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Challenging the Negative Stereotypes of Millennials and Generation Z

According to the assumptions of many members of the general public and the media, Millennials and Generation Z are represented as being lazy, entitled and sensitive, but I really think that such generalisations are inaccurate and petty. It has been going on throughout time, where earlier generations would patronise younger generations, all for the sake of making them seem more knowledgeable and wise just because they are older. At the same time, it is because of jealousy, because younger generations are constantly being exposed to further updated facts on global affairs, scientific evidence and technology, since they were educated at a young age on such topics, enabling them to grasp a realistic idea on what the real world will offer them in the current day, and to prepare them with knowledge they could apply to life and their futures. If schools fail to follow through with innovation, they would not be able to provide students with accurate information on how to integrate with present day societal norms, which would most likely cause them to struggle when it comes to determining what is appropriate and what is inappropriate in terms of communicating with others, and become unprepared to act on realistic scenarios which could occur in both present and future society.


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"When I was your age, I didn't splurge money on avocado toast, and that's why I could save up for a house" is one of the most ridiculous things that I come across while browsing on social media. The housing crisis is predominantly caused by a shortage of housing being available to the increasing population, otherwise known as a supply and demand issue, as well as the fact that the rich are buying up property to invest in for their own financial benefit. The median house in Sydney costs $1.5 million dollars as of July 2023, and this is really difficult and unrealistic for many younger generations to afford, since their salaries cannot cope with the monthly mortgage repayments they need to fork out for. This is going to sound depressing, but sadly, it is true, that the average household income required to afford a home in suburban Sydney during 2023, would sit around $250,000 per annum. Most of the money contributes towards paying off the mortgage, and the majority of the remainder goes to necessities like groceries, bills, insurance and medicine. Most households do not make that much money, and $250,000 is an insane amount of money. While housing affordability, rental prices, and the overall cost of living is rising, wages are remaining stagnant despite desperate calls on increasing them to cater for these situations.


Another major problem younger generations, as well future generations, will have to struggle with, is the severe effects of climate change, which is going to severely impact them as they become older. We experienced abnormally warm climate patterns this Winter, and this is downright strange because Winter is generally supposed to be freezing cold, but this year around, it was warm, even for someone who is sensitive to the cold like me. Our country experienced a recent string of alarming events where severe weather events occurred, including the Black Summer Bushfires in 2019-2020, La Nina which caused all Summer to rain heavily everyday in 2020-2021, and now this year's unusually warm Winter caused by El Nino. This is the beginning of the lingering effects of climate change, and I am afraid of what my generation and future generations will deal with later on, as these events are becoming the new normal. For those who are denying that climate change is happening, I really hope you can change your mind and start taking this issue seriously, since it is going to affect everyone regardless of whereabouts in the world you live and how much money you have.


We are trying our best to overcome the challenges we are facing in the current world where achieving the dream of owning a home while simultaneously being able to live a comfortable life and retain a stable job that is able to accommodate to these expenses, is really uncertain. Millennials and Generation Z are educated folks who have accomplished a lot of groundbreaking achievements such as showing acceptance for the LGBTQIA+ community, raising awareness for racial justice, bringing climate change to full attention and demanding for immediate climate action, and opening up about mental health as a topic that should be taken seriously. I am proud to be Gen Z, because I am part of the generational cohort who has achieved a lot of spectacular things. Show us love and respect.




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