22 Things About Our Generation

22 Things About Our Generation

Some people don't want to hear it but these are very real things!
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The world today is so much different than it was 50, 20 or even five years ago. Everything is constantly changing right under our noses, and we fail to see the changes being made. When I was a toddler, I remember playing with toys like Barbies and Hot Wheels or even the swing set out back, but in today's society toddlers are paying on iPhones and tablets. I listen to my parents and grand parents talk about the things that they did when they were young, and it just amazes me how much things have changed. I can't tell you how many times I have heard my grandma saying "we weren't allowed to come inside until the street lights came on"! Today, if a parent chooses to spank their child it is seen as abuse or neglect when a decade ago it was a normal thing for parents to do to their children as a method of punishment. I believe that our generation is smart and has the opportunity to do great things, don't get me wrong, I do believe that we are becoming numb, to certain situations and I think that we are approaching a time that will be revolved around technology.

1. We have trouble with face to face interactions.

I mean think about it. What do you do when you get nervous or feel awkward? You use your phone to get yourself out of the situation whether it is needing to take a fake phone call to have the excuse to leave the room or just scrolling through social media. Can you remember the last time that you shook someone's hand or looked someone in the eyes and had a conversation with them?

2. We need to take the time to stop and smell the roses.

We are always going and going like we have this need to hurry. But why?

3. Instead of giving your children a tablet or a video game send them outside and teach them throw a football or hit a baseball.

Spending quality time with your children is so important for them and their development and yes, it is okay to play a video game every once in a while but they need fresh air too! When you were growing up did you sit in front of the computer or TV all day? I don't think so!

4. Our focus is on the future instead of the present and one day we will look back and think where has the time gone.

We never seem to just want to take a walk in the park or relax we are always too busy to take a minute to take a second and be in the present.

5. We are lazy because we have everything at the touch or click of a button.

Smart phones! Hello! We want something to eat, okay! Just get on the pizza app and order one without even having to move off of the couch. Needing to check your bank account? Don't worry, there is an app for that!

6. We expect everything, but are actually willing to work for very little.

We expect to be billionaires some day. We all want to be rich and famous while having killer bodies but come on now, I don't think that laying in your bed watching Netflix is going to get you there.

7. We are more worried about "me" than "we," which is why we are called the "me" generation.

I want this, I need this, I am hungry, I love that! Me, me, me, me, me! How about we take the time to help the old man crossing the street or help that girl pick up her books that she dropped?

8. We are impatient. When we want something, we want it right that second. We get upset if we have to wait for it.

I just ordered a package two hours ago, and I can't believe it isn't here yet.

9. We are spoiled, and we think that we are entitled to things.

Well I mean I am alive right? So the world totally owes me.

10. We seek recognition for the dumbest things.

Hey Mom, look, I threw my trash in the trash can. Do I get a gold star now? Well, do you know that when our parents and grandparents were younger they had these things called chores, and that they were expected to babysit their siblings? Crazy right?

11. We get offended when someone criticizes us, instead of using it to better ourselves.

We think that our ideas are the best ideas, and that what we do is the best. We should actually be using the criticism as a tool to help us better ourselves.

12. We live in a time where "time outs" have replaced spankings.

When a parent spanks their kids in this day and age people call it child abuse and make a huge deal of it, but when our parents and grandparents they got much worse that just a spanking. Years ago, parents would use belts and paddles to punish their kids. In my own personal opinion, I believe that is why the older generations today are more respectful. We are go too easy on our children because sometimes time out just isn't enough.

13. If we are not told what we want to hear we throw a fit.

Not everything that comes out of someone's mouth is going to be exactly what you want to hear. I think just like criticism we need to use this to our own advantage.

14. We are afraid to stand out and be a leader, because we are too busy worrying about what everyone else is going to do.

I say that if you want to wear bring pink pants and green shoes, then go for it! We are all too afraid of what others are going to say about us to just be ourselves!

15. We blame others for our mistakes.

We never want to be wrong and we get embarrassed when we mess up instead of just admitting our mistakes.

16. We look at "catching feelings" as a bad thing because we think that we are too cool for love, dates and labels.

Our generation is afraid of being judged for being in a relationship or catching feelings which is just a crazy concept to the older generations.

17. We are worried more about parties, drugs and hookups than we are about finding love and making something of yourself!

We don't want to take the time to invest ourselves by falling in love and putting a label on things because we would much rather take the easy way out!

18. We are very quick to judge others for even the silliest of things.

Judging is something that is very easy to do and we do it to make us feel better about ourselves!

19. We live in a generation where everything revolves around how many likes you get on a picture or how many followers you have.

Social media is our generation's big thing. We have to find the perfect filter and the perfect picture because we want to show how popular we are and how many people like us by getting likes on our pictures and posts.

20. When we think about our future everything is "#goals." Relationship goals, outfit goals, millionaire goals, makeup goals, you get the pint.

I think that instead of focusing on what other people do we should focusing on making our own stories and goals because that is what will matter in the end!

21. We don't set out to be different, we set out to be cookie cutters of other successful people that we see, like celebrities and millionaires.

I mean if you think about this then you are basically insulting yourself by wanting to be someone else because that's like saying your not cool enough. So, just be you and do your thing!

22. We want everything! Yes, everything. Even the things that we know we can't afford!

So many people are broke and in debt because they spend beyond their means as a fear of being judged for not having all the nice things that other people have.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Gap Between Knowledge And Action

Let's talk about action. There seems to be a mass phenomenon of disconnect between knowledge and action. Why is it that increased knowledge is not motivating people towards increased action.

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In the world today, there are all sorts of social and political movements. Though society has always been flawed with endless problems, people are more aware of these problems today than ever. The rise of the internet, smartphones, and social media has created a new social climate of awareness as a result of greater interconnectedness. But how is it that the public is growing more aware, yet nothing seems to be changing?

I began really thinking about this perplexity recently, as I listened to a TedTalk discussing global warming. According to public polling from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, 70% of Americans agree that global warming is occurring. But according to the same polling, only 40% of Americans think climate change will affect them personally and are adjusting their lifestyles because of it. This is the gap between knowledge and action. Two-thirds of Americans acknowledge climate change, but only less than half are doing something about it. Something is being lost in translation, but what is it?

This phenomenon extends far beyond climate change though. Poverty. Hunger. Displacement. Lack of access to clean water. Sexual inequality. Like I said earlier, there are an endless array of problems the world faces, and we are more aware of them than ever, but how do we link knowledge and action?

We know that most issues that have risen due to globalization, affect the people who contribute to the problem the least, the most. Global warming is disproportionately affecting those in poverty who can't afford to recover from wildfires in California, stronger hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, or increasingly severe droughts in Syria. People in Flint, Michigan or Karachi, Pakistan lack clean water because of the actions of people far richer than themselves. Is a lack of personal victimization the reason? Is raised awareness and stagnant action a symptom of a bigger issue of lacking compassion or are people just lazy?

As a nineteen-year-old college student, maybe I'm naïve, but I refuse to believe that the U.S. and global, society as a whole is lacking in action because they are lacking in compassion or because third world problems "are not their problems." Philosopher, Christopher Heath Wellman, put it best when saying to "[n]otice how awkward it is to protest that those of us who are privileged cannot be obligated to change the system because we are impotent in the face of its enormity, while simultaneously suggesting that those who are starving to death are entitled to no assistance because they are responsible for the political and economic institutions which led to their ruin" in regards to world hunger.

You may be thinking, "OK but how can I make a difference, as just one person?" What Wellman meant in his quote was that you alone cannot make a difference for people starving in another country, but neither can they. It's only when we come together as a society and commit to action can we overcome these issues. Perhaps this is my Global Studies major speaking, but we are all citizens of the world, not just citizens of the U.S. and we must allow our compassion accordingly. No one has any choice in where, what circumstances, or what society they are born into so to refuse action which would help victims of circumstance would be an ignorant form of elitism.

This problem isn't exclusively on the national and global scale either; everyday people see problems in their personal lives and yet, only a small minority take action. Take, for example, people who stress about procrastination, but never change their time management habits. People who make the same New Year's Resolution every year because they never follow suit. Smokers who want to quit but don't try. Students who complain about poor grades but don't make time to study. Even in our own personal lives, knowledge rarely seems to prompt action.

I don't have an easy fix for this. And I don't hold the solutions to global warming, poverty, hunger, lack of access to clean water, or sexual inequality. But I do know that it doesn't need to be this way. It's often said that recognizing you have an issue is half the battle, the next half is action. Every day, our knowledge of the world and everything which inhabits it is increasing, the time for action is now. If we all, individually, take it upon ourselves to care for one another and work towards a better world, in small ways, I believe that together, we can make anything a reality.

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