Love Don’t Cost a Thing (Except to Gen Y)

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One of my favorite things about being active on social media is soaking in the love from the young romantics of today.

You know what I’m talking about:

  • “Had a terrible day at work today. Then, got home to my hubby surprising me with flowers and a new Michael Kors bag. Luckiest girl in the world. ❤”
  • “I couldn’t resist showing off. My girlfriend cooked me an amazing dinner tonight. She spoils me, y’all.” [Insert mediocre photo of penne pasta, heavily burnt meat and something that may or may not be canned corn.]

And so it goes. (In case you couldn’t tell, I was being sarcastic. I am not moved by these flaunty displays of affection. Most of us aren’t.)

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Behold! The Renaissance of the American Male

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When I write about my generation, I often focus on the women. These young ladies seem to be doing it all: working full-time jobs, changing the world and navigating the oh-so brutal scene that is dating in 2015. (May the odds be ever in your favor, gals.) It’s a fact ─ millennial women tend to be a bit more ambitious than their male counterparts. They are significantly more likely to attend college and obtain bachelor’s degrees. (Straight up taking Beyoncé lyrics to heart, am I right?)

What’s going on with our dudes, though? How are they living?

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Sorry, not sorry. I wasted 83+ hours of my 2015 rewatching Friends

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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).

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#tbt: What’s with all the millennial nostalgia?

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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.

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Gen Y Women Most Likely to Stress Out. Let’s Chill Out, Ladies.

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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).

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