Top Ten Problems Millennials Have

Despite some thinking that the current generation of teens/young adults ("Generation Y's" or "Millennials") have it easier than every generation before them, the youth of today face challenges and struggles that were never as difficult as they are now. This list compiles the top ten biggest problems that Millennials face every day.
The Top Ten
1 Finding jobs in an over-educated world

Never, in the history of time, have so many people been college or university educated. You'd think that it's a positive thing, having so many smart cookies in the jar, but it's created a major problem. Availability in many major career fields is shrinking at an alarming rate and today's graduates are struggling to find placement more than ever before because of it. Where I live there is a serious deficit of available public school teacher jobs, and yet people around me still go to school to become teachers because it's a very appealing field of work to go into. I can just about guarantee that most of them will never get permanent placements as full-time teachers in their working life, and it's sad. Welcome to one of the biggest problems Millennials face.

Our economic systems do not support the kind of education most millennials get. I believe we need to more integral and interdisciplinary education. We need to understand ourselves better, grasp how business works and see the connections between disciplines.

Millennials, we can take charge of our destiny by discovering what isn't working and creating change in these areas.

Self-employment is dropping every generation. Why is this? Let's get our butts creating business so we can provide jobs for later generations!

2 Learning basic life skills that they'll need to be independent

Do you remember learning how to do your taxes in high school? What about learning how to balance a budget, fix your (insert regularly-used home appliance here), or keep an organized living space? Most high schools won't teach these basic necessary life skills to students, prepping them for a lot of catch-up work once adult life knocks on their door. I'm sure there are special classes available to students who'd rather take home economics instead of Spanish (or, in Canada, French), but I feel these sorts of things should be taught to students through mandatory life skill classes that matter so much more than any second language classes.

Before you diss millennials remember the people, the ones with special needs. People seem to forget about that. I have also got dyspraxia. Think before you criticize any millennial.

3 Knowing when to put down/turn off their phones

Uuugghhh. Welcome to my biggest pet peeve. To those whom it concerns, you seriously need to life your head up and act like a human being. Texting while sitting in a movie theatre, crossing the street, walking down your high school hallway, sitting with your family at dinner, or spending time with your friends is rude, self-centred, inconsiderate, sometimes unsafe, and hugely anti-social. You shouldn't have to be told this, but here you are reading it knowing I'm right.

Welcome to the millennial that rarely uses her phone, usually leaves it at home, lives with parents because of epilepsy and some baby boomers did stay with parents even if its something no one would say.

4 Coping with anxiety and depression

I have faced both in my life (and, at some level, still do). A problem that is recognized, on a global scale, is that, more than ever before, young adults everywhere are dealing with painfully-high stress levels that won't just go away. I'll finish this comment asking you to seek the help you need, if you are suffering from anxiety and/or depression. I cannot stress that enough.

We can no longer hid and compartmentalize the dark aspects of our culture and ourselves. We are faced with a society that causes much pain. Hopefully, through our suffering, we can create space in our culture for holistic living.

5 Appreciating quality media and culture over crap

Okay, I know this is my opinion, but I'm exposed to people everyday that make me feel more and more sure about this. I'm going to use music as the example. The masses (today's youth) are more musically-unsophisticated than pretty much every generation before them. You may be more-or-less insulted by that statement but please hear me out. It's not that this Millennial generation is stupid; It's that they're not being born into a world where higher-quality music resonates with them. The stuff you see hitting the top of the charts today is mass produced to appeal to people who simply require a rhythmic beat to dance to (I could go on about how dance-ability has fused itself with music like a symbiotic parasite and won't let go but that's a whole different conversation). Repetition and today's angst-driven pop culture topic are the two things that make chart-topping music these days. Some would argue that today's metal music is satisfyingly-intricate but to anyone who knows music it's ...more

So true. The danceable beats that infest modern music are nothing new. There really is not anything wrong with liking to dance, but don't confuse dance music with anything meaningful. Today's pop, synth, electronic, club, house, trance, and several additional styles are really nothing but what was long labeled as "Disco". Fun in a nightclub maybe, but ultimately just the fast food of music.

6 Dealing with debt

A few of these list items may come across as less-than-empathetic to my fellow Millennials, but I assure you that I feel that I sympathize completely with the problems you (potentially) face. I've racked up quite a bit of university debt, for one, and I'm honestly having a less-than-fun time trying to wipe it clean. More young adults are dealing with debt issues than ever before.

In the future I will be making a lot of money and I can save it up then. Right now I'm gonna live my life!

7 Knowing how to survive without technology

A few of the items on this list (added by me, at least) have similar ideas behind them. The simple fact of the now is that today's youth are as in need of their electronic devices as fishes are in need of water to live (okay, that's a slight exaggeration). Can you (provided you are a Millennial) honestly tell me that you could survive even a week without relying on even a single piece of tech to get your daily activities done? I honestly doubt it.

Writing letters, knocking on people's doors, getting up to turn off the alarm, these are things we rarely experience anymore.

8 Respecting the world around them

I'm talking about not putting your phone down, refraining from swearing in public, and smoking around people who DON'T want to get second-hand smoke. Yes, older generations do these things too but you'd think that us humans would be smart enough to stop doing these sort of things by now, wouldn't you? I knew how to respect others and use the golden rule when around the same time that I learned to speak. What's your excuse? You're responsible for what you know and you should know better than to act like a moron.

Agree, basic virtues and values have been lost. History can teach us a lot. So while we aim for the future, we should take advice from the past. Hold onto respect, humility, compassion, justice, etc.

9 Knowing the difference between 'Fact' and 'Opinion'

Despite being the most educated generation, I believe that today's youth are incredibly guilty of mistaking "opinion" for "fact". I believe that it's the young adults who typically rant on about politics the most, despite knowing less than they'd ever care to admit. I believe that "truths" are more often unproven than actually factual when being spread around by the average college kids as "common knowledge". I believe that anyone who goes around insisting that they "know" that abortion is fine, or that there absolutely is no God, or that vaccinations are harmful are only lying to themselves (despite the fact that they'll never agree to that being correct) when they say they "know". Here's what IS known. Knowing when a fetus becomes a human (and is no longer safe to abort) is completely beyond our understanding, so there's no way to end a pregnancy safely without facing crippling moral consequences. Knowing if there is, or isn't, a God is beyond our comprehension and cannot be fully proven or dis-proven so accept that atheism is a religion based on belief, not fact. Vaccinations are medically-proven to be life-saving and the figures cannot be argued since they are entirely factual. There is no such thing as "disagreeing" with fact, people. Finally, everything I stated before the phrase, "Here is what IS known", is not entirely factual and is, in truth, my specific opinion. I cannot claim it to be fact since There is no documentation from any scientific journal proving my statements, therefor, I cannot and will not claim them to be fact. I believe a large-enough percentage of today's youth would not be honest enough (with themselves, even) to admit the same.

10 Not understood by parents

A lot of millenials want to share their thoughts on their parents or family but instead of, millenials is afraid to be judged by someone, in the eye of everyone parents is alwas right and the children is always wrong their discipline level goes to the max and they will forgot the feelings of their child, and its slowly going to depression who is a lot of person or millenials suffering nowadays.

We are unique butterflies... jk we are complex human beings who are here to change the world!

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11 Relating to older generations

Being born into a world where technology surrounds us (this was even true in the 90's, guys) has made it difficult for Millennials to relate to older generations where such tools were unavailable to most people and/or nonexistent. Can you imagine a world with no internet, where finding anything about anything required looking through a series of encyclopedias? Can you imagine a world where cars didn't come standard with air-conditioning, rear-view cameras, and wireless power car door locks? And those are just the luxuries that were unavailable way back when. Good luck trying to live through a day in the life in 1957, kids!

12 The internet wasn't around with earlier generations so they didn't get cyber bullied.

We are the stupid avocados (even if you hate them) and your generation name is millennial despite born before 2000-2009. Trophies are evil so is college and using a mobile phone.
Other deluded generations thinking all millennials are vegans.
Delusions thinking they live in the parents basements.
Delusions thinking we couldn't survive without technology. HA! I never had the internet or a mobile phone when I was a child in the 90s. I was born at the end of the 80s so I lived through the whole 90s.
Get a job? Who are you Jeremy Kyle.

13 Getting hate on the internet.

You need to understand that everyone is different. We are not all rude, disrespectful. Its not laziness if millennials don't have a job stop being like Jeremy Kyle. I just don't know what job to get yet its not my fault I have special needs.

14 Getting hate on television.
15 Stereotyped
16 Lack of work ethic

This can be obvious, as in pure laziness. It can also be subtle, by requiring that the workplace adjust to the Millennial's whims instead of the other way around.

17 Other generations troll them
18 Misunderstood
19 Claim that we only think about ourselves

Words that Millennials should stop saying illegal to write type or say...
I, Me, We, Us, Our, Ourselves, Ourself, You, Opinion, Your, You're, I'm, I am, Self, Feel, Feeling, Being, Speech, Who, Look, Ninetees Kid, We're, Nostalgia, Need, Want, Get, Give, Ask, Talk, Say, Use, No, Never, Not, can't, Cannot, Wont, Will Not, Why, How, Don't, Sad, Jealous, Jealousy, Hasn't, Cry, Tears, Tearful, Happy, Have, Cheerful, Yes, Do, Has, Envy, Liar, Lie, Will, Know, An.

20 Dealing with boomers
21 Millennial as a term is now used for anyone young
22 Labelled as ruined everything
23 Are called cowards
24 Getting hate in magazines.
25 Environmental Issues
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