GENERATION SNOWFLAKE

What Does GENERATION SNOWFLAKE Mean?

GENERATION SNOWFLAKE (or SNOWFLAKE GENERATION) is a term that refers to young adults (typically university or college students) who try to avoid emotional topics or nonconforming opinions to stop themselves becoming stressed. When compared to previous generations of students, members of GENERATION SNOWFLAKE are considered:
  • Overly sensitive.
  • Less mentally robust.
  • More likely to declare mental-health problems.
To protect GENERATION SNOWFLAKE, some universities have created "safe spaces", which are areas that allow individuals who feel marginalized to come together to communicate regarding their experiences. Some universities have also taken to announcing "trigger warnings", which are warnings that material (e.g., work or a lecture) may contain concepts or pictures that could invoke some mental trauma.

Of note, in November 2015, a viral video from Yale University which showed a confrontation between a Yale faculty head and a screaming student played a notable role in the term GENERATION SNOWFLAKE coming to prominence. The video is here:
Also of note, the term SNOWFLAKE GENERATION featured in the Collins Dictionary's 2016 words of the year.

Summary of Key Points

"mentally non-robust students born in the 80s or 90s" is the most common definition for GENERATION SNOWFLAKE on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
GENERATION SNOWFLAKE
Definition:Mentally Non-robust Students Born in the 80s or 90s
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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meaning of GENERATION SNOWFLAKE
University or college students who try to avoid emotional topics to stop themselves becoming stressed

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Examples of GENERATION SNOWFLAKE in Sentences

Here is an example of GENERATION SNOWFLAKE being used in a conversation:
  • Dean: You can't discuss race issues in front of the GENERATION SNOWFLAKE without issuing trigger warnings.
  • Faculty Head: Has it really come to this?

An Academic Look at GENERATION SNOWFLAKE

The term GENERATION SNOWFLAKE is a noun. It can be written GENERATION SNOWFLAKE or SNOWFLAKE GENERATION. The word SNOWFLAKE is a metaphor to express fragility.

Example of GENERATION SNOWFLAKE Used in a Text

 
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See Also

Selves-isolating (Locking down with a partner) UNI (university) HYP (Harvard, Yale, Princeton) J CAT (Category J (mentally unstable person)) MR (mentally retarded) PMA (positive mental attitude)