One of the reasons that Millennials stand out so much to other generations is because they are very technologically savvy. Unfortunately, that doesn’t typically come across as an admirable quality. If you are technologically savvy, then you must also be rude, unable to focus, and nonsocial. Of course this isn’t true, but that is how it comes across to older generations.
I remember a particular time sitting in a doctor’s office waiting for an appointment to start and a gentleman sitting across from me said something along the lines of, “You can never put it down can you?” gesturing towards my phone. Now, older generations don’t annoy me because I understand that they have grown up in a different time, but why then, did my use of my cell phone annoy him? “It’s a work day, and I can get work done here from my phone instead of mindlessly flipping through a magazine” I said gesturing to his magazine.
Our conversation went on for a few minutes with him stating multiple times that this or that was what was wrong with my generation. Here is the thing that most older generations don’t understand, we were born to this life. Since I was a kid I have always been able to go home and remain connected to my friends, my school, online communities and now my job.
Being constantly connected may not seem normal, but it is all that we, the Millennials, have ever known. It does not mean that I’m distracted from whats happening around me, on the contrary, Millennials have been proven to be great at multi tasking because we have always had that distraction. So maybe, our use of cell phones is not a burden, but a gift.