Calling a Millennial a 'Snowflake' is nothing new. In fact, it has become a common name in America to refer to young adults who are easily offended.
According to a study conducted by United Kingdom insurance company Aviva, Millennials believe referring to them as "snowflakes" is not only rude but detrimental to their mental health.
About the Study
The study found that 72 percent of 16 to 24-year-olds found the term to be applied unfairly, while 74 percent think it has a negative impact on their mental well-being.
Dr. Doug Wright, who oversaw the study, explained their findings:
Our findings suggest that young adults are more likely to be experiencing mental health problems, so using a phrase which criticises this age group could add to this issue.
Any term used disparagingly to a segment of the population is inherently negative.
While young adults in particular appear to take offense to the ‘snowflake’ label, the majority of adults agree that the term is unfair and unhelpful, so it’s important that people consider how such labels are used, and the cumulative effect they could have on their recipients.
What This Study Really Means
This study is the epitome of snowflake-ism.
I'm a Millennial and I'm so tired of my peers who are constantly offended by everything. If you voted for Trump, that's offensive. If you say you're a Christian, that's offensive. If you drive a nicer car than someone else, that's offensive.
My generation has been taught to take into account everyone's feelings over facts. We no longer say prayer in schools or the Pledge of Allegiance because it might offend someone. We can't say Merry Christmas. We have to say Happy Holidays.
This study points out one major problem with our America today: we're losing all of the things that made us so great. Our freedom of religion is gone. Our freedom of expression has been nixed. Every one of us has been expected to be so mindful of other people's feelings that we're expected to live politically correct lives.
Baby Boomers, this is your fault.
You raised my generation to be selfish. You were so worried about spoiling your children and giving them everything they wanted that you forgot to instill the most important value we, as humans, can have: morality. You were so busy making sure little Harry got the nicest video game and little Sally got the latest and greatest doll out there. You were so busy buying your child's affection that you taught them that they can demand whatever it is they want. And now, their latest demand is to quit calling them a 'snowflake' for being an entitled, egotistical person.
My generation gets so offended by everything that their being offended is now deemed a mental health issue. And again, this all goes right back to how they were brought up. They were told they were the most important person in the world, that they could do no wrong and they got a participation award in school competitions so they wouldn't feel left out.
Newsflash, Millennials. Grow the hell up!
If you're offended that you're being called a snowflake, quit acting like the world revolves around you. Stop being offended by people who are different than you and learn how to adapt, just like every other generation has had to do.