If you’ve ever wondered what millennials really think about hot topics, such as dating, social media, and jobs, then you’re in the right place. Watch as Steve Harvey’s first ever millennial and young men panels discuss their thoughts on these hot button issues:
Staying True On Social Media & How That Affects Jobs
When a millennial asks Steve Harvey how young people can remain true to themselves when they’re having to “sell their souls” to be different on social media, Steve Harvey answers straight away from a business perspective: “The one thing you have to be very conscious of with your social media… my generation, who owns companies, who hire people, we now use social media in the hiring process. So, if you’re smoking weed on your social media, I’m sorry, I can’t use you.”
When Steve Harvey brings up showing skin online, Kevin Romero replies, “It saddens me when young females have to value their self-worth through likes and through posts and it ends up becoming almost like an occupation for them to maintain a lifestyle that’s really not who they really are.” But Instagram model Lindsey Pelas responds, “The internet has provided me with a platform for feminism… so, I view the internet completely different… I see it as a place for people breaking stereotypes and promoting gender neutrality and doing more positive than negative.” No matter what side of the fence millenials are on, they are thinking about this topic deeply and in ways that go beyond “likes” and online popularity.
Finding Real Romance Through Dating Apps
Danielle Robay asks Steve Harvey how young people can find authentic love in a world where everything is delayed—men are into hooking up, instead of looking for longterm romance, and women are more and more career oriented. So, Danielle asks, “How do we get men to see the real value in relationships instead of hookups?” Steve Harvey responds, “You wanna swipe right, swipe left... but he gets to go out on a date with you because he swiped right and you swiped right? Are you kidding me?! He didn’t earn the date?!”
Ruba Wilson thinks, “It’s kinda dope… because you don’t have to go through all of the fluff in the beginning.” The other panelists agree that there is nothing like an old school romance and genuine first impression. “There’s still a core group of men out there who live by that standard. I like to take a woman out and connect with her on a personal level,” Edem Atsu-Swanzy adds. Steve Harvey finishes with this advice for millenials: “I think online dating is cool… but I think it should be used just to meet a person. Then the rest of it is work.” The millennials couldn’t argue with that.
How To Achieve The Ideal Work-Life Balance
Edem Atsu-Swanzy asks Steve Harvey how young individuals and their employers can come to a work-life balance agreement that works best for the millennial lifestyle. “As a millennial, I like to have a flexible work schedule, but my employer loves to have his structured, 9-5 work timeframe. I’m much more productive and proficient outside of that timeframe,” Edem tells Steve Harvey. “A life of convenience can only be built by years of inconvenience,” Steve Harvey responds, “So, in your young years, you must be prepared to do what’s inconvenient.”
Danielle Robay feels that, for millennials who are always going thanks to technology, efficiency comes with flexibility. “Tech has shifted work from place to a space,” she says, “It’s not necessarily entitlement for me, it’s more that I feel like I’m more efficient if I can be flexible with my own schedule.” But the panel is in full agreement with Steve Harvey when he adds, “Be willing to pay your dues.” Although millennials work better on their own terms, they do see the importance of working hard, and Steve Harvey reminded them of that.
Being Successful and Finding Authentic Love
In Steve Harvey’s first ever young men’s panel, he is asked about being successful and finding love that’s real and true. This young man is success-driven and wants to ensure that he finds a woman who loves him for him and not for his success. Steve Harvey quickly reminds him that he’s not successful, yet. “At 20, your focus should be on getting yourself together… A woman has a biological clock, but a man has a financial clock.”
Steve Harvey suggests that all young men work hard in their twenties, before they hit their thirties and realize they need to do something about their finances. “Now that you’re success-driven, that’s a good thing,” Steve Harvey adds, “If you can keep your foot on the gas during your twenties, it’ll serve you so much better.” Wise words for all young men to hear, understand, and follow.
When A Millennial Should Start Worrying About Retirement
For young people, retirement seems like it’s never going to come, but Steve Harvey is here to tell them that it’s never too early to start planning for retirement. In his young men’s panel, YouTube sensation Kingsley asks him when one should start saving for retirement. Steve Harvey responds, “Now. ‘Cause retirement is comin’ one day... you can party now and work ‘til you die, or you can work now and party ‘til you die.”
Another panelist shares that it’s also a smart idea to start saving now because millennial jobs are always changing. “You don’t know when it’s gonna go away.” Thus, it’s important to use what you’re doing as a platform and work towards something long-term in addition and Steve Harvey agrees. “You’ve gotta start thinking about diversification… what was hot then ain’t hot no more.” Living in the now is great, but for long-term security, it’s essential for young people to start thinking ahead sooner than later.
Young people have a lot to learn, but these millennials are proof that this generation is full of heart, hope, and open minds.