When I typed “interesting articles about millennials” in Google, the first statement I read is the initial claim stated below. I needed to correct this article. How could the author be wrong just at the beginning?
Claim #1: “If you’re reading this article voluntarily, you’re probably not a millennial, because everyone knows millennials don’t read news”
This statement is false. The author is making an assumption and a generalization, and he is wrong. Of course millennials read news. If not, why would I be reading this? Also, just two days ago, all my friends were watching the political debate, because they read the news and understand what is going on. Not to mention, a lot of students at Georgia Tech read the weekly newspaper, and those reports count as news.
It is understandable that the author of this article wanted to use this sentence to build his argument; however, if one reads the first sentence of an article and it is a false statement, one would not want to continue reading, as the author loses his credibility. As he later says, “I can predict all this because I work in the news media,” readers can sense that what the author says may not be true, as “predicting” is just guessing, and guesses are not always certain.
At the end of the article, the author restates this wrong claim, as he says, “ It’s not true that millennials don’t read the news, as I implied above. Hi, millennials — thanks for reading!” Thus, he gains his credibility back; however, he should not have waited until the end of the text to correct that first sentence.
Claim #2: Millennials aren’t real.
This claim is false. Millennials are true, as they are a generation.
The article from The Atlantic shows when each generation begins and ends, as well as defines the Millennial generation (though it has some generalizations and assumptions). According to an article from The Atlantic states that researchers, Neil Howe and William Strauss, recognize this generation as the people born between years 1980 and 2000. This statement is followed by a graph of all the different generations, Millennials included. Thus, Millennials are a generation and they are real.
As this claim is false, The New York Times article’s next paragraph is not at all convincing. Being “a demographic group” is not being “amorphous,” as researchers have given Millennials specific characteristics and a year-span.
Paragraph 12 has a quotation that says, “What we’ve seen is that every single generation enters the work force and feels like they’re a unique generation, and the generation that’s one or two ahead of them looks back and says, ‘Who are these weird, strange kids coming into the work force with their attitudes of entitlement and not wanting to fit in?’” This quotation serves as a counter-argument towards the author’s claim that “Millennials aren’t real,” since he quotes a man that names Millennials a generation.
Claim #3: “They’re young, they’ve never had to shoulder any responsibility in life, and they really can’t even with all your rules, man.”
This claim is not true. It should not be a generalization. Every college student is a young person with responsibilities, for example. They have to wash their own clothes, make sure they eat, go to class, exercise, do well on every subject, manage their time, get a job, join an organization, etc. they are young people filled with responsibilities, and they have to follow the university’s rules, as well as the state’s rules.
This article from The Revelist explicitly states, “Though it’s not necessarily a surprise to the generation that has balanced unpaid internships, school work, and side jobs, a new study from ManPower Group found that Millennials “are working as hard, if not harder, than other generations,” which serves as proof that Millennials are hard workers and not people who avoid responsibilities.
Claim #4: “millennials, as a broad category, simply aren’t very different from everyone else”
This claim is true. Millennials are a broad category, as is any other generation. Millennials born in the 1980s differ in many ways from those born in 2000 by their way of thinking and responding to situations, their use of technology, etc. This generation is also broad since it covers 75.4 million Americans, as it has been demonstrated by a study from the Pew Research Center, and everyone is unique in his or her own ways.
As this claim refers to the way employees work and want to be treated, it is true that Millennials are not very different from everyone else. “We measure this sort of thing closely, and if you look at what their underlying needs and aspirations are, there’s no difference at all between this new generation of workers and my generation and my father’s generation,” he said. “Every single human being wants the same thing in the workplace — we want to be treated with respect, we want to have a sense of meaning and agency and impact, and we want our boss to just leave us alone so we can get our work done.” This statement by Mr. Bock is followed by the author saying, “This is not to say that today’s young people are identical to old people.” They both substantiate how millennial employees are not completely alike, just not very different.
Bump, Philip. “Here Is When Each Generation Begins and Ends, According To Facts.” The Atlantic. 25 March 2014. Web. 28 September 2016.
Manjoo, Farhad. “Coorporate America Chases The Mythical Millennial.” The New York Times. 25 May 2016. Web. 28 September 2016.
“Millennials overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation.” PewResearchCenter. 15 April 2016. Web. 28 September 2016.