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Let’s Be Real: Please Don’t Call Me Millennial

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A Hip-Hop Millenial

A Hip-Hop Millenial

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A Hip-Hop Millenial

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A Hip-Hop Millenial

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When people ask me why I am so serious and why I always try to hang out with people who are older than me, I can only answer honestly: I am ashamed and embarrassed to be part of this generation, and I certainly do not want to have a part in the next wave of up and coming disappointments.

I grew up in a generation called the “Millennials.” It has a hip name, and there are some minor flaws that the previous generations can point out, but it is nothing when compared to what I have been seeing come from my peers.

I can admit that I have some flaws, along with the rest of the Millennials. We tend to be attracted to our technology, our video games, and our food. We get a little too loud and stay out a little too late, but all in all, those pale in comparison to some more recent trends that have spread from the Millennial generation.

Pursue your dreams, find a hobby, be happy with who you are, not what the Internet wants you to be, because believe me: suicide is not a joke, Juuls are harmful, and there is nothing beautiful about a synthetic gym bod or a Bad and Boujee booty.”

Lately I’ve been noticing that Millennials are becoming infected by the latest and not-so-greatest in trends, whether it be music, clothing, or other small things. Personalities, spending tendencies, and overall outlooks on life are rapidly deviating from what Millennials were five to ten, even fifteen years ago.

A lot of the Millennials I come across are in this mindset that the world is against them and that there is no hope in life. This suicidal, pessimistic look on life is really not something that this generation, or any generation, should have.

I find it to be very difficult to be around people who are constantly saying that they hate everything and that they supposedly “want to die” over things that are sometimes so minuscule in actual importance that it seems like they are almost making fun of people who are actually struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts or actions.

For example, if a person gets a bad test score, immediately they say “I want to kill myself,” instead of “How can I prepare myself better for the next one?” It becomes both a confusing and distasteful gut reaction to start mentioning suicide as an alternative to simply getting through a problem. Even as a joke thrown around casually between friends, I often find myself saying “Please don’t” or “Why would you do that?” in hopes that it will not become reality.

Then there are the Millennials that have a different meta for their personalities and reactions. These Millennials are almost as overpowering as the “Suiciders.”   I am talking about the “Body Advertisers.”

This is a toxic and violent breed that quite frankly, I wish ceased to exist. Millennials pretty much put their bodies up into the free world like they’re trying to sell themselves like a product in the mall. Instagrams, Snapchats, and the creation of “finsta” accounts are polluted with both boys and girls posing half or fully nude in bathroom mirrors with absolutely ridiculous captions and filters.

They post videos of themselves wearing outfits clearly above their style of life while they lip-sync hip-hop songs in their cars. They get silicone implants, facelifts, and spray tans to look like someone else for the sake of looking “sexy.”

I always have to think to myself: “Why are you doing this? What are you trying to accomplish with all that?”

In real terms, the only thing these types of Millennials want to achieve is followers and bad people. When I say bad people when talking about this group of teens is bad girls and guys. Gone are the days of chivalry and good love. If you are not constantly going to parties or drinking or doing drugs, buying Supreme/Gucci/Chanel clothing, or starting hateful drama like it is going out of style, then you are left out like stale bread. The harsh reality of it: good guys and good girls are a dying breed in Millennial society.

Also, everywhere I look, I am seeing Millennials becoming infected by something even more dissatisfying and stupid: Juuls.

I have enough hate towards these things that I could write a book about them, but Millennials drove the biggest nail for me. To me, Juuls, Juul pods, vape tricks, and the surrounding desire for them to be an everyday necessity in Millennial lives is infuriating. Why do Millennials on both sides, old and young, have to be so dependent on the craze of a rechargeable vape pen that looks like a poorly constructed USB stick? The answer lies in what I just said: they’re stupid. Juuls are things that fuel the Millennial movement in the worst of ways. They control their lives, dictate where their money goes, and how they act. In recent news, I am absolutely proud to know that Juuls are getting banned in so many different places.

It is a different world with the Millennial generation. Things that previous generations would strive to accomplish have gone extinct to Millennials. Benefiting the world or yourself is nothing compared to the powerful force of trends and social media personalities. Could that Millennial be pursuing their dreams, getting good grades, or donating to a charity? Nope, they’re posing in their Supreme underwear in the bathroom with their thousand dollar iPhone, vaping a Juul while tweeting a hate comment with a trashy mumble rapper playing in the background. Disgusting.

I’ll end by saying this, I thank Millennials who have not turned to the dark side of the generation. Pursue your dreams, find a hobby, be happy with who you are, not what the Internet wants you to be, because believe me: suicide is not a joke, Juuls are harmful, and there is nothing beautiful about a synthetic gym bod or a Bad and Boujee booty.

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Connor Gority, Staff Writer

My name is Connor Gority, or CG if you know me better, and I’m a junior at Tyrone High School. If you’ve ever been to Tyrone or live in the area and...


16 Responses to “Let’s Be Real: Please Don’t Call Me Millennial”

  1. Mr. Epic Miles on October 25th, 2018 2:30 pm

    Okay but you’re still a millennial.

  2. Kiki on October 29th, 2018 8:22 am

    Bubba you’re not a millennial, millennials are born from 1981 to 1996. Getcho facts straight bub

  3. ok so basically on October 29th, 2018 8:56 am

    Who comes up to you calling you a millennial? “Hey millennial, get me some milk” I mean nobody walks down the hall saying “Hi Millennial!” Have a good day, millennial.

  4. Hippyman on October 29th, 2018 9:18 am

    People that push themselves away from the mainstream group are hipsters. Congrats on becoming a hispter.

  5. Sara on October 29th, 2018 11:22 am

    Just to point something out… you didn’t grow up IN a generation called the “Millennials”, you grew up WITH a generation called the “Millennials”. Anyone born in the years 1995-2010 are in the “Generation Z”. Even though it is still a conflicting issue over who is considered a “Millennial”, it is important to address that some would not consider you as one. Also, the problems you are stating are not specific to the Millennial generation. You shouldn’t be ashamed of a generation you aren’t even in. Before putting this up I think you definitely should have researched more thoroughly to support your arguments, and you definitely should have made sure that you knew what a “Millennial” was in the first place before calling yourself/your peers one.

  6. Joe Hosko on October 29th, 2018 11:58 am

    ur not a millennial bubba

  7. Taylor Laber on October 29th, 2018 12:06 pm

    while i don’t think this is a millennial-exclusive problem, i do agree with a lot of what you’re saying, especially on the suicide part. i mean, hah, i did write an article basically screaming what you said, after all!

    bits and jokes aside, i think you’ve got a good understanding of the problem many are imposing. it’s a relief that you’ve got an understanding and empathetic look on a lot of things, like suicide, and low tolerance for idiotic things like the whole “gotta be sexy!!!!” thing.

    good stuff(TM)

  8. Person. on October 29th, 2018 1:51 pm

    I won’t call you a millennial( 24-38 age range in 2018)…. because you aren’t. do your research before grouping yourself. technically when you, a Gen Z ( age range from 3-23 in 2018), hang’s out with people “Older then you are” just mean’s you are embarrassed by the people you hang out with. Stop using buzzwords and groups that are hated in the media, and act like you are apart of them to get a story because you are not in that group.

    Now I will give you some props for actually hitting some good problems millennial’s face. But, depression diagnosis is up 47% among millennial’s, so that is something to look at and mention within the article, and not to dismiss those people that are being diagnosed with depression.

  9. CG on October 29th, 2018 8:11 pm

    For those of you who have said that I am not a Millennial or I did not conduct research, many sources state that a Millennial is anyone born between the years 1982 and 2004.

    Here you go


  10. person on October 30th, 2018 8:08 am

    What source do they cite on the article? because the PEW research center classifies: the Prominent US think tank Pew Research Centre has announced that they will only apply the term millennial to those born between 1981 and 1996 meaning that if you’re not currently aged between 22 and 36, you’re out.



  11. CG on October 30th, 2018 8:32 am

    I think people are missing the point of this article and focusing on as if it is an essay or something. This is my opinion article stating my opinion about the state of teenagers in this generation of society. An opinion does not require any research to be conducted, as it is simply just and thought being voiced. There is also a substantial gray area surrounding when the birth years of Millennials really are, however just as a lot of researchers, public officials, and parents will say that the birth years of Millennials years are 1981-1996, there is a substantial counterpart of the same people that say the years are 1982-2004. I respect all of your opinions, but I have always believed that it has been 1982-2004.

    Thank you for the interest and the comments

  12. Connor Gority on October 30th, 2018 12:54 pm

    Also, I think another thing to point out is that nobody is really focusing on the content of the article. Everyone is focusing on simply the term of “Millennial”. Truth be told, I wrote about Millennials because I have always been referred to as a Millennial by many people, parents included. The name Millennial is not the topic I am discussing, but instead the trends and views of teenagers in Millennial AND Generation Z (also referred to as “Post-Millennials”) generations. It was not my intention to discuss the term Millennial and what it meant.

  13. Mr. Epic Miles on October 30th, 2018 1:47 pm

    Okay basically you millenial

  14. Jonathan Diller on October 31st, 2018 8:43 am

    Unless you’re hanging out with people who are significantly older than yourself (38 and up) then you would still be hanging out with “millennials”. Even though you yourself are not one.

  15. Kiki on October 31st, 2018 9:31 am

    Doesn’t matter, you referred to yourself as a millennial when you said that you’re “ashamed of your generation” and do not want to be associated with them. There is no “Gray area” you’re not 38 or older so you’re not a millennial bubba

  16. Steve Everhart on November 3rd, 2018 10:22 am

    Well-written article, Connor. As a “Boomer”, I find the current generation (no matter what we call it) filled with individuals like you–energetic, independent, intelligent, driven, and optimistic. I know it’s easy to focus on those who don’t fit these descriptors, but I’m reassured every day I come to work that most students at Tyrone High are serious about their futures and about making the world a better place. If that weren’t the case, I’d have quit teaching here 30 years ago.

    Keep writing provocatively and passionately. And keep backing up your opinions with research!

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