When I first read a comment on the internet of a person calling another a “snowflake,” I was baffled.
Like any other reasonable person who doesn’t understand an unfamiliar term, I looked the term up on Wikipedia. It said, “Snowflake Generation is a term used to characterise young adults of the 2010s as being more prone to taking offence and less resilient than previous generations, or too emotionally vulnerable to cope with views that challenge their own.”
I’ve noticed the term snowflake used most often by those commenting on the past election, and it got me thinking: who is the actual snowflake?
If a person responds negatively to a recent event, and someone calls that person a snowflake, wouldn’t you call the person taking time out of their day to call a stranger on the internet a snowflake, being easily offended?
To reiterate, the person calling someone a “poor little snowflake” was easily offended by what the snowflake said. They’re both snowflakes.
Little do people know, it’s possible to disagree with someone’s opinion on social media without flipping tables. Most of the time it’s comments on celebrities’ opinions online, and I just gotta say, they don’t care if you call them a snowflake. They’re rich. I doubt they read that, Deborah From Wisconsin. You’re the one hiding behind a screen trying to argue with a stranger because you were triggered (another popular term used to make fun of those easily offended).
Did you read a satire article and thought it was real? Snowflake. Do you think Starbucks’ annual holiday cups have a secret agenda because they’re red? Snowflake. Do you think “Happy holidays” is a war on Christmas? Snowflake. Do SNL skits make you want to angrily tweet Lorne Michaels directly? Snowflake. Is someone expressing opinions different from your own? God forbid. Snowflake.
What’s the most laughable to me is those who absolutely despise “safe spaces.” I’m not sure why, but any news title that contains the words “safe space” gets everybody and their uncle all riled up about snowflakes on Facebook. If you don’t like lobster, you don’t order it. If you don’t like safe spaces, don’t go to one. Don’t immediately jump behind your computer screen to type a scathing blog post on how lobsters are making bald eagles cry and ruining America.
My point is that the people who call others snowflakes, are ironically, by their own definition, a snowflake. At the end of the day, a long Facebook rant isn’t going to change a person’s mind; we all have our own opinions. There’s a way to express your opinions professionally and respectfully, and attacking someone online isn’t one of them.
If you are truly bothered by something that is happening, a tweet isn’t going to change the world. Remember Kony 2012? Yeah, ever since then we’ve all been pretty skeptical of internet activism. Here is an insightful article of a former Congressional staffer’s advice on what you can do that actually works (spoiler alert: not social media).
“Social media activism—posting on Facebook or taking to Twitter—is the least useful because most Congressional staffers and their bosses are not reading those comments. Writing a letter you actually put in the mail with a postage stamp can be helpful, especially if you send it to your local office.”
Moral of the story, get up and do something. Don’t take the easy way out. Instead of calling a fourteen year-old a snowflake online, or being the fourteen year-old, use your passion to do something that matters and write. The pen is mightier than
the sword social media.
***also most of the people who call others snowflakes on the internet are from the generation that destroyed the economy for mine. BYE!