Nothing? Seriously? Damn, thanks!” (Transientmind)
I was touring an apartment and the landlord apologized that there was no cable hookup. I told him that was no problem – I don’t really watch tv anyway.
His whole demeanor changed and he just grumbled “guess that’s another thing you millennials don’t do.”
And on that day I learned that people will complain about literally anything. (Primalacarne)
Sorry your crappy apartment suits me just fine? (NotReallyMaeWest)
I only like it when my tenants don’t enjoy living here (treemister1)