There seems to be a serious attempt on the internet to blame millennials for literally everything. We’ve been accused of not being able to afford houses because we buy far too much avocado on toast, yet apparently we’ve also ruined brunch.
Blaming millennials seems to have become a genuinely popular trend. So to save your parents/grandparents time thinking about various ways they can blame us for the shortfalls of society, we’ve rounded up a neat little list so that they can refer to it whenever the need arises.
The Housing Market
As suggested before, we have apparently changed the face of how to live, becoming generation rent instead of buying houses outright. Of course, it was an active decision we all made to crash the economy in 2008 – when I was 14 and more bothered about how much eyeliner I was going to wear than mortgages – so it seems only fair that the blame falls squarely upon us.
We’re currently boggling the minds of retailers because we don’t go shopping in the way that they expect us to: i.e the way everyone did 10 years ago. Online shopping is more popular and going to shopping centres isn’t really the social thing it was before – and y’know, we’re broke. We prefer a style of life instead of specific commodities, so retailers are freaking out – plus, it’s not like older people do online shopping at all, right?
Simultaneously the Traditional 9-5 and Holidays
Yep, you read that right. According to Forbes, we are responsible for destroying the 9-5 because we are more invested in job flexibility (we’re keen at sitting at a desk for more than half of our lives and are more likely to freelance than any other generation) and want what we do to matter. We’re also not keen on taking holidays because we feel guilty about taking time off, making us ‘Work Martyrs’ – so, we want to work hard and we won’t stand for one of the crappiest parts of having a job? How dare we.
Traditional forms of capturing an image of yourself
I am of course, referring to the selfie. That terrible thing that demonstrates narcissism within a generation and shows that we’re all just, like, totally obsessed with how we look and have nothing else rattling around in our entitled little brains. I personally blame Steve Jobs, that bastard was a genius – we all remember the difficulty of trying to take a selfie on a standard camera.
Slurs and inequality
Again, how dare we? We’re labelled the most entitled generation and ‘snowflakes’ because we understand that words have an impact and we’d like people to have an understanding of that impact. We’d also quite like you to be nice to everyone regardless of their background, thanks.
According to pretty much everyone, we’ve destroyed the traditional, sit-down-and-get-to-know-each-other way of dating. While that’s kind of true with apps like Tinder and Bumble and Grindr, we still do the face to face thing. We’re just broke as fuck, so we’d much rather filter out the irritating people we don’t want to waste 20 quid on before we get to that stage. Plus, I’m pretty sure there’s a cultural divide here: maybe Americans like to do the sit down meal, but I’m pretty sure a British first date has always been getting shit-faced down the pub.
… And Face-to-face interaction
This one will come as no surprise to anyone who’s ever had to listen to old people moan about young people Apparently, we’re more likely to stare at our phones and scroll through social media than interact with the humans around us; which is totally true when I’m on a tube full of strangers. But when I’m sitting down with my friends I tend not to stare at my phone, and it’s not exactly something that’s exclusive to millennials. Have you seen middle-aged people on their phones? If there’s a criticism to be levelled, they’re just as bad.
Ultimately though, whenever someone criticises millennials, it’s because we’re in the spotlight more than any other generation has been and the baby boomers can see what we say and what we think but they’re confused by it. As a result, the articles and the general complaining about us multiply because everyone has their opinions on why we act the way we act – instead of just asking us.