There are some things that are wrong with the millennial and generation Z. I am referring to Millenials(1881-1996) and Generation Z (1997 – 2012). Here are 5 bad attributes of the Nigerian millennials and Gen Z that I have noticed from study and research.
Lack of comprehension
There’s a reason our English Language teachers taught us comprehension passages in school. Textbooks had different comprehension passages. We would read the passages and answer the questions. This was to assess our comprehension ability and to check if we understood the passages. We have comprehension issues in this generation. We don’t take time to comprehend and understand a topic or issue before jumping to a conclusion. It is very glaring on social media.
If you want to confirm this, post a write-up written by someone else and include the name of the author of the piece. 90% of the comments will show you that people think you are the writer of the piece. Depending on the content of the piece, they will either attack you or commend you.
Lack of depth on Important issues
Another of the bad attributes of the Nigerian millennials and Gen Z is the lack of intellectual depth. Aside from sex, football or partisan politics, you can hardly have a deep or intelligent discussion with many members of this generation on any issue. If you create content on the economy, infrastructure, society, personal development etc, you will only find a few informed comments from Millenials.
There are certain things a graduate should know, there’s a certain pattern of thinking you will expect from a literate person but sadly if you put the average graduate side by side with a motor park tout who didn’t have the privilege of going to school, you will find not much difference in character, thought pattern, words and behaviour. This calls into question the quality of education our undergraduates are receiving.
They say sex sells and this is the reality of millennials. The fastest way to get attention, popularity and become a celebrity today is to be involved in sex scandals or be courageous enough to post nude or semi-nude images of yourself online and have a reputation for sexual rascality. More than 60% of online content are centred on sex.
Millennials are very knowledgeable when it comes to issues of achieving sexual pleasure and fulfilment, this is the reason a lot of them are venturing into the area of sexual therapy and are becoming professional sex therapists.
If you want to check how sex sells, post an update today claiming to be in possession of a sex tape of an individual, ask people to drop their WhatsApp numbers to get the video. If you don’t have thousands of people dropping their WhatsApp numbers and begging you to forward the video to them, you can disregard everything I have written.
Overt Political Partisanship
Two years ago, I stopped getting involved in political discussions and arguments with people of my generation. I realized that they are not interested in politics as a tool for good governance, rather they are only interested in politics for what they can get for their stomach.
Affiliations and blind loyalty to political parties and political lords is seen as the only means of achieving financial and political success by many millenials. That is why if you have a contrary opinion and ask them to state exactly what their candidate has to offer, they will resort to abuses and blackmail. This brings us to the next point.
Intolerance of dissenting views
This generation is so intolerant of contrary opinions. The moment you raise an alternative point of view, you are seen as an enemy and a hater who must be destroyed by abuse, insults, propaganda and blackmail. This is the reason we have armies of e-warriors, e-bullies and blackmailers online. Their toxicity can be traced to lack of proper parental upbringing, drug addiction, low self-esteem issues and poverty. This is one of the bad attributes of the Nigerian millennials and Gen Z.
I have never seen a more narcissistic generation. Millenials revel in praise and adulation with emphasis on their physical look. The commendation is like a breath of air for them. Having people fawning over them makes their world go round. This is why people will go to a wedding ceremony and post 20 pictures of themselves to get likes and comments without posting any picture of the couple. This is why an entrepreneur who is just two months old in business will be collecting Entrepreneur Of The Year awards all over the place. That is why people can no longer make posts and express their thoughts without adding a carefully edited and polished image of themselves to attract likes.
Outsourcing of thinking and opinion formation to religious and celebrity figures
A lot of millennials have outsourced their thinking to their religious leaders and the celebrities they follow on Instagram. Some people cannot make any statement or engage in any conversation without using the “my pastor says” line. Millennials follow these figures blindly and in the process lose their individuality and uniqueness. Their lives and daily activities are woven around these figures.
They elevate these figures into superhumans, gods and infallible beings whose words and actions cannot and must not be questioned. Some of these religious leaders and celebrities cash in on this and carefully build a personality cult around themselves, exploiting their followers in the process.
All of these bad attributes of the Nigerian millennials and Gen Z can be solved through mentorship by members of the older generation but unfortunately only very few people in the older generation have the large heart and capacity to do this.
*Also read Understanding the Nigerian millennial*