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12/04/2014 10:41 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Here's Proof That Millennials' Tech Addiction Actually Makes The World A Better Place

The next time someone tells you to put your phone down, go ahead and show them this video as illustrative proof that likes, shares and hashtags are truly a powerful force.

"The Millennials Rebuttal," seen above, is challenging stereotypes about young people and the negative characteristics often placed on their age group -- like that they're lazy and entitled, as Forbes pointed out. The video flips the script on the idea that millennials are selfishly addicted to technology and shows how tech can be used to create good in the world.

Produced by Welzoo, a browser app that turns page views into charitable donations, and media company Column Five, the rebuttal features stories of those who are changing the world in profound ways. The moving video revisits the story of Boyan Slat, who came up with a 10-year plan to clean up the oceans as a teenager. We're also reminded of the story of the acclaimed Redditors who joined forces to deliver pizza to Hazel Hammersley -- a 2-year-old who'd been a cancer patient at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Recent findings suggest millennials have bigger hearts than some give them credit for. The 2014 Millennial Impact Report released in June found that 94 percent of millennials say they enjoy using their skills to benefit a cause, and 47 percent had volunteered on their own for a nonprofit or charitable cause within the previous month. What's more, 87 percent reported having donated to a charity last year.

Millennials are also more likely to view their social networks as catalysts for change than older generations.

"We’ve learned in this year’s survey that millennials don’t check their interest in causes at the door," Derrick Feldmann, president of the company that researched the report, wrote in the study, which also found young people hope to infuse their careers with charitable giving. "They bring these passions to work."


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