Sorry, I’m not sorry. I’ve spent a solid 83 hours of my 2015 rewatching “Friends” in its entirety. And I’ve got to say—it was ah-mah-zing. The series was much better this time around as a 20-something woman who could relate to a lot of the jokes. That said, there were a few things I could not wrap my head around. I shall list them for you here (because SOMETHING has to come out of the fact that I wasted so much of my life watching this show).
For the better part of Wednesday, #ExplainThe90sIn4Words was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter. I chuckled to myself as I thought about everyone’s favorite bad-ass band (Uncle Jesse and the Rippers, obvi), blowing into Super NES cartridges, my mom killing my Tamagotchi while I was in school, and a bleach-blonde JT, among other things.
People went crazy with the hashtag, and as of 6:45 this morning, it’s still the top trending. Even brands got in on the action. JCPenney creatively tweeted “Did I do that?” with a link directing to an ecommerce page where one could buy the Steve Urkel shirt below.
I’ve gathered a lot of data on the millennial generation in 2014—quantitative, qualitative, my own observations as a social media user. I’ve become aware of so many different millennial attributes and personas. The biggest consistency I’ve seen through all my analysis thus far is this: We are stressed out.
Yes, everyone is stressed, but millennials are far more so than the older generations. And delving deeper, millennial women are significantly more afflicted than their male counterparts. [Just look at page 3 of this Project New America study showing how much more likely we are to worry about everything.] Young women are more likely to go to college, thus accruing more debt … and, ya know, that whole biological clock situation doesn’t help matters much, especially as casual dating in our 20s and 30s increasingly becomes the standard (more on this another day, I promise).
Despite how grim a young professional New Yorker’s bank account might be looking on any given week, happy hour is a must. It’s not a practice; it’s a way of life. We budget our discretionary funds appropriately so we can hit up a good happy hour at least once per week and boozy brunch like bosses on the weekend.
It makes sense that this is the norm among my circle friends. Budget tracking app Level Money did an analysis of anonymous data from January to June 2014 and found that millennials in Massachusetts, Colorado and New York, in that order, are the top spenders at bars and liquor stores. (The fact that $15 cocktails are the norm in the city probably doesn’t help matters.) Millennials in more conservative states keep themselves a bit more sober, with Mississippi and Alabama rounding out the bottom for boozy purchases.
Dear readers, I haven’t neglected this blog. I still love reading, researching and writing about millennials. I’ve just had a lot on my plate the last couple months, but I’m making an effort to update much more frequently! Thanks so much for reading.