Baby Boomers' Christmas List vs. Millennials' Christmas List

Baby Boomers' Christmas List vs. Millennials' Christmas List

2. Rubik's Cube vs. Fidget Spinner

As a Millennial with a Baby Boomer mother, we were talking about the difference in toys that she asked for from Santa growing up compared to what I asked for. I figured, why not make a comparison and see just how much Christmas lists have changed over a generation? So that's exactly what I did!

1. Matchbox Cars vs. Kid's Electric Cars

We went from pushing little cars around that were the size of our palms, to cruising around town with no effort at all, just a couple of batteries.

2. Rubik's Cube vs. Fidget Spinner

We used to spend hours trying to figure out how to be the Rubik's cube, but now we spend hours spinning our fidget spinner.

3. Bicycle vs. Hoverboard

Again, us Millennials and effort, we'd just rather not have to put in any. Why ride a bike and move your legs to pedal when you can stand in place and get somewhere faster?

4. Boombox vs. Bluetooth Speaker

Thank goodness we don't have to lug around giant boomboxes that can only play cassette tapes. Now, we can turn out Bluetooth on and connect it to our cell phone that plays the music through our tiny, portable speaker.

5. Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots vs. Call of Duty

The competitive and violence premise of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots is still intact, it's just now in video game form and replaces fists with a gun.

6. Cabbage Patch Dolls vs. Enchantimals

Dolls are one of those toys that will never go out of style, but the look and features of the doll will only continue to improve!

7. Hardcover Books vs. Kindle

Enough though I am a Millennial, I will never give up a paperback or hardcover book for an electronic version. There's just something about the feeling of the pages in your hands and the smell of a new book that a Kindle can't give you.

8. Atari Playstation vs. iPhone X

Now, the world is at our fingertips instead of having to use a big machine to play a game.

9. Lite Brite vs. Glow in the Dark Paint

I used to love Lite Brites, but now, I think glow in the dark chalk and paint is 10x cooler, so I understand why kids don't ask for lite brites anymore.

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31 Reasons Why I Would NEVER Watch Season 2 Of '13 Reasons Why'

It does not effectively address mental illness, which is a major factor in suicide.

When I first started watching "13 Reasons Why" I was excited. I had struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for a long time and thought this show would be bringing light to those issues. Instead, it triggered my feelings that I had suppressed.

With season two coming out soon, I have made up my mind that I am NEVER watching it, and here is why:

1. This show simplifies suicide as being a result of bullying, sexual assault, etc. when the issue is extremely more complex.

2. It does not effectively address mental illness, which is a major factor in suicide.

3. The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention has guidelines on how to portray suicides in TV shows and movies without causing more suicides.

"13 Reasons Why" disregarded those guidelines by graphically showing Hannah slitting her wrists.

4. It is triggering to those who have tried to commit suicide in the past or that struggle with mental illness.

5. It glorifies suicide.

6. It does not offer healthy coping solutions with trauma and bullying.

The only "solution" offered is suicide, which as mentioned above, is glorified by the show.

7. This show portrays Hannah as dramatic and attention-seeking, which creates the stereotype that people with suicidal thoughts are dramatic and seeking attention.

8. Hannah makes Clay and other people feel guilty for her death, which is inconsiderate and rude and NOT something most people who commit suicide would actually do.

9. This show treats suicide as revenge.

In reality, suicide is the feeling of hopelessness and depression, and it's a personal decision.

10. Hannah blames everyone but herself for her death, but suicide is a choice made by people who commit it.

Yes, sexual assault and bullying can be a factor in suicidal thoughts, but committing suicide is completely in the hands of the individual.

11. Skye justifies self-harm by saying, "It's what you do instead of killing yourself."

12. Hannah's school counselor disregards the clear signs of her being suicidal, which is against the law and not something any professional would do.

13. The show is not realistic.

14. To be honest, I didn't even enjoy the acting.

15. The characters are underdeveloped.

16. "13 Reasons Why" alludes that Clay's love could have saved Hannah, which is also unrealistic.

17. There are unnecessary plot lines that don't even advance the main plot.

18. No one in the show deals with their problems.

They all push them off onto other people (which, by the way, is NOT HEALTHY!!!).

19. There is not at any point in the show encouragement that life after high school is better.

20. I find the show offensive to not only me, but also to everyone who has struggled with suicidal thoughts.

21. The show is gory and violent, and I don't like that kind of thing.

22. By watching the show, you basically get a step-by-step guide on how to commit suicide.

Which, again, is against guidelines set by The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

23. The show offers no resources for those who have similar issues to Hannah.

24. It is not healthy for me or anyone else to watch "13 Reasons Why."

25. Not only does the show glorify suicide, but it also glorifies self-harm as an alternative to suicide.

26. Other characters don't help Hannah when she reaches out to them, which could discourage viewers from reaching out.

27. Hannah doesn't leave a tape for her parents, and even though the tapes were mostly bad, I still think the show's writers should have included a goodbye to her parents.

28. It simplifies suicide.

29. The show is tactless, in my opinion.

30. I feel like the show writers did not do any research on the topic of suicide or mental illness, and "13 Reasons Why" suffered because of lack of research.

31. I will not be watching season two mostly because I am bitter about the tastelessness.

And I do not want there to be enough views for them to make a season three and impact even more people in a negative way.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
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I Didn't Party In College And I Don't Regret It

Partying does not make the college experience.

Movies like “Pitch Perfect,” “Neighbors,” and “American Pie 2” depict college life through the lens of parties and wild nights.

While it is clear that these movies are an exaggeration, college life is still thought of as one big party – full of drinking and crazy behavior.

College students are almost expected to party. It is just assumed that partying is what you do at college.

But, what if you would rather watch Netflix?

I just finished my freshman year of college without going to a single college party. Did I miss out? Not at all.

Believe it or not, college has far more to offer than the party culture.

Plenty of my friends go to parties and I am okay with that. Anyone who wants to go to a party is more than welcome to it. It is just not something I am interested in.

The bottom line is – do what you want with your Friday night. Although anyone is free to take a break from the stress of college with a party, no one should feel pressured to go to a party.

Partying should not be a necessity to college and it should not be something you do just for the sake of checking it off a list of “things you do in college.”

I find it disconcerting that people openly talk about how horrible parties are. Few people seem to actually enjoy this college partying culture. And I have been told more than a few times that a party is something that you cannot enjoy sober. So why go at all?

Why down beer from a keg for a night that no one is going to remember tomorrow just to say you did?

Now, I understand that some people really just like the idea of forgetting about their worries for a couple of hours. Trust me, I do too. We all have different ways of escaping the stresses of life, and that is okay.

But no one should ever feel pressured to go to a party or drink if they do not want to. No one should feel like that is just what you do in college.

Party because you want to. Watch Netflix in your dorm because you need a break from people. Make spaghetti with friends and spend the night talking. College is what you make it – not what other people say it is.

Either way, you are not missing out on “college life.”

Call me a nerd or a rule follower or just plain old boring. Some nights while the girls on my floor went out to party, I stayed up doing homework. Other nights I was in bed before 10. To each his own.

My argument is not that partying is wrong or even that it is not fun for those who participate. But, my hope is that future college students do not party just because that is the norm. My hope is that students do not look down upon others who do not party.

Next year, I will be living in substance free housing. When I talk about it, my first thought is that people will assume I am pretentious and that I look down upon those who party. And, some have assumed that it is not the case at all.

My idea of a fun Friday night is staying up late watching movies with friends. Is it too much to ask to be on a floor with other students who would rather do the same?

There is so much more than partying and I am determined to explore my possibilities. I am so glad that I refused to be dragged into something that I really had no interest in doing. I learned that the best thing for me to do on the weekend is to catch up on sleep or my favorite shows on Netflix or find a new restaurant to try out. I also learned that the best thing for me is not the best thing for everyone else. If a party is your favorite way to spend the weekend, then party on. If not, find something new.

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