TIME Magazine: Help! My Parents Are Millennials! by Katy Steinmetz

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Hey Kaytures! This past week I read an article about millennials! Of course me being a millennial (a person born in the late 70s to the late 90s) I wanted to read it. I also had wrote a ten page paper for a psychology class on whether millennials are more self absorbed then the  previous generations. I usually do not read TIME magazine but the cover story caught my attention when my mom took it out the mailbox.  It was a relatively long six page article but very interesting.

The title itself had a negative connotation (it did say “Help”). I was already prepared for the writer to say that there was something wrong with this generation’s parents. Surprisingly the article was more factual than opinionated. It had a lot of numerical data and graphs. Various surveys and interviews had also been done. The article discussed that parents are teaching children to be themselves and be open to new things. Millennials allow their children to have more of a say in choices that the family makes. Steinmetz argues that google is raising children because parents mostly look to google and blogs on google for answers to their parenting questions. For example a mother needed to find out what was the best pediatrician for her child to go to. Instead of just asking around like people would have done twenty years ago, she just looked to goggle and she could find out what medical school the doctor went to. There’s access to more information.

The main focus was the impact of social media on millennial parenting. They found that social media actually causes pressure to be the perfect mom. Social media provides a door for bragging what parents and children do and how great the parents’ children are.  Social media only captures the good moments that parents want you to see of their family. They do not capture the bad moments that come along with parenting. This sparks competition between mothers. In the article it is called “mom-petition”. This struck up an argument in my head because there are stay at home moms and dads. The article even started out following a millennial stay at home dad. Why does it only focus on the women competing with each other. Why is it only women wanting to be the “perfect mom” and how come they do not mention the dads wanting to be the “perfect dad”? A followup article could be do dads feel pressure to show social media that they are the perfect dad.

Lastly, they predict the affects of children being raised by millennials. They say that they will have multiple identities (their life on social media and their private independent life). Which is interesting because I thought that people twenty years ago had multiple identities too (their home life and their work life). Let me know what you guys thought of the article down below in the comment section!

You can read the article here if you are a TIME magazine subscriber.

~ Kay ❤

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