Lil Tay And Generation Z

Lil-Tay's Reign Of Terror Is A Wakeup Call For All Gen-Z Delinquents

The youngest flexer on Earth just got real.

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Lil Tay, the youngest flexer on Earth, used to splash social media with dozens of cash-filled and swear-ladened videos, racking up millions of views. An instant celebrity, she showcased her hefty collection of luxury cars, designer clothes and high-end apartments for her 2.3 million followers on Instagram while uploading series of clips on Youtube. However, several weeks ago, the young rebel disappeared completely from social media after her mother, Tina, was allegedly fired from her real-estate position and several leaks emerged of her true alter-ego: her brother.

But why was she such a hit? Why did she deserve to gain worldwide attention?

First, have a glimpse into her world.

Lil Tay and G-Wagon Lil Tay and her $227K G-Wagon

From throwing cash into the air, calling strangers foul names and endorsing selfless materialistic lifestyles, Lil Tay was the queen of delinquent behavior. Her actions became the epitome of humor, and soon, thousands were following in her footsteps. The public soon embraced arrogance and mistreatment with pride. Students recreated her body language as a joke, which soon turned into a habit. This behavior fueled by the growing world of consumerism and publicization creates the ideal environment for Generation-Z to bloom in marred social advocacy. Lil Tay's reign of terror has left a stubborn mark ever since.

The "quick way to get rich" scheme was first exploited after the "catch me outside" girl rose to power on Dr. Phil's episode. She, too, became known for her provoking catch phrases and acrimonious actions.

Similarly, Lil Tay's assent stemmed from her outrageous behavior, criticized by all age groups. Yet, she still garnered supporters left and right. This is the hubris of this century. Inappropriate, immodest and unprofessional attitudes have associated themselves with rich and powerful figures, and the "quick to get rich" scheme became a ubiquitous goal. Thus, hard work was replaced with impressions of instant fame, and social media became the prime outlet. Gen-Z has poorly made use of unnecessary role models.

By investing time into useless online chatter, this generation faces dire consequences.

Lil Tay Fashion Lil Tay and her infamous crew.

Half a century ago, the Baby Boom generation and prior had no use for social media, which was conveniently non-existent at the time. Their attention focused on real life issues, such as poverty, environmental degradation, and overpopulation. Additionally, the post-war period around the 60s was no time for reigns such as that of Lil Tay. Society was busy rebuilding a crippled economy, and through year of perseverance and focus, the United States recovered at an astounding rate. While not every individual contributed to this recovery, the values of new workers were different. They could not experience luxury goods right from their phones. Most likely, they could not fathom a lifestyle so grand as social media was a foreign idea. Thus, their values, centered on education and pursuit of knowledge contributed heavily to economic success.

The thousands of scientific and technological advancements emerged as a result, which allowed Gen-Z to experience their beautiful lifestyle today.

With the skewed aspects and apirations of Gen-Z, society will head in the wrong direction. Millennials now are scared to face the truth. Money comes naturally from hard work. Hard work comes naturally from a strong work ethic. This mindset is rooted with self-motivation and good character. None of these traits are demonstrated by Lil Tay. Her image is simply a dreamstate that many want to reach, creating an illusion of false hope. Her life revolves too greatly on monetary goods, devoid of emotional richness. Her values are centered essentially on power, and if Gen-Z continues to follow in her footsteps, it will be hard to bring society back to prospect.

No doubt, many understand Lil Tay as a joke, bringing a good laugh or two, but the amount of attention amassed only reflects the subconsciousness of society. Well, think again. Is this truly worth your time? It's time to wake up.

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Lil Tay // Facebook

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I am sure many could relate: you are texting or sitting around with your friends and no one knows what they want to do, everyone is bored, and everyone is flat out of ideas that are actually realistic and achievable. Boredom makes an appearance at it's finest moments... always.

Here are 27 things you can do with your friend in just about any season (some are exclusive to a particular season) when boredom takes over!

1. Find a local coffee shop to try out.

2. Or better yet, find a local restaurant that you’ve all been wanting to try.

3. Go shopping at each others' favorite stores.

4. Tie balloons with positive messages inside of them to random places in your town to uplift a few souls.

5. Cook a homemade meal for a homeless person and deliver it.

6. Get crafty and create a time capsule that you and your friends can open after (x) amount of years.

7. Make your own sushi.

8. Plant flowers in little pots for your homes.

9. Road trip to random local cities and do some exploring.

10. Have a photo shoot.

11. Buy or create a blank page’s journal filled art, writing, sketches, and pictures of your friends that can be used as a memory book.

12. Visit a pumpkin patch.

13. Go stargazing in the middle of the night with a blanket and a few midnight snacks.

14. Go to a haunted house.

15. Go to a movie with the group.

16. Have a giant sleepover with board games, snacks, movies, and crazy pajamas.

17. Have a game night with the peeps.

18. Have a gingerbread making contest.

19. Have a bonfire when it gets cool outside.

20. Make homemade ice cream.

21. Search on maps for the nearest natural spring or river and go swimming or canoeing.

22. Take a camera, your group of friends, and stroll around town taking pictures of your adventure.

23. Use the pictures you take on your adventures and create a photo wall in your home.

24. Have a "Madea" movie night.

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What It's Like Being An Introverted Leader

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When you think of the qualities a leader or someone in a leadership position should have, being out-going is often mentioned. However, I don't think that always has to be the case. I've been a part of many different leadership opportunities and programs, yet I'm still the same socially awkward hermit I've always been. Being out-going and extroverted doesn't qualify someone to be a good leader, just like being shy and introverted makes you a bad one, it's about your skills.

When I went to a leadership program at a summer camp, I often heard that I didn't talk very much or I was too quiet and shy for a summer camp entertaining kids, I should have been more talkative. I'd also get a few counselors coming up to be that when they were in the same program I was in, they were also the same things I was and not to worry about it. Even now, I'm still quite and relatively shy person, but that doesn't discredit my ability to be a good leader, or anyone else's.

In my high school ASB (Associated Student Body) class, we took a fun personality test to find out what kind of leaders we were; someone who likes to be in charge, be in the spotlight, more organized, or stay in the background. I got someone who likes to be in the spotlight, which was a surprise to me too, but thinking about it, it makes sense. I'm not overly out-going, but given the right motivation, I don't mind going up to people and striking up a conversation.

I can also say that at some point I have possessed all four of these personalities or traits over the course of my different leadership roles. The reason I'm even bringing this personality test up is that it definitely shows that there are different types of leaders out there, and not all of them have to be extraverted. I tried to find the one I took but couldn't find the exact one, but if you're interested there are a ton of different ones out there.

Over time, I've learned and worked on many valuable skills, like conflict resolution, time management, actually listening to what others have to say, and more. I keep myself up to date with my surroundings and what's going on in the world, and I still meet and hang out with people, when I have time. People grow and learn on their own pace, we should let them without overly critiquing them.

In the end, whether someone is out-going or not shouldn't determine the ability they have to be a good leader, sure in some cases it's better to more extraverted, but it's not a make or break trait. So long as they have their mind in the right place and know how to handle different tasks and situations, it doesn't matter.

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