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Welfare is defined as “the health, happiness and fortunes of a person or a group.” It is also defined as “financial support given to people in need.” The one word that stand

By: Chelsea Davis-Bibb, M.Ed.

s out in the second definition is given. We live in a society where a lot of people (not all) feel as if everything should be given to them. In spite of all the generations, it seems as though the millennial generation has their hand out expecting everything to be handed to them which I define as having a “welfare mentality.”  This “welfare mentality” mindset didn’t just happen overnight, but has slowly evolved over time.

The Millennial generation ranges approximately from 1980 to 1999 (13-32), and according the US. Census Bureau, the Millennials have surmounted Baby Boomers as the largest living generation (80 million).

The Millennial generation is known to be the most unique, diverse, and the most technological advanced generation. According to The Millennial Research Review by The US Chamber Foundation, “Most consistent is that this generation is technically savvy, almost as if it has a digital sixth sense. A wired, connected world is all that Millennials have ever known.” The research indicated that this generation is full of self-expression with 75% creating a profile on a social networking site, and 20% posting a video of themselves online.

Technology is a blessing and a curse, but I believe that technology has made some of the millennial generation lazy, impatient, entitled, and ungrateful. Technology has made a lot of things easy and convenient that some people expect those same characteristics to be applied to our everyday livelihood including the professional world. With a click of a button, we can order anything and can expect a delivery the next day.  We can even order our groceries online and can pick them up curbside, or order from a restaurant that doesn’t even deliver, but UberEats and other companies will bring it to you just to name a few. Whatever your heart desires can be deemed possible with just a click of a button. However, when it comes to getting a job and moving up in whatever field you are working in, it doesn’t happen with just a click of a button. It takes patience, perseverance, hard work, commitment, and dedication.

As a Millennial myself, I grew up with old school parents who always told me that “this world we live in don’t owe you anything.” With that in mind, they instilled in me that the only way to make something of myself is solely through hard work. Hard work is a characteristic that can’t be taught. An individual can look up to someone who is hard working, but in order to obtain that same trait, it is something that they must find within themselves. Even as a school teacher, I have seen and experienced the effects that technology has made upon this generation, which still leaves the question, “Do Millennials have a welfare mentality?”

There are just a few things that this generation, and other generations should know.

The world doesn’t owe you anything – if you have your hand out, put it away. If you want something in life, don’t expect someone else to do it for you, go after it yourself.

Develop meaningful relationships- many people have thousands of friends on Facebook and Instagram, but how many of those people do they actually know? Take time to develop true friends outside of social media. Technology has changed the way that we communicate with other people, which has left many people not knowing how to build meaningful relationships.

 Be patient- everything doesn’t happen overnight, and success is a long journey that is filled with many challenges. If we learn to embrace those challenges and learn from the lessons that an individual can pick up along the way, you could have a better chance of finding self-fulfillment as well as success.

Put technology away- our phones and social media can be very addicting. It’s okay to put your phone away and to stay off of social media. They aren’t bad, but too much of it, like any other addictions, can be unhealthy. You will be surprised what your life could be like or what you may find or create if you leave your phone alone for a while.

Avoid narcissism- narcissism is defined as “ inordinate fascination with oneself.” 

A lot of our blessings come from helping others. This world that we live in often lacks compassion for others because some people are focused on their own self. Don’t hesitate to lend a helping hand and watch what blessings may come your way.

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