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   It is rare that a day goes by wherein a member of an earlier generation (the Baby Boomers, Generation X) does not complain about the bleakness of the future world because Millennials can’t seem to put down their phones long enough to fix the economy, reverse climate change, and pay the rent all before finishing their morning caramel macchiato.

   The responsibilities given to the current generation, who are seen as the future of society, have always been steep. There was a time when the Baby Boomers were tasked with fixing all the problems ailing the world at the time. Nothing against Baby Boomers, but look how well that turned out.

   As the generations go by, each begins to expect the emerging one to rectify the mistakes they made in trying to fix the errors of the previous generation, who were caught up in their own mending frenzy over the generation before them, and the never-ending cycle continues. The pressure felt by Millennials to not ruin the future is far from being new.

   However, with the creation of technology and everything it entails, the world is looking more and more different with each passing year on a far grander scale than ever before, leading to a need for greater changes than were necessary for the past.

   Most Millennials grew up with some form of technology, whether it be a Walkman or an iPhone, but for the most part, people of this generation are fairly technology savvy. Many argue that this has lead to a culture of bad communication skills and narcissistic tendencies. Social media is a primary instigator of debate on the topic of Millennials and their supposed laziness, materialism, and narcissism. Now, because we tweet and post selfies on Instagram, we are branded as the aforementioned stereotypes that our parents think will bring about the end of society as we know it. They may be right, but not necessarily in a negative sense.

  This generation is growing up with significantly lower self-esteem than previous generations, “through no fault of their own” says Simon Sinek, author, and specialist on the topic of Millennials. We have grown up getting medals for participation and hearing from our parents that anything is possible, so when we fail or when we encounter roadblocks, our immediate response is to shut down and wallow in self-doubt. We then turn to social media.

  Our reliance on affirmation from our Twitter followers or Facebook friends is a handicap at best, which causes us to become addicted to the feeling we get when someone likes a post or sends a message of encouragement. We post a selfie when our self-esteem is low to be assured that what we feel is only in our heads.

  But at the same time, and what our parents fail to recognize, is that there is a certain power behind the selfie. We may only feel instant gratification when we see how many likes or retweets we get, but it does make us feel better about ourselves, even for a moment. Selfies have launched a self-love campaign that is more pervasive and successful than any of its kind.

  We may rely heavily on our cell phones. We may feel the need to be on social media. But these are simply parts of modern society. There would be no modern world as we know it without the advances in technology that have brought us to this point and that will propel us further into the future.

  We may be a generation of low self-esteem, but we are also on our way to being the most educated generation. If given the chance and if provided with the skills needed to be successful in this world, not the world of 20 years ago, Millennials have a real shot at making a difference in a society where the odds are already stacked against us.

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