Are Millennials Addicted to Instant Gratification?

Are Millennials Addicted to Instant Gratification?

"Alexa, what's the weather going to be like today?"

Adults who cannot identify with the millennial generation always try to say younger generations are lazy and lack a real work ethic. They pride themselves on what they describe as 100-hour workweeks with no breaks, their long walks to school (if your parents are foreign there was probably some mention of snow), and their written letters to loved ones. They tell us how much more interactive life was when the cell phone was put down at the dinner table and "Facebooking” didn’t exist. They preach to us how the true essence of fun lies outdoors, and not in our rooms with our Netflix and video games.

Times have obviously changed; technology is definitely to blame. Yet rather than hard workers, has this changed society produced a mass of average people? Or are we just more efficient?

We are the generation contingent on instant gratification. Now, what does that mean? Well, in short, “we want what we want, and we want it NOW.” While that is contrary to almost everything we’ve been taught—delayed gratification—we have an inherent desire to have what we want and have it instantly.

But can you blame us?

We do not remember a time without microwaves, iPhones, instant hot water, Facebook, Myspace; you name it, we got it. We live in a day and age where you do not have to leave your home for ANYTHING. You can literally order your groceries to your front door. I mean, if you want the newest, coolest restaurant's sandwich delivered to your front door, Post mates has you covered (not to mention, they have competitors, so you've got options). Through your fingertips you have access to all the world's information— why even use a book, right?

Phones these days have apps for almost anything your heart could possible desire. It does not matter where you are, or what time it is—if you need to get home (or anywhere for that matter), Uber has your back with a ride. You can buy a new wardrobe and meet your significant other online, at the same time.

Now this culture, like all things, has two sides. People either reach a false realization that everything in life is instant and easy, or people become more efficient.

And when people are used to getting what they want AND they are more efficient, what happens...?

Technological innovation is a part of our evolution, and that is what has contributed to our culture of instant gratification. Behind all these products and devices are people from this generation—and ideas. Ideas that were executed and are now coined.

I would argue that the older generations are wrong. The instant gratification culture has indeed burned the appreciation for strenuous work, yet the amount of ideas and opportunities it has bred into society is evident. People may not have to work as hard in all aspects. While they may still have to push themselves in some, they will be efficient in others.

This generation still has to work hard, just in different ways. Perhaps the instant gratification they have learned and adapted to has instigated a sense of perseverance. It is not necessarily that this generation will try and when the gratification is not instant, they will give up. Rather, they will try and try again until they can find a means to make the gratification instant.

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It's hard to love food but also hate it at the same time.


Growing up, my mom would usually have to cook me a separate dinner from my siblings. Why? Because I was ridiculously picky and wouldn't eat the same foods as everyone else. Trust me, it gets old. It's not my fault certain things just taste gross, you learn to live with it.

1. You eat something you hate just to see if you still hate it

I'll take a bite of a burger every once in a while just to reaffirm that it still tastes like dirt. I just have to know. Don't even get me started on vegetables.

2. When trying to explain what you actually like to eat, people give you major side eye

Don't ask me about my eating habits unless you want to get into a long, confusing conversation.

3. Eating at someone else’s house when you were younger was a pain

You hate to tell their parents just how much you hate the food that they gave you. So, you sucked it up and ate it anyway only to come home and whine to your parents.

4. There’s one thing on any menu you always fall back on...even if it’s on the kids menu

Pizza, maybe. Chicken tenders, always.

5. Trying a new food is a very proud moment

It's like, wow! Look at me being all adventurous.

6. When you realize you actually like some new food, that’s an even more amazing moment

Crazy times. This rarely happens.

7. Sometimes it’s the texture, sometimes it’s the flavor, all the time it’s left on your plate

Oops. At restaurants it's either left on your plate or your order is very specified.

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17 Productive Ways To Procrastinate

Because sometimes you just need to avoid homework while also getting stuff done.



1. Delete apps you don't use from your phone.


Be sure to check in Settings afterwards to see how much space you freed up.

2. Clean out your car.


Driving a clean car is the quickest way to feel like a million bucks.

3. Read the news.


Voila, you are now smart.

4. Organize your schoolwork.


You know what I'm talking about: all those graded returned homework and PowerPoint slides and old exams and printed-off Chegg problems. Get a big binder and page dividers, sort your papers by class, and put them in the binder. Revel in how organized you are.

5. Have a quiet time.


Nothing enables productivity quite as well as spending time with God first!

6. Work out.


Healthy body, healthy mind, right?

7. Make your bed and tidy your room.


You're unstoppable.

8. Go through your clothes and give things away.


You'll feel 1000x lighter.

9. List your old jewelry for sale on a local BST site.



10. Do your grocery shopping.


You probably should not eat so much fast food.

11. Give yourself a pedicure.


You're worth it.

12. Do your laundry.


Once all your favorite clothes are clean and ready to go, you'll be so much more productive.

13. Tithe to your church (or favorite nonprofit.)


You know that's something you've been meaning to do.

14. Do the dishes.


A clean kitchen = a clear mind.

15. Wear a charcoal mask.


I also put coconut oil in my hair while I do this as a deep-conditioning treatment.

16. Delete old emails and texts.


If you've never tried keeping you inbox at zero, I recommend it.

17. Call your mom.


Or dad, or grandparents, or long-distance bestie.

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