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Millennials are NOT the Parasites We are Made Out to Be

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The average news watcher can easily identify a difference in the way the right and the left view millennials. In fact, as a conservative millennial, I can personally say my party is terrible at garnering support from my generation due to an overarching notion that millennials are bottom feeders and they just want mom and dad’s money.

According to the Census Bureau, 30.3% of millennials are living at home. 30.3% of the 83.1 million millennials means roughly 25 million individuals now live at home.

I do not equate living at home to simply living off mom and dad. Current economic conditions and conditions over the last 8 years have been terrible for young professionals and students trying to find employment. You cannot blame millennials for the poor economic policies that have made living on their own extremely difficult, however, many people blame millennial’ bad economic situation on their work ethic.

In fact, according the the study conducted by Project: Time off titled, The Work Martyr’s Cautionary Tale: How the Millennial Experience Will Define America’s Vacation Culture, it found that “nearly half (48%) of Millennials think it is a good thing to be seen as a work martyr (workaholic) by the boss, far outpacing the average (39%), Gen Xers (39%), and Boomers (32%).” This directly contradicts the notion that millennials are the lazy generation. The same study found that “73% percent [of the global population of millennials] report working more than 40 hours a week”. Astonishingly, millennials in the United States reported working 45 hours a week according to the same study.

Another complaint from older generations is that millennial ways of communication (i.e. social media and cell phones) are flawed.

This is a completely and utterly misguided view of the evolution of technology. People who see changing times as flawed do not see the benefit and opportunity such change can bring. For example, campaigns now utilize social media to reach potential voters and companies now use websites such as LinkedIn to gather potential candidates for employment. For example, most “older” individuals see millennial conversation as short and impersonal because of cell phones and social media. However, this form of communication is faster and therefore may speed up the amount of information traveling from person to person and thus make completing tasks more efficient.

According to Mandy Edwards of Millennial CEO, the biggest shift that has occurred has come if the form of the sheer number of people that we can interact with,”. 

While it is true millennial’s conversations may be shorter and less detailed, the number of people millennials can communicate with dwarfs in comparison to older generations. This allows for more frequent conversations with people from much farther distances.

In my opinion, businesses need to concentrate resources on the changing demographics of the workforce. Millennials now outnumber baby boomers. That is a great opportunity and could potentially foster the newest and more efficient model that companies around the world implement.

As seen in the public eye, Republicans have a much harsher and staunch view of millennials. Often times, Republicans bash legislation aimed to help millennials. While I wholeheartedly disagree with free college, a great step forward would have been Republicans acknowledging the work ethic of millennials and suggesting ways in which to help the situation. Rather, we strayed off into the world of participation trophies and “no free lunch” rhetoric. While the left extends their hand with freebies to entice the younger voter, you can’t disagree that at least they are trying. In the next 4 to 8 years, we as Republicans need to stop underestimating the power and ability of

Rather, we strayed off into the world of participation trophies and “no free lunch” rhetoric. While the left extends their hand with freebies to entice the younger voter, you can’t disagree that at least they are trying. In the next 4 to 8 years, we as Republicans need to stop underestimating the power and ability of millennials. We spend vasts amounts of time garnering support from the older generations by focusing on social security and medicare reform, but tend to ignore the growing concerns over college affordability, entrance into the workforce, or things that younger generations are pinning over in their sleep!

Overall, as a millennial, I am slightly biased. But I think this generation has great potential. With a little guidance and advice, millennials could rise above the criticism and succeed like never before. However, the Right needs to start paying greater attention to our generation. Sooner rather than later, we are going to be their largest voting block. This means we as conservatives need to start fostering a relationship now if we hope to win elections in the future.

 

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