There's a lot going around about all the things millennials are doing wrong. One minute they're entitled. The next they're narcissistic and lazy.
According to Australian millionaire, Tim Gurner, millennials spend too much time and money on things don't matter. Says Gurner, "When I was trying to buy my first home I wasn't buying smashed avocados for 19 bucks and four coffees at $4 each."
According to Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation,
We've continued to see millennials seek out possibilities across all aspects of their lives to have a positive impact on society and question norms that might pose barriers to implementing their ideas for social impact.
In spite of all the naysayers, there's no denying that this unique generation shines in many different ways. Here are 7 things millennials do better than anyone else.
They stay positive.
Let's face it--many millennials are facing a variety of challenges including crushing student loan debt, poverty, and underemployment--today's generation faces higher rates of these things than baby boomers did at the same age. Still, more than 8 in 10 feel confidence in their finances, which shows that millennials are still able to maintain an optimism about the future many others surely lack.
If you think millennials only care about hashtags and social media notifications, you might be surprised to learn that they're not always distracted by the arbitrary. According to Demographic Intelligence, millennials are intentionally putting off marriage in order to become more educated and attain more career success.
They use their voice.
No more saying millennials should speak up--for the first time in decades, millennials and Gen Xers eclipsed boomers and older voters in the 2016 election, outvoting them by approximately two percent. A small margin, but it still counts.
They believe in activism.
In 2017, voting topped the list of the most actions taken by millennials and the action they deemed most likely to be influential; 71 percent consider voting as activism. Self-identified activists were more likely to contact their representatives and/or take part in marches/rallies than to use social media for cause support.
They ask for more from celebrities.
While millennials are as dazzled by celebrity as anyone else, they demand more from the people they admire than any previous generation. They want celebrities--from actors and musicians to business leaders and politicians--to use their platforms for good. Millennials are asking for more representation in the media and they want social issues to remain hot topics of discussion.
While non-communication is a problem for some, millennials are always connected to their friends, family, or coworkers through a wide range of apps and devices. This allows millennials to communicate anytime, anyplace, and they often do--sending texts, tweets, and email messages; posting to Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat; and using their phones for voice calls, FaceTime, Skype, and much more.
They're everyday changemakers.
Millennials exhibit social good in small acts they perform every day: making an impulsive point-of-sale donation, bidding in an online charity auction, getting their friends together for a bike ride for charity, purchasing a product that supports its indigenous maker or from a company that shares its profits to help fill a need (or avoiding one that doesn't), and making socially responsible investments designed to bring about a social good the investor supports.