Twitter Users Weigh In On Why We Need To Stop Thinking Of Millennials As 'Teens'

"Yes we should elect more people in their 20s and 30s to Congress. It’s not a wild idea."

Millennials are accustomed to being the "underdog" demographic. Often depicted as "idle narcissists," this generation continues to face adversity, hidden by the shadow of an unrelenting stereotype. In fact, no matter how much time seems to pass, many still interchange the terms "millennial" and "teen." 

This frustrating mistake was recently highlighted by Twitter users responding to an AL.com article titled "Should we elect more Millennials to Congress?"

The article, by The Tylt, was written after 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's unexpected Democratic primary win over incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York City,. The Tylt proposes we need more millennials in Congress as "Congress is currently dominated by baby boomers who likely won't live to see the consequences of the legislation they pass."

Yet, despite this straightforward stance, the writer goes on to highlight both those who believe the establishment needs some semblance of disruption, and those who feel more experienced politicians deserve the public's support.

Twitter users didn't take kindly to the article's overarching question, as they noted why it's wrong for people to still think of millennials as teens who've yet to experience what the "real world" has to offer when, in fact, millennials have been at the forefront of America's political and economic turmoil for decades.

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After all, despite millennials' youthful reputation, the demographic isn't all that young anymore.

In fact, if time continues its path forward, as it typically tends to do, America will ultimately have no choice but to elect the younger set, as they cannot defy aging, no matter what the stereotypes might indicate.

One Twitter user believes that critics who claim millennials are lazy and lack initiative are also often the first to halt millennials in their tracks and disregard their earnest efforts to effect change.

Every demographic deserves representation when it comes to creating the laws that will govern our nation for years to come. Just as both the young and old deserve to have their say, we must also work to elect women, people of color, and those of various gender identities. America has always been proud of its diverse population, and our governing bodies must grow to reflect this evolution. If we wish to achieve and maintain equality, we must empower officials who speak for these emerging voices to join the conversation.

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