Millennials, we get it. You want to make people feel bad about themselves in order to feel good about yourself. If your life is so empty and hollow, you can’t find any other meaning or value besides being better than someone else. Neebs in real life are different.
Well here’s the truth: most of these stereotypes are false. The only reason they exist is because social justice warriors have framed them as “truths” in Tumblr posts, Twitter rants and Facebook statuses; never bothering to find out if there’s any evidence that supports their thesis.
Here are some of the most common stereotypes about us Neebs.
#1. We’re poor and uneducated (LOL)
Let’s get this straight: I have a Bachelor’s degree in English, writing and communication studies, I have a Master’s degree in English literature and creative writing and I work as a professional writer full time. In addition, I also made almost $100,000 last year and have my very own studio apartment with cable TV. So, that’s a big no on the poverty part.
#2. We don’t care about education or talent
This is a total lie and anyone who says this is either lying or stupid. Sure, we Neebs aren’t great at sports like the jocks and cheerleaders, because we’re not athletic and don’t play video games until 3 AM anymore (we are too busy caring about our own lives. What do you hate about life, Millennials?), but that doesn’t mean we don’t care about education.
#3. We’re all white (Because we’re racist)
Being white is something to be proud of. However, I don’t exist in a vacuum where I can neither control my race nor my geography. I was born and raised near Philadelphia, PA, which is around 77% Caucasian . And, I grew up in a very diverse area where all of my friends were white too.
So, don’t lie like that.
#4. We’re all fat and/or unattractive (Because we’re spoiled)
I have to laugh when you see an overweight white guy and his girlfriend out at the mall eating ice cream cones. Here’s the truth: they aren’t having a romantic night together and they aren’t even spending time together, because they live in different states with different hours of work and both go out to get ice cream at 6 PM on a friday night because it is a special occasion – not because they are in love with each other or are “spoiled.”
#5. We’re all stuck up and snobby (Because we’re racists)
I don’t have a lot to say about this one, but I can’t help but laugh about the fact that someone would think it was okay to make fun of a race just because they come from different parts of the country.
#6. We quit school or work at a young age (Because we’re lazy)
I have zero desire to end up like most other millenials: living in my parents basement for the rest of my life. I have plans for my future and goals, so I’m not lazy. In fact, I am quite ambitious and work really hard to achieve them because I’m driven by passion. So, we’re not lazy; it’s just that you don’t know us.
#7. We’re all lazy and don’t work at all (Because we’re racist)
I’m not racist and this is a lie too. I’m just saying that if you think that Neebs are only full of entitlement and laziness, then you might be racist. But if you actually read the article, you’ll see that I have some pretty amazing entrepreneurial ideas for other people to succeed in life. Who doesn’t want a Neeblet?
#8. We listen to anime music (Because we’re all edgy and want to look cool)
Sure, it’s true that some of us Neebs love anime. But there are many of us who also love other types of music like rap, rock, pop and country. I’m a huge fan of Hans Zimmer (composer of the film scores for The Dark Knight and Inception), so basically you can’t stereotype me as “anime guy” anymore than you could call Steven Speilberg a “Star Wars guy.”
#9. We think we’re better than everyone else (Because we’re racist)
We think we’re better than you because we have a different standard of living and are aware of our own interests? Wow. That’s so lame, don’t you think?
#10. We’re all NEETs (Because we’re lazy)
The word “neet” is a British word that has been adopted by the NEEB community to refer to an individual who is unemployed and, presumably, glues their hands to their keyboard while watching anime all day. However, there are many people who do fall under this category.
And let’s not forget that many of us who use the word “neet” are actually studying and want to get good grades.
#11. We’re all constantly complaining about our lives (Because we’re spoiled)
We don’t complain about our lives. But, if you really wanted to know about the negative things that are happening in our lives, then why would you ask us?
#12. We only post about anime and video games (Because we’re all edgy)
We don’t live in a world of fantasy and sci-fi shows, so I don’t understand why this one is so believable. In addition, it’s been proven that the majority of us actually watch movies, play sports and read on the Internet.
#13. We’re all obsessed with otaku culture (Because we’re obnoxious)
Whether you are obsessed with it or not, you can’t deny that there was a time when this stuff was everywhere. It’s the same way that all of the weird body-shaping clothing styles came into and went out of fashion.
#14. We only like underexposed, unpopular shows (Because we’re edgy)
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there have been a lot of popular anime series lately. For example, Sword Art Online , Attack on Titan , K-On! , and Lucky Star have been around for years. And then from last year to this year, there have been some new popular shows like Sword Art Online II , Death Note , No Game No Life and Attack on Titan Season 2 .
#15. We play video games (Because we’re lazy)
I’m not a big fan of playing video games. I don’t need to waste my time on pointless activities that allow me to kill stuff for fun. And, I don’t know any nerds or geeks who play video games regularly.
Listen, I’m not hating any group of people. If you want to make fun of millenials like me because we’re not perfect, then that’s your prerogative. But don’t attack us for being privileged, spoiled or racist; because it’s just not true.
So, if you’re a Neeblet, then I’m on your side now and always will be. If you’re laughing about these stereotypes about us Neebs… well that’s mature. Just to let you know: I used to be one of those kids who would tease other kids for being different too.