"Annoying" Things Millennials Do That Are Actually Not That Bad
Millennials are killing everything. From fast food chains to the nuclear family, the most screwed generation of all time has a penchant for destroying everything the olds hold near and dear to their hearts. The millennial impact on society is often cited as a negative one, but there are "annoying" things millennials do that aren't bad and are actually being embraced by every generation - even grandmas have a Facebook account and Amazon credit card.
Despite all the millennial stereotypes, there are many helpful Gen Y and Gen Z behaviors we’ve all adopted. You may scoff at the millions of selfies this generation takes, but you can't deny the world is a better place with emojis and online shopping.
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Taking Brunch To The Next Level
Millennials didn't invent brunch, but there's no denying they have taken it to another level. The late-morning repast is more popular than ever, and Gen-Y has led the way.
It seems we all enjoy sleeping in a bit on the weekends, and restaurants are more than happy to oblige with brunches that grow more and more elaborate. The ritual of grabbing food with friends after a night of heavy drinking isn't unique to millennials, either; Craig Donaldson, the chief executive of Metro Bank, said older generations had similar habits of nursing hangovers at diners in their youth as well.
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Trying To Find "Meaning" In Everything
Millennials want meaning in their lives, their food, and even their jobs. Their search for "meaning" seems to be endless, with a new wave of political rallies sparked by the millennial generation.
"Finding meaning," of course, is nothing new. A majority of employees, regardless of age, place meaning and purpose as the most important aspect of their jobs. A 2016 LinkedIn survey showed millennials are actually the least purpose-driven generation in terms of their jobs. Boomers are the most likely to prioritize purpose over pay.
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Being Way Too Into Organic FoodPhoto: Masahiro Ihara / flickr / CC BY 2.0
Millennials are often criticized for the pretentiousness in their food and dining choices, particularly for their insistence on organic foods.
Let’s face it: all the organic food is not being purchased by millennials who just finished watching Food, Inc. on Netflix. Millennials helped alert all of us to the dangers of processed foods and pesticides, and the trend is growing. Americans spent $47 billion on organic food in 2016, and it climbs every year.
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Focusing On A Work/Life Balance
Millennials are famous for demanding a work/life balance, and it's created a lot of resentment in the older generations. The younger generation is often branded as "lazy" for their unwillingness to put in the long hours.
A desire for a work/life balance, however, is multi-generational. Nearly half of American workers say they would give up salary for more flexibility. The old maxim is still true: No one on their deathbed ever said, “I wish I’d spent more time at work.”
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For many, emojis are proof positive millennials are destroying the English language. Cringing when they receive an email with a sunglasses smiley face or even a pile of excrement, many older generations silently mourn the complexities and nuances provided by the written word.
Emojis, however, are making their way beyond the millennial generation. In fact, 78% of women on the internet use emojis, no matter their age. Some academics even contend emojis and memes are actually forming a universal language that sloughs off the bounds of regionalism and builds bridges across nations.
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Using Abbreviated Words And Acronyms
What are these strange words and phrases coming from the mouths and keyboards of millennials? Generation Y is often criticized for their overuse of acronyms and nouveau language.
But language is ever-evolving and always has been. Shakespeare himself invented over 1700 words, many of them by "verbing" - changing nouns into verbs ("googling" is a good millennial example of verbing). Every generation invents words: pretty "groovy," don't you think?