Born into the Millennial generation, I can’t say I truly fit all the traits falling beneath this generational code. Generational traits are often spread through a blanketed approach for anyone falling beneath the allotted birth years. But what happens when generations are decades stretched apart, especially in modern times when life itself changes by the year, nevermind the attitudes and attributes of generations?
You’re categorized with people who share no common traits, attributes, morals, or ethics.
The differences between 1980’s Millennials and 1990’s / 2000’s Millennials are unnerving. Through working with teenagers and having unfortunate forced societal interactions with younger Millennials, the one word that comes to mind at the end of the interaction: horrified. Horrified for how children are being raised, and horrified for our country’s future.
Instead of accepting this conglomerate of Millennials, I prefer to view the Millennial generation as cutting off at 1989. For children born 1990 and forward, welcome the Snowflake Generation. Where every child is so unique and special that society should kiss the ground they walk on just for existing. And what would a new generation be without advice from the previous generation?
1. Watch your god damn manners. And I mean this in the most loving way possible. My experience with Snowflakes is typically rude encounters. Screaming outside neighbors’ windows for days on end, crossing in the middle of a 45 mph road and then screaming ‘fuck you’ to the cars screeching on their brakes, telling adults no to safety matters, cussing at adults and authority figures, and a general rudeness that oozes from their pores. You can’t automatically blame the Snowflakes, per se, but what happened to common sense? No one told me to watch my manners, I simply did it because it was the right thing to do. And it was expected.
2. Your profile pictures are pedophiles’ dreams, not “hot”. I have to ask: where are the parents in all this? My mother would have kicked my ass straight back over the self-respect line if I had ever taken, nevermind posted, pictures that are typical for Snowflakes on social media sites. Half of the pictures make adults sick to their stomachs, and the other half of the pictures are entertainment time for the pedophiles doing ten to twenty years at your local prison. Think wisely.
3. Put down your phone and step into real life.Studies and reports are coming out that the Millennial generation is one of the loneliest. Upon reading these studies, my automatic reaction? No shit. By living your entire life through online communication, you have no social skills whatsoever. Bullying has become an epidemic and underage girls are sharing their private parts with internet strangers via Chat Roulette. Put your tweets, twits, and tw*ts away — focus on forming a normal social life out in society. You know, where the sun shines and birds actually do tweet.
4. You’re not special and neither are snowflakes. As much as your coddling, helicopter parents have embedded in your mind that you are so special and unique, just like a snowflake, watch out for reality to hit. Snowflakes aren’t unique and neither is any living human on this earth. Do you honestly believe no one in the entire existence of this world has been like you, or had the same traits? You’ll have to excuse adults when we don’t stop everything we’re doing, at work or home, to be amazed by your entrance into a room.
5. Find a real role model. Most Snowflakes’ role models? The rehab-before-18 celebrities that troll the covers of teen magazines. I hate to break this fairytale as well, but any adult could slice your role model in two with just a sprinkle of intellect and honesty. Your special Biebs who you adore so much? A monkey-thieving, reckless driving, train wreck following in the footsteps of Amanda Bynes, and headed straight to a special episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. Coming soon to a theater near you!