A slightly different blog post than usual, but this is a matter which struck my mind some time ago, and thereupon researching, found hardly any tangible resources. This article (which my good friend Sanya will find useful for when writing her public speaking speech) is not intended to be a smear article, rather my own enlightenment on an issue which I feel has been sensationalised by the masses.
Firstly, let me present you with the cold hard facts: narcissistic personality disorder is nearly three times as high for people in their 20s as for the generation that’s now 65 or older. 40% of millennials believe they should be promoted every two years, regardless of performance. When faced with a moral dilemma, 60% of millennials believe that they will be able to just “feel” what’s right. If you have not yet caught the gist of this article, then allow me to present it as simply as possible: we are a generation of selfie-obsessed, self-entitled twerking narcissists.
Before I hear complaints on this rather sweeping generalisation, and I admit it is a rather sweeping generalisation, I would like to remind you that I myself am a member of this generation, and hence I am involved in the ins and outs of its happenings. We live in a generation where you are judged by your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram feed, and apparently, your personality can firmly be established just by a few nonchalant conversations partaken online. Now I am not in any way denouncing social networking, rather, just some of the close-minded people who use it. It all seems rather ridiculous to me, and that is probably because it is nothing but ridiculous.
We live in a generation where it’s seen as “cool” to be “uncool”. By the looks of it, you won’t find these “cool” kids near anything “mainstream”, simply because, it’s cool to be “different”. Although I fully advocate individuality, I think the whole notion of being unique has been lost within this forced pretence of trying to be different. Individuality essentially comes best to people who are simply themselves, whether this means you are at the pinnacle of a stereotype or the furthest thing from it; that part really doesn’t matter. What does matter is this slightly odd undercurrent of self-entitlement which runs through many of these “cool kids”. This idea of being better than someone else, just because you don’t do what everyone else does, is totally abhorrent!
Take for example, the concept of the “nerd”. Now firstly, let us establish the definition of the word nerd, as the definition itself has been the cause of an unscrupulous debate: “a person who is socially awkward and unpopular, an intelligent person who does not fit in with other people”. For some reason this very concept has been the cause of a few colourful debates, (one debate ended with said fellow pitifully trying to alter the very definition of the word!) and has also sparked the topic of my good friend Sanya’s public speaking speech. (“Is it cool to be clever?”) Frankly, I find nerdism, (a term cleverly coined by my good friend Sanya) rather foolish. Nowadays, what is a nerd? A person who watches TV shows that nobody else watches? A person who reads book? Prides themselves in being socially awkward? Or is it really the pinnacle of narcissism? Surely, by calling oneself a “nerd”, one is implying that they are oh so clever and unique, consigning themselves to this whole notion of being “cool” because they’re “uncool”. Collate this concept with my ideas shared in the previous paragraph, and it is a no-brainer really as to why I think nerdism is silly. Nerd culture is probably one of the most irritable and pointless concepts I have come across. What is more doltish and slyly self-indulgent, than calling yourself a nerd? Not much.
The original point of this article has perhaps been diluted somewhere, probably somewhere in that rather controversial rant-y paragraphy regarding nerd culture. My opinion of millennials, as a millennial myself, is certainly not a bad one. Although we are a generation full of faults, there has never been a generation that isn’t. Yes, there’s a stack of data suggesting how narcissistic and lazy and self-entitled we are, and indeed, many of us are, but beyond the statistics; the greatness of a generation cannot be determined through numbers, but by practices and stories, by undertaking great challenges and successfully carrying them through. 80 million strong, millennials are open-minded, welcoming to multi-culturalism and certainly possess the characteristics of a bold and daring generation. I genuinely do believe in our generation, and God knows our generation certainly believe in our generation.