This article was written for and first published on “Organized Lunacy.”
Millennials are the last generation raised in the 20th century. They are the digital natives born between 1980 – 2000. As of this writing, millenials make-up one-third of the Philippine population in the age of 15 to 35 years old.
The Best and The Worst Of Times
With the advent of new and ever-changing technology, this new generation grew up in a fast-paced world, teaching them to be flexible and adapt to their environment.
Even though millenials are steadily seeing new discoveries unfold and are enjoying the boom times contributed by earlier generations, they have also witnessed these worst tragedies of their times:
- The 9/11 bombing where Islamic extremist group Al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks at America’s World Trade Center.
The Super Typhoon Haiyan which ravaged and left the Philippines with a death toll of 6,000 people
The ongoing ISIS innocent killings
No wonder, the hearts of millenials are torn in the midst of both extremes, the best and the worst. But they survive, and are thriving even, in a world where the fittest surive.
Brand New Technology But Same Old Psychology
The age-old need for love continues to haunt our digital natives through time and space. Social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pave the way in meeting the people’s need for connection and belonging.
They are introduced to “impression management” instinctively. This begins by curating your best photos on social media, advertising only your good points as your best digital version.
The internet has undoubtedly made socializing, and even sex, more accessible than ever before. It has bridged the great divide of geographical boundaries, collapsed time and space, and made the world smaller.
Love & Sex in the New Millenium
Casual sex has become a practice intermingled with socializing and experimentation. It’s both ironic and sad that doing it can now mean anything at all or nothing at all.
The way love and sex are practiced and pursued have meaningfully changed over time due to the technology and trends that enabled it.
That is probably why the number of reported HIV cases in the Philippines has increased by more than 277 percent over the last five years between 2010 and 2015. And more than 80 percent of these involved men who have sex with men.
Marriages Crumbling While Some Still Standing
The Catholic bishops’ news agency reported that the number of marriage annulment cases in the Philippines increased by 40 percent in the last decade with at least 22 cases filed every day.
CBCP News said the number of annulment cases had risen from 4,520 in 2001 to 8,282 in 2010.
Consequently, children of these annuled marriages are left wounded and searching for love elsewhere outside their homes.
Needless to say some millenials settle for second best by “living in” with their partners, finding their way to a life they chose, in their own terms. Even while this is a fact, many still see marriage as a form of “salvation.”
The Fact of the Matter and the Relentless Truth
Millenials may be different and special only because of the times and the techonologies that welcomed them. But they are just like all other generations. They could get lost in their way, and they need guidance.
One thing is for sure, from generation to generation, despite the hype or happiness, the mess and the misery of these millenial years:
There will always be a hole in our hearts that only God can fill.
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. “ – Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG