Are You A SPECIAL Snowflake?
As if millennials needed another issue to deal with, right?
Somewhere in between the two political earthquakes of 2016 (otherwise known as Brexit and Trump) evolved yet another nickname for us millennials: snowflakes – a cohort of fragile Generation Ys, mollycoddled by helicopter parenting, lacking in resilience and unable to handle the world.
With 86 per cent of millennials currently exhibiting signs of a quarter-life crisis, it’s not hard to spot a snowflake. We’re the ones with, on average, almost £3,000 of outstanding debt – and that’s before you consider mortgages (most of us won’t be able to afford one until we’re at least 30, by which time we’ll have spent £53,000 on rent) and student loans (which two-thirds of us will never be able to pay off).
The millennial misery continues. We earn 20 per cent less than baby boomers did at our age and a quarter of us will run out of money each month. We’re known as the ‘social media generation’, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Last Christmas, millennials were twice as likely as the elderly to spend the festive period alone. What’s more, after the ‘revenge porn’ law – which criminalised the activity of sharing private sexually explicit images or video without the subject’s consent – came into force in April 2015, 1,160 people came forward in the following eight months, the majority of whom were aged between 20 and 29. So should we be surprised that British millennials have the second worst mental health in the world? ‘Developing a thick skin helps us handle the current challenges we face daily,’ says life coach Gary Amers. ‘It isn’t a bad thing. We can all learn from each other and benefit from different approaches. Millennials are a fantastic generation of entrepreneurs, innovators, creative talent and positive energy, but that’s not to say they can’t learn from the resourcefulness and patience of other generations too.’ In fact, we’re calling for an official end to the term ‘special snowflake’. Sure, we’ve got a lot on our plates, but we should be scrapping the label and championing the huge number of achievements that make millennials awesome instead. We’re known to be anxious, but through campaigns and social media, we recognise – like no other generation before us – the importance of speaking openly and honestly about mental health. It’s no surprise that in a 2010 survey, millennials reported that one of their top three priorities was helping others. We’re ambitious, too: some 67 per cent of us would like to start our own business and almost three-quarters of non-millennials agree that we bring invaluable skills to the job market. In short, millennials are changing the world. If you ask us, that makes us ice queens rather than snowflakes…
A thick skin helps us handle the challenges we face daily