In recent years, the media landscape has been particularly harsh toward Millennials. Whether Millennials are at school, in the workplace, or at home, their behavior is confounding older generations—prompting many to label this generation as entitled, narcissistic, and lazy. But most of these widely held views betray ignorance about who Millennials really are.
CW interviewed Saeculum Research Founder and President Neil Howe to set the record straight on who Millennials are and why they act the way they do. Below is the first part of a two-part interview. Here, we focus on four common criticisms of Millennials—antisocial behavior, risk-taking, excessive individualism, and narcissism.
CW: So what are people saying about Millennials today?
NH: These days the headlines about Millennials are hard to read. I recently watched an interview with author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek, who labeled Millennials as “entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused, and lazy.” He argues that Millennials have been told from a young age that they could have anything they wanted, even if they didn’t deserve it. He also contends that their addiction to…