Millennials: The Most Misunderstood Generation?

Millennials: The Most Misunderstood Generation?

Why The Millennial Generation Is The Most Misunderstood

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Move over, Generation X. Millennials - or Gen Y, as some would have it - are the most misunderstood generation to date. Born between 1980 and the turn of the millenium (though the exact birth years are a matter of pedantic controversy), millennials have the reputation of sipping a latte at your local Starbucks while working remotely on the latest MacBook Pro.

However, this image is all part of a wider misunderstanding of the first generation raised as part of a changed world of advanced communication and leaps in technology. Millennials are flawed, sure. And yes, perhaps they should put their smartphones down a little more often. However, that doesn't mean all they're worried about is the latest beard style or "eco-friendly" vegan diet. Millennials are misunderstood; here are just a few reasons why.

Millennials May Not Retire. Ever.

Millennials are often accused of living for today and not thinking about tomorrow. But many people don't realize that the purchase of that latest smartphone may just be a soothing mechanism for a very uncomfortable truth: millennials may never be able to retire.

Baby Boomers and their retirements are a justifiable cause of jealousy. Many have bought a second home, most can live comfortably off their retirement packages. Millennials, on the other hand, experienced the worst recession in living memory and as a result have crippling debt and little savings. Those that do save have terrible company plans available to them. Millennials will be lucky to reap the rewards of their labor by age 67, if at all.

Do Millennials Believe in Love?

Tinder has exposed (or perhaps even encouraged and defined) a millennial's view on dating, marriage, and love. Millennials are seen to date casually and, to be honest, this point can't really be argued against. The truth is that this generation just doesn't put a ring on it as often as Baby Boomers.

But is the fact that Millennials don't seem to be tying the knot at the same rate a bad thing? Or does it just mean that marriage for the sake of it just isn't worth it. We've all seen examples of unhappy marriages slogging along for financial reasons or "for the children". Millennials don't seem to want to do that, with divorce rates being far lower compared to the supposedly more moral Baby Boomers.

Social Media Drives a Millennial's Self Esteem (and their Spending Habits)

Yes, millennials seem to be more in tune with what's important when it comes to making a lifelong commitment in the form of marriage. However, that doesn't mean they're always better than their elders. In fact, while Baby Boomers often don't even have an Instagram account, Millennials often use it as the guiding light for their own lives.

On the other hand, Millennials seem to know about it. According to a recent study, 63% claim they would be happy if social media disappeared tomorrow. 71% admit to having had a complete break from social media at some point in the recent past. This is all because of the gripping power social media has over its users. It not only often leads to depression and jealousy, many users even let it guide their financial decisions. Companies are even coming up with solutions to help the average millennial from inadvertently spending all of their savings based on trends set by the latest influencer.

So yes, while Millennials are victims to the modern infomercial by the latest Instagram influencer, it doesn't mean they don't know about it or aren't actively trying to fight against it. The backlash is real.

Don't Judge a Millennial by his Latte

Millennials are unfair victims of their circumstance. Yes, monstrosities such as reality TV and apps such as Snapchat don't do much to help a millennial's reputation, yet it's nevertheless true that Baby Boomers had it a little different. While that trendy haircut and upturned chinos may suggest an individual driven by appearances and the number of Likes rather than friends, harbored underneath is someone seriously worried about the future.

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R. Kelly Faces New Accusations And Hopefully This Means The End Of His Reign Of Terror

"Surviving R. Kelly" helped to shed light on what was in the shadows for too long and now consequences have been dealt.

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R. Kelly is one of the most prominent R&B; artists of the '80s and '90s. However, his business as an artist is not the main reason his name is now resurfacing. Due to the attention brought on by a documentary, "Surviving R. Kelly", many started realizing what others tried to mention years ago.

In the documentary, the stories of numerous women who all have had contact with him talked in great detail about the terrors they encountered and horrors they still face. Included in those who took part in the documentary are Sparkle, Wendy Williams, Tarana Burke, and 50 others. Many talked about his obsession with pedophilia while mentioning his and predatory behavior toward women and abuse (physically, verbally, and sexually).

As of February 22, 2019, Robert Sylvester Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

These charges are criminal, felonies, and were filled through Cook County in Illinois. "Surviving R. Kelly" shed light to what was in the shadows for too long and now consequences have just been dealt.

In the past, R. Kelly and his team have been able to slip through the grasps of justice. He was acquitted in 2008 for child pornography charges and numerous other incidents throughout the years. This time around, the R&B; artist is being investigated by three different federal law enforcement agencies surrounding evidence, testimonies, and statements made by those involved in the filming of the documentary.

A 45-minute tape including an underage 14-year-old girl and R. Kelly has been presented to prosecutors leading to the filing of charges. To note, this video is separate from the videos in which previously were used in cases on different charges. Along with this new video, two additional accusers have stepped forward to detail their encounters with the artist. These two women are a former protege and mother of a daughter who is presently involved with him.

Former protege, Lizzette Martinez went on to say when she was 17-years-old and forced into sexual acts numerous times with Kelly. Eventually becoming pregnant with R. Kelly`s child, Lizzette Martinez felt pressured by him to have an abortion; she ultimately miscarried later on. The other accuser, Michelle, explained her daughter`s ("N's") relationship with him. Michelle said that communication between her daughter and her is limited because R. Kelly`s enforced restrictions. R. Kelly and his team have denied all allegations multiple times as he is a "God-fearing man". While some still question the authenticity of these charges, others question if R. Kelly will actually face the consequences of his actions.

With these new charges and "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary, there is an important factor society must understand before his case continues and similar ones are filled. Between lust, fame, money, power, and more, there are hundreds of reasons why R. Kelly did not face convictions others would have easily. Yes, he is profitable, rich, and all of those hundred reasons but they are not suitable reasons that can come close in justifying these allegations.

AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT there is NO reason for ANYONE to commit such crimes.

There is also no justifiable reason for anyone to commit such crimes and be able to get away with their actions time and time again. Over the course of his career, there have always been allegations and until the documentary, no one listened. It is time to give survivors the time and our ears for their story to be told and listened to.

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How to Cope With Anxiety and Depression

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Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. Every now and then there is a stressful situation causing us to feel worry and restlessness. The only problem is, people suffering from anxiety only know the feeling too well since it has become too frequent in their lives, and it can amount to a panic attack. Even worse, anxiety often leads to depression, and it is extremely difficult to deal with these conditions. However, it is not impossible. Here is what you need to implement if you begin to feel/are feeling anxious or depressed, and you have started to notice the unpleasant emotions are appearing more and more often.

Develop a habit

While there is a plethora of tips about what needs to be done when you have an anxiety attack, the tricks often don't seem to work. Why? Because you haven't created a habit of calming yourself down in that way. If you wish for any strategy to work, you have to train your body and your mind into accepting it. The more you practice, the quicker the peace and relaxation come.

Decide on a technique and start applying it. You can choose deep breathing, meditation, taking yoga or tai chi lessons – whichever appeals to you and suits your current situation. Even going to a spa center is a strategy. The point is to dedicate enough of your precious time to your health, and to do it regularly.

Get healthy

Some of the disorders can be inherited, but we are definitely stronger and less prone to them if we keep ourselves in good shape. It's only too easy to become anxious or feel down if you are physically and mentally exhausted.

For this reason, take good care of your body. Eat healthily and regularly. Opt for foods that will keep you full for longer, and avoid immediate sugar boosters, which cause a sudden energy drop afterwards. Make sure you get enough sleep every single night, and do exercise regularly.

Use natural remedies

Along with changing your diet, try to use natural remedies which have long been known for their calming effects: Chamomile, Rhodiola, Valerian root, Lavender, saffron…Recent research has shown that using the best CBD oil for anxiety is extremely recommendable, too, but you should always consult your doctor first.

Spend time with friends and family

As a species, we are social beings, and you have to embrace this fact. In short, it means that we are in need of each other's company, and we feel bad if we don't spend enough quality time with our loved ones. Always make some time for a friendly chat, as this should help you feel better.

Go to parks

Or any other area with plenty of greenery. You don't have to be a fan of camping so as to feel the benefits of spending some time in nature. Like it or not, but nature has a calming effect on our minds and bodies, so dedicate some time to going for a walk in the nearby park or a forest, but stay safe.

Change your focus

This is another technique that needs practicing, and it's not just about changing what you are thinking about. You have to train yourself to change the emotions the moment you start thinking about something nice and pleasant.

Get professional help

Most importantly, do not delay seeking professional advice if you notice any of the symptoms. Anxiety and depression are health issues, and you should treat them as such. If you had high temperature, for example, you would visit a doctor. It is the same way with mental health – don't neglect the symptoms.

To sum up, ask yourself one question: are you really doing everything in your power to overcome the conditions? Start applying the advice we have compiled for you, and the results should start showing after a while.

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