Top Ten Problems Millennials Have

BKAllmighty
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 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. - BKAllmighty

The problem isn't "over-education." What a ridiculous thing to say. Our education system here in America is crap. It is the terrible economy that is to blame.

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

3 Knowing when to put down/turn off their phones 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. - BKAllmighty

4 Coping with anxiety and depression 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. - BKAllmighty

5 Knowing the difference between 'Fact' and 'Opinion' 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 ...more - BKAllmighty

While you're right about a lot of things, you're dead wrong about being unable to know or comprehend when a fetus is indeed human. It's human from the moment of conception, AS ITS DNA CLEARLY PROVES. And it's never "safe" to abort a human being. That fact should be self-evident, even to a millennial.

If the answer to that debate was so obvious, nobody would be arguing about it. You have your opinion, but you need to recognize that it is nowhere near that concrete, where scientific evidence is concerned. Thank you for illustrating my point perfectly. - BKAllmighty

6 Respecting the world around them 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. - BKAllmighty

7 Appreciating quality media and culture over crap 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 - BKAllmighty

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.

8 Dealing with debt 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. - BKAllmighty

9 Knowing how to survive without technology 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. - BKAllmighty

10 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.

The Contenders

11 Relating to older generations 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! - BKAllmighty

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