Leave Tips for What?! Millennial Dining Habits

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I get it—we’re poor. But if we have enough money to dine out, we should probably be tipping accordingly, am I right?

Approximately one-third of US millennials don’t. According to a recent online survey by Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Michelin, 30% of Americans between 18 and 34 admit they usually tip less than 15% of a bill for good service. (Note: Thatz not okay. The Emily Post Institute, and well, society, says you should leave 15%.) The majority—70%—of Americans usually tip between 15% and 20% for good service, with those who are older than 65 driving this customary behavior. Millennials are least likely of all age groups to tip within the 15% to 20% range. Just 55% do it regularly.

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Millennial Ladies Love Their Ink

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As a preteen, the word “tattoo” struck anxiety into my mousy little heart. It was synonymous with the following words: “Pirate,” “Miscreant,” “Biker.” Why would anyone get inked up if they had a legitimate job to go to each day?

The day my eldest sister came home proudly displaying her tattoo of a hummingbird fluttering around a flower, I was in shock. She was an adult, but I felt scared for her … like she had done something so, so transformative that would negatively impact every facet of her life from then on out.

I was wrong, obviously.

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When Social Media Invokes Sadness

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My dear friends, I apologize for neglecting this blog for the last month or so. I’ve been traveling quite a bit. I just got back last night from visiting my BFF in Shanghai, which was a treat. She and I hadn’t seen each other in a whole year, so it was great to spend a lot of time doing what we do best when we’re together–bursting into random fits of laughter and analyzing what was, what is and what will be.

In particular, we had a really interesting conversation about what drives people our age to succeed and what brings others down. I brought up social media, as I always do.

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Generation We vs. Generation Me

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About a year ago, I was entertaining myself by swiping left and right on a popular social app when I realized something: Millennial men love taking pictures with sedated tigers (Really. This is a thing.) … Almost as much as they love sharing pictures of themselves while they are out saving the world.

Millennials often get a bad rap for being narcissistic and self-centered, which has likely been fueled by the rise of social media and selfies. Some experts have dubbed us as “Generation Me,” but that’s not necessarily accurate. Yes, some people are as self-obsessed as they come, knowingly using social media to fill others’ eyes with delusions of grandeur and envy. But, as a whole, the millennial generation is comprised of humanitarians.

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I’m not like a regular mom. I’m a cool mom!

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Actually, I’m not a mom at all, but millennial mamas are here to say they are nothing like their own—because, ya know, millennials are cool and great at parenting.

A survey released last week by BabyCenter found that millennial moms are significantly more critical of their own parents than their Generation X counterparts. Sixty-three percent said their parents were protective, in comparison to 49% of Gen X moms who said the same. Thirty-eight percent of millennials also classified their moms as “worriers,” and nearly one out of three said their parents were enablers. Ouch—way to bite the hand that fed you (and possibly still does)!

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