Millennials given less-than-flattering title
SARASOTA COUNTY - “Crapping on Millennials is the number one thing to do," says Cassie Rhodes.
29-year-old Rhodes admits she’s taking a new study’s results pegging Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) as the loneliest generation with a grain of salt.
Research released by global data company YouGov finds 30% of surveyed Millennials say they always or often feel lonely in comparison to 20% of Generation X’s and 15% of Baby Boomers.
"I don’t remember not having a computer; I don’t remember not going online. So, you spend a lot of your time online and less doing things with people," says Rhodes.
Classified as the “social media generation,” Millennials often find themselves trying to delicately balance online versus in person connections. “I don’t think it’s fair to characterize a whole generation as lonely. If you feel lonely assess yourself and do something about it, if you can," says Rhodes.
Certified women’s coach specializing in friendship and communication, and Millennial herself, Danielle Bayard Jackson says human interaction for her generation is more important now than ever.
“We grew up in the age where we experienced life before and after social media. Ironically we feel connected on social media, but it does the opposite. So, we’re looking at our friends and their socials outings and their family and comparing it with us sitting alone in our living room," says Jackson.
Jackson’s solution for combating these feelings is a seemingly simple one. “So remembering that it’s something that’s temporary and it’s fleeting and it’s not a mark of who you are," suggests Jackson.
Maybe check in on your friends in person, Millennials, but, text them first.