As millennials, we represent the largest and most diverse generation in American history. We are a progressive group of individuals that seeks to have our voices heard. Unfortunately, there are endless pitfalls in the ways we choose to conduct our lives.
Our crazy party antics do not make for the best representation of our group as a whole, which is why Gen-Y will not be able to handle political or government positions in the future. As much as we think we can handle anything that comes our way, taking responsibility for others’ well being — well come on — you think we can handle that?
Let’s take a look at the 10 reasons why we are not suitable to be politicians:
1. Sex Scandals
In an increasingly promiscuous society and a country where divorce rates are at 50%, do you really think our generation will be able to escape any sort of sex scandals? People are obsessed with sex and we all saw how well that worked out for Bill Clinton. Your past will always catch up with you. You know that fling you thought no one knew about? It will most likely resurface if you even make it to a congressional race.
Sex tapes aren’t even accidental releases anymore. People these days (cough Farrah Abraham) are actively seeking out partners because at that moment they think this is a smart idea. Good luck, years down the road when you actually want to do something productive with your life and you have this haunting your every move.
2. Social Media
Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Vine, we like to document each and every little thing that goes on in our lives. This is detrimental for an office candidate because that line of coke you thought was funny to videotape will now be made public information. Anything you document on the Internet has a way of resurfacing, no matter how many times you think you’ve deleted it.
Do you really think America wants to vote for someone who they can Google doing keg stands on the front porch of a frat house? Or shotgunning beers at a tailgate? No, I think not. Until we realize that uploading every action we make onto social media isn’t a good idea, our pasts will come back to haunt us at any given opportunity.
We are a spoon-fed generation that has grown accustomed to having everything delivered to us at the snap of a finger. We don’t understand the concept of working above the bare minimum. We relish our 9-5 careers, whereas a government official is always on the clock. What if Obama stopped working at 5? What state do you think the country would be in then?
4. No Attention Span
With the constant evolution of technology, our attention is continuously divided amongst a variety of things. When was the last time you saw someone watch television without their phone or iPad in hand? We are an ADD generation that cannot focus on one task at a time. We spend our lives multitasking.
When you are not completely focused on one thing at a time, you become distracted, and distractions lead to mistakes. People with important governmental roles cannot afford to make mistakes. They need to be fully immersed and invested in the task at hand in order to ensure the greatest results.
5. Probably Would Give Up
When sh*t gets hard, millennials don’t tend to stick around for too long. We lack the motivation previous generations once had and as a result give up when things aren’t going our way. Why take the hard road when the easy road will get us the same payout? If we put in work, we expect results. However, when these results are non-existent, we become discouraged and as a result give up on the task at hand.
Remember when the world made a huge deal out of Obama smoking weed? It went the same for G.W. Bush. Weed is the least of Gen-Y’s worries, considering we pop Molly on the regular. All someone has to do is creep through your Facebook and/or Instagram to find a suspicious picture of you rolling at a house concert. If you thought weed didn’t fly, it sure as hell is going to be a lot worse for ecstasy users.
Our ADD generation is exceedingly impulsive. We never stop to think through what the consequences of our actions truly are. We see something that we believe to be a good idea and we engage in it. Whether it’s a sexual encounter, drug usage or an out of control party — we thrive on it. Why? Because we are thrill seekers, always looking at the next fun activity we can immerse ourselves in. Someone offers you a free drink or free drug, chances are you aren’t going to turn it down.
We want results and we want them now. For the most part, millennials have no patience when trying to achieve success. We expect to see results after working for a year out of college. We don’t want to put in all the hard work to wait years before we can see the outcomes of our efforts.
9. Little To No Experience
With the job market as it is and how it has been, recent graduates are not getting jobs as fast as they expected. As a result, they are not gaining the experience they would need in order to run for an office position. Until they are able to gain the necessary experience, there is essentially no hope for these people. By the time they garner enough experience, it may be too late for them.
According to The Daily Beast, indebted parents are not leaving their jobs, forcing younger people to put careers on hold. Since 2008, the percentage of the workforce under 25 has dropped 13.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while that of people over 55 has risen by 7.6 percent.
“Employers are often replacing entry-level positions meant for graduates with people who have more experience because the pool of applicants is so much larger. Basically when unemployment goes up, it disenfranchises the younger generation because they are the least qualified.”
10. Lack of Motivation
Money is not enough to motivate millennials. The reason we take on jobs we hate is to sustain a lifestyle where we can party all night and have as much fun as possible. Our priorities are completely out of whack. Money is only a means to continue to do what we want. We work the bare minimum to take home that paycheck every Friday.
This cannot be the mentality of a person who wishes to obtain a place in office whatsoever. This type of person needs to be intrinsically motivated by providing for the greater good.
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