1ENC 1143 09 March 2017 Millennial Stereotypes I am an entitled, lazy, and commitment-fearing young adult that is ruining this country. At least that is what a lot of older generations think of me and my, “Millennial,” generation. It is such a prevalent debate in society today that there are several social experts that analyze the behaviors of Millennials to see why they act they way they do and if the stereotypes are justified. In doing research and interviewing my peers about the stereotypes surrounding Millennials, I have come to find that the stereotypes of entitlement, laziness, and fear of commitment are not only the most popular, but widely inaccurate. The leading stereotype labeling Millennials is entitlement. It is common to hear that Millennials expect things to be handed to them. Entitlement, however, is not the fault of the Millennial generation, itself. Simon Sinek, an author who holds the number three spot in leading TED Talk presentations of all time, says in an interview about Millennials that entitlement is a result of, “failed parenting strategies.” He goes on to say that, growing up, Millennials were told they were special, and they can have anything theywant in life. They are given participation trophies, whether winners or losers, at theparents’ demand. They are told to shoot for the moon and settle for nothing less.Later on, in the real world, they find out they are not special at all. In short,Millennials were raised to be entitled.“Failed parenting strategies,” may be seen as a scapegoat, but I have to agreethat a majority of Millennials were conditioned to be entitled. In my own upbringing,
2I was told a college education was the only way to attain a respectable job, and thata low-level job like a grocery store clerk, or a restaurant server, was the equivalentof failure. My first time in college was a personal disaster, and I remember feelingterror when contemplating telling my parents that I wanted to leave to join theNavy. I did not want to be looked down upon. Even now, being in college for asecond time, I struggle with, “lowering myself,” by getting a part-time job waitingtables. I do not want to be labeled as another adult Millennial who failed to land amore stable job. In my situation, like many other Millennials, I was built up tobelieve that a college degree and a high-paying job were the only ways to beconsidered successful. So being brought up with high expectations, and shying awayfrom the judgment of failure, I may objectively seem entitled.
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