Millennials – the generation gap between us
Now we already know the Millennial generation is currently aged between 18-19 years old and 34-35 years old. It may seem that we were all born in the same period, but let’s face it – there is a big difference between the older Millennials and the younger ones. Basically the older ones where born sometime during the 1980s, and the younger ones were born in the mid 1990s. So when we see a generation gap between young people who are in the same generation let’s talk about what the older Millennials have done that impresses the young ones. First of all surviving Y2K. The young adults born in the mid-1990s were way too young to understand the fuss about the year 2000, while the older ones survived the panic attacks at New Year’s Eve and lived to tell the tale of the superb parties that marked the beginning of the new Millennium. The oldies among the Millennials also had front-row seats to the rise of the Internet. And while they observed this new era of human history being created – they managed to adopt the digital era like they were born in it. Let’s not forget that the older generation survived all the transformations in fashion that one can imagine. They were also open-minded enough to elect the first black president of the US. And let’s give them some applause for getting through the biggest economic crisis and being able to get a job between 2008 and 2013. Last but not least – the older Millennials truly show understanding for all the outrageous things the younger ones tend to do these days.
Originally published at Bustle.com.
Youth being unplugged
We are back to surveys! This week we have decided to present to you a survey that is suitable for this time of year and the temperatures youth, at least in Europe, is facing these days. The survey is about whether people can be unplugged. That sounds ridiculous, but what it actually means is – can people turn off their smartphones and laptops – and be unplugged from their social media profiles at least during their vacations. Now I know you assume that the Millennials did badly on this survey as we constantly hear complaints about our being addicted to our phones, but there is a twist. The Millennials, according to the results of this survey, conducted by Intel Security, are more likely to be unplugged than Generation X. So we beat them at this one too. Take some time to exult. Only 37 per cent of people between 40 and 50 years old stated that they could stay away from their devices while on vacation in comparison to 49 per cent of all Millennials who are remaining unplugged while on vacation. Let’s celebrate this small victory of our generation by doing exactly so – being completely unplugged during our vacations and devoting our free time to ourselves, our friends, families, or partners.
Originally published at CNET.com.
Indigenous youth of Canada solving the water crisis
A few weeks back we wrote about the troubles that Indigenous Millennials in Canada are facing. We promised to keep an eye on this subject, and today we present to you a success story from Canada about Indigenous youth, and it could affect the entire world. That is our kind of success story! Nico Suggashie, aged 24, prevented a boil water advisory in the Poplar Hill First Nation in northern Ontario. He started working in this field after finishing his education and not being able to find a job. He was trained to operate water treatment plants, and one cannot deny he does it very well. The program he attended, we don’t need to emphasize, was a huge success – ending three out of four boil water advisories. The background story of this inspiring program is not so inspiring – the water treatment plants on which Nico is currently working were installed during the 1990s, but no one was trained to operate them. Today, Nico is just one among the many young people who are helping Canada to solve its water crisis, and we must show our admiration and support for him as well as the program. We will keep an eye on future inspiring stories about Indigenous youth from around the world who are saving our planet.
Originally published at News.vice.com.
Yoga updated for Millennials
Some of you may know, but most probably don’t, that the 21st of June was the International Day of Yoga. With a nod to that occasion, let’s consider how we can benefit from this ancient Indian spiritual practice. Now we won’t give you a lecture about how Yoga is good for both body and mind. Instead let’s look at how people are working to popularize Yoga among the young. Did you know that there are more than a hundred mobile apps for yoga? Don’t take my word for it, just google it. Besides creating apps that can guide you in practicing this technique, people have also started using memes both to celebrate the International Day of Yoga and to spread the word on the benefits of practicing it on a daily basis.
Originally published at TimesOfIndia.
African youth demanding peace
We can end this week’s news section with another survey. This one is a decidedly youth-kind-of survey – it was conducted using a messaging tool called U-Report, and it addressed major issues that youth wants to see resolved ASAP, as we reported last week. The survey was sent to 1.4 million users in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Central African Republic, Senegal, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, and Guinea. The targeted group for this survey was mostly Millennials – to be exact, youth between 15 and 30 years old. The results are in – and 70 per cent stated that they think that African leaders are not doing enough to stop the conflicts and crises in Africa. Fifty-six per cent believe that politicians’ fighting for power is the main background of conflicts in this part of the world, and 24 per cent believe that strong economies are the best way to prevent conflicts. Agenda 2063 urges ending all conflicts by 2020, and let’s face it: the year 2020 is right around the corner. Young people in Africa are standing up and raising their voices to demand a brighter future for them and for the generations to come. It is time for African leaders to practice what they preach.
Originally published at UNICEF.org.