Last week, Reddit user u/NukeEnergyasked, "Elder millennials, what stereotype aggravates you the most?"
It led to “elder millennials” — who’d fall into the age range of 35 to 40 right now — sharing stereotypes about millennials that annoy the hell out of them. Here's what they said:
1."I hate that millennials get pinned as being addicted to their phones. Like we're always behind a screen and not interacting with the real world. I, for one, try really hard to have good phone etiquette, and what I've noticed is, boomers can be really bad at this."
2."That we don’t take our jobs seriously. I had to sit my peer (age 55) down and tell him that the millennials he was complaining about were the same age as the 'very qualified and mission-focused' person he’s been working with for the past decade."
3."Boomers had it far easier than we did but act like our generation's struggles just boil down to a lack of hard work. Also, the 'participation trophy' meme, aside from being largely bullshit anyway, raises the questions: 'Whose generation was giving out the participation trophies? Why would you blame the kids who received them?'"
6."My mom complained back when I was in college because I could not pay for college with my summer jobs, saying that she paid for most of her college with her summer jobs. College today is a lot more expensive."
10."That I want my parents to do everything for me or handle any stressful situation I might find myself in. I ask for advice and usually take it because they've been in the same situations and have experience handling them. Still, I make my own doctor's appointments, call people I need to connect with myself, etc."
14."It really pisses me off how older generations constantly perpetuate the idea that millennials have no manners and are just inherently shitty and rude. I have worked in retail, a call center, and social services for my entire working life, so I have communicated with a lot of different people from all age groups and all walks of life. Without a doubt, there is an absolute and distinct difference in 'manners' between millennials and folks from older generations. Few of the rude people were millennials."
15."When millennials take cooking classes and sewing classes and basic auto repair classes (and other shit our parents were too lazy/busy to teach us, but no one ever talks about that part), we're derided as being helpless and needing 'adulting classes.'"
17."When we are looked down upon for needing to use YouTube, etc., for learning tasks (like changing a tire) that our parents were taught by our grandparents, but the former never took the time to teach us."