identity vs stereotype Kirsten Neely, Taylor Brantmeier, Weston Sanders

millennials are the generation born from around the late 1980's to early 2000's. They are becoming the largest generation in the world's workforce, making up 75% by the year 2030 (WIRed.com)
From the video, we can gather that millennials are seen as lazy, apathetic, too attached to technology, consumed by shallow online social lives, see no value in human connection, and think the world revolves around themselves. However, most millennials don't like identifying themselves as millennials.
Millennials use the internet and technology as tools in the modern world. Although they seem attached, many millennials use the internet for modern communication. Examples of this include Establishing and maintaining meaningful friendships, relationships, and connections Through social media and other networking sites. People Can also make new friends through social media by showcasing their interests and hobbies to find people who have things in common with them. More professional networking sites such as LinkedIn allow millennials (and other generations) to connect with other students, professors, and professionals in their field of interest; Opening the door for internships and jobs that they would not have otherwise been able to find.
With the use of technology millennials are becoming more inventive and efficient. Google docs, prezi’s, and other websites that allows multiple people to be connected on one project help students work on assignments and projects without requiring meeting up with one another in person.
Another example of the way millennials are communicating, in regards with food is that they share recipes and diets with social media and blogs. Food trucks and pop up restaurants also utilize social media platforms to reach out to millennials for marketing, this allows them to reach a broader audience.
Conclusion: Reason why society should put millennials in a stereotype. The millennial identity can not be conclusively defined because the millennial generation is still growing and developing. Millennials’ use of technology is changing how people communicate today through the internet and social media. Millennials have grown up with technology, therefore they are more prone to use it as a resource to solve problems.

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"3 Biggest Stereotypes About 18-34 Year-Olds" AJplus.net. Youtube.com. Nov 18, 2014. Web. April 12, 2017.

Gilpin, Lyndsey. “10 ways technology is changing our food” TechRepublic.com. May 13, 2014. Web. Mar 1 2017.

"Millennials Are Not Sitting Idle." Adulting Coming of Age in 21st Century America. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.

"What Moves the Millennials? The Real Reason Behind Their Migration." The HireAHelper Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.

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