It's True: Many Millennials Are Noncommittal

It's True: Many Millennials Are Noncommittal

Hello, our name is the Millennial and we have commitment issues.
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Many Millennials can barely make it through a song without skipping to the next one, let alone make it through a book before picking up another. We can open and close tabs on a computer faster than our grandparents can blink, and don’t even ask us how many apps we currently have open. We get new phones once every year, and we probably changed our majors at least three times in undergrad. We’re the Millennial generation, and we’re noncommittal. Here are five ways this lack of commitment is affecting how we live, or maybe don’t live, our lives.

1. We’re choosing the single life over marriage.

According to an article published by the Pew Research Center, only 26% of our generation is married. When our parents were our age, 36% of them were married. It’s not that Millennials are entirely against marriage, but we don’t like to settle or settle down. We’re opportunists, we believe in carpe diem, and we believe in love, but not at the expense of giving up our lifestyles.

2. Generation Job-Hop

Most of our parents have had the same jobs for 30-plus years, and most of us can barely hold the same job for three. Actually, an article published by Forbes said that 91% of Millennials currently expect to stay at the same job for less than three years. It’s not like we’re getting fired or asked to leave (at least, I hope you’re not), but, as Millennials, we characteristically like to explore other options. We struggle with climbing the ladder, and working our way up. We value jobs that value their employees and offer potential for fast-paced growth. It’s kind of like dating: We’ll just job-hop for a bit until we find “the one” that fits our expectations.

3. The Young and the Restless

Millennials are moving. A lot. According to a study published by CityLab, “mobility peaks around the mid-20s, when roughly 35% of Americans are on the move.” Needless to say, we don’t move alone. We tend to migrate where there’s already an abundance of us, craving a fun-loving city full of youth, opportunity and often a wild bar scene and nightlife (you’ve probably seen by now all the articles highlighting the best cities for Millennials). Millennials see the value in meeting new people and seeing new things, exploring places we’ve never been and finding out what the rest of the world has to offer.

4. The Age of Disaffiliation

Millennials are the unaffiliated, or perhaps, disaffiliated generation. We are generally unattached to politics and religion. As a matter of fact, the Pew Research Center says 50% of Millennials identify as political independents, and 29% say they’re not affiliated with any religion. But, at least we’re leading the way with this latest social trend. Because, don’t get us wrong, it’s not like we dislike being a part of groups and events. Just take social networking, for example. I’ll take affiliation with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter any day.

5. Fear of Ownership

Fewer Millennials are owning homes and buying cars, opting instead to rent apartments and lease vehicles. Again, we like the idea of being unattached. We can move out of rented apartments a lot easier, and get rid of vehicles every time that lease expires, just to get a brand-new car to lease again. We’re even doing this with our cell phones, choosing to purchase plans like AT&T’s NEXT plan, where customers can “lease” a phone for so many months, before trading it in again to get another. More and more companies are catching on to this mentality and creating new programs catered to the Millennial.

Millennials are inherently optimistic about the future and opportunistic, ready to seize the next big thing that comes our way. We don’t want to miss any opportunities that could lead to a better job, introduce us to cool people, or take us somewhere we’ve never been. We love the idea that opportunities are always out there, waiting for us. We’re noncommittal because we have hope, and hopefully, in time, we’ll see the value of commitment, too.

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The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

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Don't Talk Me To Death, Show Me To Death

A quote I've heard for the majority of my life, but what's the lore behind this phrase?

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These words have been spoken to me from both of my parents throughout my life. This phrase has been so frequently used in my life that it still impacts me to this very day. First, let me explain what this saying means. It relates to a long string of excuses or stories that weren't relevant to anything at all. In a much more simpler translation: action speaks louder than words.

When I was in middle school, I was often seen procrastinating in any way I could. Whenever I had a big homework assignment or any tests that I needed to study for, I would always find myself on my phone on YouTube, Twitter, or Instagram. I can remember how mad my parents would get at me. I always had excuses and reasons packed on me, like I'm gonna pass the test, or I've been working for 2-3 hours straight on the project. I always told them that they would have nothing to worry about, but they would always retort with, "Don't talk me to death, show me to death."

When my parents said these words, I automatically knew the pressure was on and that I had their expectations up high. I showed them that I was that confident in myself. If I didn't meet their expectations, I knew I would be in a world of trouble. This phrase has been used so much in my family that it even extends past grades and homework that I received in school. When I was in high school, I had been playing football since kindergarten and been involved with track and field since seventh grade. The phrase "don't talk me to death" alongside these sports allowed me to learn the ethics of teamwork and communication.

Going into further explanation, I always came home from football practice back in the fifth grade telling my parents (especially my dad) all the great things that I had been doing during practice. I would always be congratulated but always told to put my money where my mouth is and show all of that progress on the field. This enabled me to give my 110 percent effort when I was playing sports because yet again I set the expectations of my parents high, and I had planned to meet that goal.

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