To answer this question, we must separate the differences between feeling entitled and “being” entitled. I think it’s rather obvious that the majority of millennials, that is young people born in the late ’80s and throughout the ’90s definitely “feel” entitled, or else I wouldn’t be asking this question. But are they actually entitled to anything that say, for example, Baby Boomers aren’t? Once again there is an obvious answer: HECK NO!!!!
Why is that? Because, like Jesus himself said, we reap what we sow, and if a millennial doesn’t sow anything, then they rightly deserve nothing. And that goes for every generation throughout history. There are scientific reasons why millenials feel so entitled to receive good things without working for them, and that’s because most of them have grown up in an environment of instant gratification. They’ve become addicted to instant results, and don’t understand the fact that anything worth doing in life requires patience and decades of hard work, not just a tweet or an Instagram post. The word “Instagram” itself implies something instant, and this is what young people are so used to receiving–EVERYTHING INSTANTLY!
Don’t believe me? Here’s a list of all the things young people get instantly today that Baby Boomers didn’t:
- Messages in the mail
- Photos off the camera
- Answers to their every question via Google
- I think I’ve proved my point
Millennials may be entitled to opportunities, but their not entitled to the results you get after taking advantage of those opportunities. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m proud of many millenials out there who understand this and they, believe it or not, work harder than most Baby Boomers have, and in this Age of Information they rise to incredible heights. Selling items online takes hard work to do it right and thousands of young millionaires are enjoying the benefits of knowing that they’re not entitled to anything they don’t work towards.
I wrote this for old people who are trying to understand why kids today can be such pricks, and also for young people themselves who wonder why they’re so dissatisfied with life after college. Guess what, Mr and Mrs Young Person, if you want satisfaction other than likes on your Facebook post, you got to get up early and work, work, work. Find joy in the process of working towards your dream, and satisfaction will surely come!
Thanks for allowing me to get this off my chest! This was a guest post by Ashley Simpson.