Do you have a Twitter, Facebook or any other form of social media? You probably do, in which case you are aware of how fast and easily news spread around the world. If you saw there was a protest pursued by your generation, what would you do? If you wanted to spread the word about it, how would you do that?
Just a few weeks ago, Romania’s government implemented a decree decriminalizing corruption cases of under €45,000 (47571.30 USD). That night, at around 1 AM, almost 12,000 people gathered in front of a governmental building to protest this decree. Those 12,000 people quickly became 500,000. But the most shocking part is- most of the protestors were millennials!
It has been said that our generation uses technology and humor to get word out in an extremely effective manner. I, along with many others, know this to be true. Social media is an efficient way to communicate with people you know and also with those you don’t. Who is better at using social media than millennials? But confusion among the older generations spread just as fast as words of the protests did. Why are these millennials suddenly so interested in politics? Adults now ask.
Here is my answer: teens and young adults are finally realizing that they have the power to make a change. With their advanced skills in technology and high knowledge of current events, they just know how to get things done. So why shouldn’t they be allowed to? Why are they being questioned? They have just as much of a right to protest as any other person does. And I even believe they can do a better job at it.
Many say that social media negatively affects our lives. I do not believe this to be true. Yes, we may spend more time during the day looking at a screen than at a person’s face, but we are also learning and communicating at the same time. For that reason, to us millennials, social media is a tremendously powerful tool. I know that it can lead to a big change in the way our generation affects the world. As seen in Romania, we have the power to start influential protests that might actually make a change.
So I believe the reason millennials are suddenly so interested in politics is because we want to shape our future. We are the powerful people who will change the world for better. And social media will absolutely be one of the prevailing ways we go about making that change. I believe us, as millennials, should protest now because we are key to a successful future. Elder generations may not see it yet, but our strength in numbers on social media is the crucial reason many protests are so large and effective. We know what we want, and we know how to achieve it.
“Romania Is Engulfed by Protest in a Political Awakening of the Young.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2017.
Gurzu, Anca, and Carmen Paun. “Romanian Government Decree Decriminalizes Some Corruption.” POLITICO. POLITICO, 01 Feb. 2017. Web. 14 Feb. 2017.