I am a Millennial raised by Baby Boomers

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… and frankly tired of being told that i’m an incompetent brat, that I want free money and no responsibility.

Lets get the first few facts straight. Millennials (in all their forms and sub-cultures) are an answer to the parenting and pop-culture of GenX and Babyboomers.

When we entered the work force the economic situation we’ve inherited has been less than ideal. Dot Com Bubble, Economic Crises(s), Economic Sanctions, even the worlds highest refugee count in history is happening in our era. Most of the above is controlled by, not us.

That title should be: percentage of millennials that can afford to own their own household [source]

While you’d think that the trend may be different in from market to another, it’s not. As a millennial living in the Middle East my baby boomer parents were able to raise a family of 4 kids on low income, something which I cannot even fathom with today’s inflation, housing, petrol and medical costs. At my age (28) the average price of a 2 bedroom apartment in Beirut was 3x my father’s annual salary in his time, today the average price of that apartment is almost 9x my annual salary (not accounting for taxes & accumulated interest for both, though taxes were lower then as well).

I don’t own a car because owning one doesn’t make mathematical sense while living in the city. I don’t own a house (I pay rent) because I frankly can’t imagine spending that much money on a property that doesn’t justify it’s current market value (commercial construction & stupendous prices). I don’t own many “things” that i’m attached too since I travel a lot (for work) and have adapted my life to practicality. Yet, I enjoy my life and cherish the time I spend with family and friends, not in the company of objects (except books, those I do).

I don’t mind ads if their entertaining or relevant, unfortunately there’s too few of those. I don’t mind paying for music, movies and content because I value the time that’s being invested into creating them. I do spend time on Snapchat, where I play around with different formats of content creation and sharing, meet new people, and have conversations about startup ecosystems and technology.

One thing that frustrates me the most is the clinging of “researchers” and authors of previous generations to self-victimization and finger-pointing at millennials for the most mundane things. It almost feels like a sleazy SEO stunt!

For example, the last line of an article about “founder-friendly” VCs calls out “immature millennials” with no precedent from earlier in the article:

Recently, publishers have been churning out books about “adulting,” meant to deliver tough love to immature millennials. Maybe they should consider selling a startup edition.

Or endless articles blaming millennials for not wanting to overspend on carbon stones that reflect light (also known as diamonds). A good round-up of such shambles can be found here, most notably through Business Insider.
Ironically articles bashing millennials are in listicle, mobile, meme-friendly form, a content format blamed on millennials.

Someone raised (parents and schools included) this “Everyone gets a Trophy” Generation, heck, someone even developed that pre-k curriculum that everyone seems to despise. And believe me it’s not the millennials who did it.

So next time you decide to write an article about a change in consumer behavior and adoption, the rise of a technology, a shift in workplace culture, new CEOs or startups, or simply the lackluster of golf, ask yourself:

What would our older generations have written about us if they had the internet?


This post originally appeared on Medium on Aug 22, 2017