Millennials are doing far more than ever before. They created the social media movement and are dominating the news with viral hashtags in an effort to raise awareness on social issues. They are changing the world one click at a time, making them the iconoclasts of this generation.

Young adults and teenagers are making an impact on the world every time they tweet. Movements like #BlackLivesMatter have been made possible because of millennials spreading the word on social media. The golden age of the internet encourages millennials to be politically active and care for the issues that are affecting them. The story and accomplishments of Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai struck many millennials online, inspiring them to be aware and active on educational rights. However, with such advancements and attention to social issues via the internet, millennials are never heard. They aren’t even taken seriously enough. As they continue to make a mark on the world, the only thing that the older generation can see is that young people are obsessed with Snapchat and selfies.

image by Masem via Wikimedia Commons

image by Masem via Wikimedia Commons

Millennials are more than making vines and taking selfies at a baseball game. They use the internet to their advantage and show adults that times have changed. It’s quality over quantity, as seen in the short amount of characters in tweets. Millennials test the limits by challenging old ways to create their own jobs using platforms like YouTube. Young people direct their focus to what will impact the future, as well as their own generation. They use technology to bring awareness and to educate other youth in a way that they’ll understand. These are not efforts merely wasted for entertainment. These are efforts to help the world by making it more accessible so that anyone can be part of change, not just those who are in charge. Hashtag movements like #GamerGate, #HandsUpDontShoot and #IceBucketChallenge are sharable trends that send a message across the border. Not everything has to be an outright violent protest, but it makes people think about the root of those trends, like issues of feminism, sexism and racism. Unlike the older generation who polarize their ideas and problems, young people revolutionize the way things are done by focusing on what actually matters and narrowing it down to one concept at a time. Thanks to the Internet, youth are more politically and socially aware than they have ever been before.

Ultimately, millennials need to be heard and acknowledged by the older generation. The more adults complain about their dislike for smartphones and social media, the less they get done while young people are actually using technology and trends to make a statement for change. It is because young people try new things and collaborate using new methods that they are able to change the world. Millennials are iconoclasts because they dominate society with viral videos and hashtags. Although their way of creating change is different than how it used to be, it is effective and that’s what matters. No one can discourage millennials because they are far more powerful now, so it’s time for people to start adapting instead of complaining.