From The “You Can’t Make This Up” Department…

Being called a “snowflake” is damaging to mental health, young people say. Figures show that the majority of young people think the term is unfair – and even more think it could have a negative effect of its own.

The “snowflake generation” is a disparaging term now commonly used to refer to young people, who are perceived to be over-sensitive and intolerant of disagreement.

But research by insurance firm Aviva found that 72 per cent of 16-24 year-olds think the term is unfairly applied, while 74 per cent think it could have a negative effect on young people’s mental health.

So calling someone who is a snowflake a snowflake harms the snowflake and is the fault of the speaker?

The firm’s medical expert, Dr Doug Wright, said the term could cause problems. “Our findings suggest that young adults are more likely to be experiencing mental health problems, so using a phrase which criticises this age group could add to this issue.

Or it could cause people to address the issue of being a snowflake, which would be a benefit.

“Any term used disparagingly to a segment of the population is inherently negative.”

Perhaps that statement is part of the problem. If something is negative, people should look to turn things around into a positive. Don’t like the job you are in? Don’t whine. Work to get a better job. Finding that now having a high school diploma is not helping your income? Don’t complain about it. Get a GED.

The amazing thing to us is that this article seems to say that the term “snowflake” harms young people, but their cries of everyone else being racists, or misogynists, or homophobic, or privileged, etc., is somehow acceptable. The article never addresses why some people are called snowflakes and instead feeds into and tries justify the fundamental snowflake idea that it is they who are the victim in everything.

Not every millennial is a “snowflake” and we would never say that they were. However, to say the accurate description of snowflakes is hurting them, is lunacy.

It is almost as if the truth cannot be spoken anymore for offending snowflakes.

2 Responses to “From The “You Can’t Make This Up” Department…”

  1. Well, really, virtually all words seem to damage their mental health. Thank goodness that most Millenials bear little resemblance to the stereotypes created by the nutty Millenials.

    • AAfterwit says:


      That was our take on it as well. The term “snowflake” doesn’t initially apply to all Millennials, but when they start complaining that the term could hurt people when it is accurately used to describe “snowflakes,” they have morphed into what they are complaining about.

      A. Afterwit.