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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