Are Millennials the Worst Generation?

Editorial: 7 Reasons Millennials are the Worst Generation

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/02/03/7-reasons-millennials-are-the-worst-generation/

Summary:

In this editorial, “7 Reasons Millennials are the Worst Generation,” Ben Shapiro discusses 7 reasons of why he thinks that millennials are the worst generation. He concludes several reasons based on millennials’ act on politics, economy, health and characteristics. He uses many ethos to enhance the credibility of his essay and logos to clarify the reason. He basically talks about the con side of millennials and represents his subject, “the worst generation” tightly.

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Fact Check:

Claim 1: For years, Americans have been told that millennials are our future.

Evidence: “Barack Obama told them, ‘We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.’ The White House website quotes President Obama, explaining: Regardless of your political affiliation, you’ve got to be involved, especially the young people here.”

Analysis: This is a good introduction to cite President Barack Obama’s words. Millennials are the future Americans have been waiting for. This is a counterpoint to Ben Shapiro’s point, to claim that millennials are the worst generation. Nevertheless, I think this quote has nothing to do with the author’s critics on millennials because I can only see a promising generation through the introduction. The quote is what I think of millennials.

 

Claim 2: Millennials are the least useful generation because they don’t know anything about money.

Evidence: “Over half admit they’re “living from paycheck to paycheck,” according to CNBC.com, and “many are still living with or living off their parents.” More than one in three still draw cash or resources from mom and dad. But one in three are also saving for vacations, and they’re saving for vacations rather than homes. But good news: over 80 percent say they’ll be richer than their parents.”

Analysis: The arguments are not convincing. The author claims that millennials cannot control their money wisely by quoting the website, www.cnbc.com that “many are still living with or living off their parents”. He said that “one third of millennials still drawing cash or resources from mom and dad”. However, since the Y generation is particularly young people born from 1980s to 2000s, the youngest people are still in high school and college that they cannot be possibly financially independent. It is reasonable that one third of all millennials still depend on their family. Moreover, according to Sophia Bera, a certified financial planner, the biggest money problems the millennials are making is not signing up the “401k” plan offerings, not taking credit card debt seriously, not negotiating for the salaries, etc. These problems are purely monetary problems and can be solved gradually when millennials accumulate enough social experiences. Thus, millennials know about money but are just lack of experiences.

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Claim 3: Millennials are the least useful generation because they are lazy.

Evidence: “A 2014 YouGov poll shows that 69 percent of Americans think those under 30 are lazy. Even a majority of young people, 55 percent, say that their generation is lazier than past generations. Overall, 31 percent of people aged 18-29 think adults over 30 are harder workers than they are. Sixty percent of Americans think that millennials lack purpose. It’s hard to argue when millennials are still whining about student loans and Obamacare at age 26, which is probably why 57 percent of people under 30 agree that they lack purpose.”

Analysis: The cited sources are neither abundant nor convincing. First of all, it is unreasonable to directly describe an entire generation as “lazy” even if it seems that most people THINK millennials are. The data of 2014 YouGov Poll only shows that most people consider millennials are lazy, including millennials themselves. However, the essay “The Millennials Generation In the Working Environment”, which has collected data based on news and polls, proves that millennials are actually more enthusiastic and motivated, work in a more trusty and supportive environment and feel better managed and trained. Their working attitude has no significant difference with their elders’. Most importantly, as the author Julia Pironon claims, the real challenge for millennials is managing in a digital world. Thus, Ben Shapiro only focuses on the minor and unconvincing data of millennials and incorrectly concludes that millennials are lazy.

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Claim 4: Millennials are the least useful generation because they are high on self-esteem.

Evidence: “As sociologist Jean Twenge writes, millenials are uninterested in the society around them, less likely to help the environment, less likely to “say they wanted a job that was helpful to others or was worthwhile to society.” Twenge skews left, by the way. ”

Analysis: The citation of sociologist Jean Twenge is true, but Twenge is just an authoritative author standing in the perspective of elders. Moreover, Twenge claims in the conclusion part of “Millennials: The Greatest Generation or the Most Narcissistic?”, that “If we’re going to understand our culture and how it’s changed, we need to listen to what young people say.” I think she only casts doubts on the capability of millennials instead of impugning them. She still thinks that we should see what millennials can do in the future. Thus, it is too absolute for Shapiro to claim that millennials are the worst generation.

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1 Response to Are Millennials the Worst Generation?

  1. Zijin Luo says:

    Great job! I mostly agree with your ideas responding to the article. In your explanation of claim 3, you cited “A 2014 YouGov poll shows that 69 percent of Americans think those under 30 are lazy. Even a majority of young people, 55 percent, say that their generation is lazier than past generations.” You fact-checked the resource and came up with a result, which states the support is not convincing because the assertion is not objective and the environment determines the working time. They are a good point to counter the author’s view, but I’d like to add some other thoughts from different perspectives. First of all, what is the definition of “Lazy”? The author didn’t mention any form of definitions of lazy. He was just saying Millennials are lazy. Secondly, the author said most Millennials are a lack of purposes. However, different individuals have distinct worldviews and obviously they have different purposes. Old generation’s purpose might not suit Millennials, and that doesn’t mean Millennials do not have ones.

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