This only scratches the surface of our crime spree
I don’t think that I’m alone in my confusion about the continued use of “Millennials Ruining/Killing/Murdering/Ghosting [insert industry here]” as a headline. It’s a truly mystifying trend that equates natural shifts in the social and economic landscape with detrimental changes to the moral fabric of society. And all of these claims are made even when we are talking about inconsequential things like the decline of napkin sales.
Yeah, I know.
If you think that’s a ridiculous article, get ready—here’s a look at a bunch of things (big and small) that millennials have been accused of ruining for the rest of the world.
“How Millennials Ruined Democracy”
By John Grinspan, The Atlantic, July 30, 2016
Somehow this headline made it through to publication despite the fact that the article is about something else entirely: Young voter apathy as a trend through the ages. The article even goes back to a 1909 quotation about the disengagement of young voters and their disenchantment with the democratic process. I guess that’s not a sexy or interesting enough topic on its own, so they slapped a millennial-blaming header on it and called it a day.
“Millennials Are Killing The Golf Industry”
By Mallory Schlossberg, Business Insider, July 1, 2016
Apparently, we don’t golf enough? And that was headline worthy?
I don’t know why this is surprising to anyone. Golf is a game played solely by businessmen to impress their clients. I mean, according to similar articles we’re lazy and have no jobs, so why would we play golf? We have no clients to impress.
“Millennials Are to Blame for America’s Vacation Problem”
By Christopher Tkaczyk, Travel+Leisure
First, of all—I didn’t know we had a vacation problem, so in that sense this is news, kind of. The article basically asserts that millennials want to be seen as “work martyrs,” so we let our vacation days go to waste, thus killing travel and vacation.
Oh, really? I wonder why that is. Maybe because we’re scared to death of losing the only “entry level” jobs that we could find that didn’t require five years of experience.