What Makes A Millennial

What Makes A Millennial

You're bound to hear a person of an older generation say that Millennials will contribute to the downfall of the U.S. However, there have been negative stigmas with every generation.
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Recently, I have heard many of my friends ask me what Millennials are. Well, it's people who are roughly between the ages of 18 and 36. So if you're in college, you're a Millennial that is part of Generation Y. The Generation Ys and Millennials are the same. Most of our parents are most likely Baby Boomers or Generation Xs. I understand that there are many people out there that do not care to have a generational identity. We are what we are. However, there are characteristics that get tied to each generation because typically they're true. Let's look at a few.

Technologically and social media savvy. I don't believe that you'll find a human being that denies this idea. The Millennials drown themselves in social media and whatever new device is created. People are achieving success through Internet channels days after they may have bought their first razor. Jason Robbins founded DraftKings (online sports fantasy and gambling site) in his late twenties. Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook out of his college dorm at Harvard. Sean Parker launched Napster when he was only 18 years old. Eventually, he was sued for copyright issues, but he's a multi-billionaire now, so I think he's doing just fine. Keep watching the news, I wouldn't be surprised to see a pre-adolescent launch a massive Internet-based company.

Socially Liberal. This may be up to dispute, but at times it can be hard to disagree with this characteristic. If you were to look at what has happened over the last five years, this claim will be hard prove wrong. In 2015, the Supreme Court nationally legalized gay marriage. The commercial use of weed in Colorado was legalized in 2014. You're also seeing a lack of religion nationwide. Millennials have been deemed the least religious generation to date by many scholars. Truth Dig reports that 95 percent of Americans have premarital sex.

High Expectations. Some experts believe that Millennials have unrealistic expectations. This can either be positive or negative. Unfortunately, these expectations may have led to a level of entitlement among Millennials. Sometimes all of us get caught up in what we think we deserve compared to what we're capable of reaching, or just not being content on what we have.

These are only a few characteristics that get tied to Millennials. The characteristics that describe this new generation can be negative or positive. You're bound to hear a person of an older generation go on to say that the Millennials will contribute to the downfall of the U.S. However, there has always been a negative stigma with every generation. Till the end of time, we'll be hearing about how the newest generation has some problem that will lead to ultimate disaster. But, I believe there will always be something positive to get out of each new and unique generation. I think the millennials will be just fine.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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I Don't Plan On Voting Democrat, Ever

Everyone needs to go back in time to where we could have a CIVIL political discussion.
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When I talk about this, I get a lot of kickback and people seem to really combat this idea. The modern left has a huge attitude problem, not all of them of course but most. From the cultural Marxist extreme wing of liberalism, the socialist democrats and such...

I always am on Facebook or Twitter or any social media site ever when I breeze through comments on "news" articles. The comments I end up seeing are just mind-blowing. The gun debate is what comes to mind because right when you bring up guns, people get heated. I noticed when anyone would post a comment or say something that differed from the basic 'we need heavy gun control widely accepted' idea, it went off like a ticking time bomb.

I would see people who claim to be open-minded and caring, wish death on the family of someone who doesn't believe in gun control or who disagrees with the government having the last word on things. It really is just mind-blowing. Again I will say it, I know it is not all, but the loudest of the left are these cultural Marxists who are intensely hostile to other ideas.

To me, the reason Donald Trump won the presidency is that of the actions of the youth-heavy liberal left. I know it's the minority of the left wing, and personally, I feel Hillary losing was instant karma for what she did to Bernie Sanders.

But again, they are the loudest of any political demographic in the country. These actions of hostility towards different thoughts and ideas do nothing more than hurt the left wing overall. In turn, it will make it harder for them to prevail in the upcoming midterms.

From what I have seen and can gather from talking to people about this, the actions of the left push way more people away from joining their side than they attract. The attitude that 'everyone who voted for Trump is a racist and sexist idiot' hurts the left more than I think most people realize.

There is a huge demographic of people who voted for President Obama twice and then went and voted for President Trump in 2016, and that seems to be something a lot of people overlook.

I already know what a lot of people would think seeing this headline, "but what about the right and Trump supporters?" Which I would say 'don't be a child', not to be rude. That is a childish thing to do when confronted about your negative behavior... slide a what if or blame the opposer. We are better than this and it is no excuse. In reality, I'm trying to help the left by saying this.

A lot of people view the left as 'undesirable' because of a lot of these actions, people who identify heavily with the left being hostile to free speech and other individual rights. That is how a lot of people see what the left has become, the attackers of individual liberty.

We really need to go back to the days where we could have a civil discussion and be able to debate without hurling personal insults and just automatically assuming every aspect of someone's life based on their political affiliation. We are better than this, and yes I place blame a lot on the right wing as well.

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