Millennials, think about how you use social media. How does it look to the Baby Boomer generation? How does it help or hurt your credibility and professionalism? How does your entitled attitude help or hurt you in the job market?
Millennials identify as being confident, connected, and competitive because they are more global, more connected, more resilient, more self-reliant, and more adaptive than any previous generation. Their positive outlook can be attributed to pragmatic idealism, which is defined as a strong commitment to actionable and realizable goals that can be reached in practical increments. This mindset can be seen during the 2008 McCain-Obama presidential election and later during the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement. As part of their goal-setting, Millennials are also determined to take meaningful action, making them passionate about sustainable, pragmatic social activism that fits into their busy, multifaceted lives.
For more information about Millennials' perks view PBS’ 2010 Newshour report.
Millennials come equipped with skills and attitudes, and they want to use these opportunities to find the right balance for the multiple obligations that fill their busy schedules. In order to obtain employment in difficult job market, Millennials are always busy with constant networking, continuous professional development, and persistent creativity. Typically, most of these tasks are done using some form of technology not because Millennials are lazy, but because as digital natives, Millennials are more prone to express their views online, connect online, and communicate online, making them more open to innovative possibilities that get published on a large, globalized scale.
Social media, for these reasons, becomes the great leveler that equalizes access to culture, politics, and social justice. Logically then, millennials rely on technology:
- to make life easier
- to access information quickly
- to play a greater role in political activism
- to create a more efficient use of time, and
- to develop closer bonds between friends and family.
Information’s free flow, social media’s vast transparency, and technology’s inclusiveness creates an innovative spark interspersed with millennials’ personal, academic, political, and professional lives.
As a result, these easily personalized, customized, and individualized tools foster the Millennial generation’s resourceful spirit. Social media’s innovative qualities coincide with the principles of active engagement, group work, opportunities for feedback from a wide audience, and the connection of knowledge from a host of areas.