Millennials, especially those born in the 1980s and early ‘90s, have rapidly assimilated new technologies at an unprecedented pace. This connection allows us to join together and adapt to new challenges faster than ever before. Access to the Internet allows people to plan massive socio-political movements at the drop of a hat, learn about new concepts and cultures, and understand more about ourselves and each other in record time.
The older generations begrudge so-called dependence on technology and social media channels, but these resources have allowed younger generations to learn from each other and adapt to new challenges faster than ever before. In particular, social media giants Facebook and Tumblr have spread the word about recognizing emotional abuse and its subsequent effects on mental health and behavior, inspiring the younger generations to take back agency and power. For every injustice someone experiences, they can find someone else to say, “Me too. You are not alone.” This rising tide of a younger generation has the Boomers a little spooked – and rightly so. We’re all grown up and not backing down.
The unrelenting tide of young adults standing up for themselves is culminating in a massive societal change. We’re experiencing a watershed moment of disenfranchised people standing up, holding their ground, and saying not simply “no,” but “hell no!” to everything from sexual harassment to emotional abuse to wrongful termination at work. We will not be silenced, no matter how much they try to keep us quiet.