Everyone refers to our generation, “the millennials”, as “snowflakes”, the generation that thinks they’re soo special, the generation that received trophies just for participating and the generation that seems to be offended by everything.
Despite these stereotypes, Millennials are actually working harder than ever, and in more college debt with fewer job prospects than previous generations.
I’m sure many older generations will say otherwise, and of course we’ve all heard (and rolled our eyes at) a similar tale of “when I was your age I had to walk uphill both ways to and from school, etc.” from our parents and/or grandparents.
As annoying as this sentiment is, I can’t help but cringe with a mix of jealousy and spite when I see a 11 year old with a newer version of the iPhone than I have. Despite all our supposed privilege, there are some things that our generation struggled with that future generations just will never understand…
14. Sharing is caring…
“Back in my day, we used to all share a single phone at home. What if I wanted call a girl I liked you say? Well I had to call her home and ask her parents to speak with her if they answered.”
13. The days before a few clicks through Google and Wikipedia held all your report information…
“When I was in the first few grades of grammar school, just before my parents got our first dial up modem, I remember doing reports for school with our encyclopedia set. How can you explain an encyclopedia to someone now?!
‘You see, it was a huge set of books – like thirty books – that was so expensive, sometimes people got it as a wedding present.’
‘And it had everything you needed to know about everything?’
‘Well, no, it was curated with only the shit the editors thought was the most important.’
‘What if you needed information about something that wasn’t in there?’
‘You went to the library.’
‘What if the library was far away?’
‘You picked a different topic for your report.'”
12. Kids say the darndest things…
“The other day I told my niece I’m older than YouTube and Google, and she asked if I was also older than the moon. Since when does a four-year-old have such a well developed sense of sarcasm?”