Millennials are desperately trying to escape the atrocities of adulthood through old TV programs and childhood movies.
Young adults are obsessed with feeling nostalgia. These young adults have discovered a way to unwind without completely dissociating from the world, watching old television shows and movies.
Millennials are repeatedly branded as lazy, entitled brats who plan on drifting their way through life, expecting everything to be handed to them.
Contrary to this belief, these young adults grew up understanding the importance of college and know getting a degree is vital for a successful future.
Between college classes and holding jobs, millennials are far from lazy and have quite a bit to worry about.
Millennials are attempting to earn their college degrees and enter the work force in a society where their only options are to sink or swim. For some students at APSU, old TV shows and movies motivate them to push through all the obstacles they face.
Freshman nursing major Bridgett Eleazer said she enjoys watching old Disney movies such as “Mulan” and “Robin Hood” in her free time.
“‘Mulan’ is a role model for students our age. She is a strong female character, and that has precedence in today’s society,” Eleazer said.
According to an article in the Daily Mail, watching reruns of your favorite shows can be good for your health. Reruns help boost your mood and increase your self control. Researchers from the University of Buffalo claim we often think of these characters from our favorite shows as friends or family.
Watching these old television series and childhood movies provides a well-deserved break from millennials’ crippling anxiety, accumulating student debt and the most frightening, attempts at adulting.
They cannot help themselves. Millennials were tossed from their cradles into a fast-paced, technologically advanced world and told to “keep up, because you are the future” so excuse the fact that one night a year they cancel their plans for the annual Disney Channel Original Movie marathon.
Freshman psychology major Jodi Felts said she enjoys catching up on old TV shows such as “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Kim Possible.”
“It’s not serious, everything else in the world is really depressing and serious,” Felts said.
These 30-minute sitcoms deliver these young adults back to a time when their parents scheduled their doctor’s appointments and they did not stress about whether or not they would have enough funds for groceries next week.
Millennials in college trying to better their lives and take steps necessary to secure successful futures for themselves are constantly bombarded with questions on what makes them different, how they are going to compete for the jobs they want and whether or not they will even work in their anticipated job fields.
It seems millennials are grasping at the American dream. The older they get, the dream starts to fade, and reality starts to peek through.
Being an adult can be challenging. Millennials have earned the right to indulge themselves in the TV shows and movies they used to love.
These young adults have no idea what the future holds for them.
Old TV shows and movies do not erase the challenges they will face, but it’s nice for millennials to have an outlet to reflect back to a simpler time.