April 14, 2024

I am a Millennial, and I love every part of it.

The Atlantic defines a Millennial as someone who was born after 1982 and approximately 20 years thereafter. The Atlantic, the online publication that inspired this piece, is the same publication that claimed “we can all agree that Millennials are the worst,” and published an article recently titled, “Why Do Millennials Hate Groceries?” In fact, searching the word Millennials on The Atlantic’s search engine results in several articles similar to the aforementioned. “Why Millennials Aren’t Buying Houses,” “Most Millennials Reject the Term ‘Millennial,’” “Millennials: $2000 Poorer Than Their Parents at the Same Age,” and my favorite, “Confirmed: Millennials’ Top Financial Concern Is Student-Loan Debt,” are among the top results.

I, a grocery-loving Millennial who cannot afford a house because of the heightened cost of tuition — much different than the cost in 1982 when my parents were in college — have to disagree with you. This generation is not as bad as you make us out to be.

Why, The Atlantic, do you lump all Millennials into the same category? While some in the generation give us a bad name, is it fair to assume all Millennials, including those born in 1982, are the same as the ones born in 2004? Please do not.

“Although it is always emotionally satisfying to blame young people for wrecking the world order, the shift in Millennial food preferences is not exclusive to Millennials,” Derek Thompson writes in his Groceries article.

Mr. Thompson, if the shift in food preferences is not exclusive to Millennials, why is it in your headline?

Millennials are currently the most educated generation in American history. This resulted in the demand for college degrees in the workforce, something not necessarily needed in previous generations. Millennials are choosing to get married later and stay married, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more accepting of interracial marriages, according to a survey done by the PEW Research Center, and smoking habits among this generation are at an all-time low.

I know everyone loves to hate Millennials because it’s “trendy,” but no one can give me a clear reason why. I didn’t ask to be born between 1982 and 2004. What I do ask from you, The Atlantic, is to stop assuming things of all Millennials. Forbes declared Millennials as the best generation of workers in U.S. history because of our adaptability, and that is pretty neat. While I can agree in some instances that Millennials have a weird way of doing things, do not assume all Millennials are terrible.

That isn’t nice.

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