The Definitive Answer: Who Pays for the First Date?

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My fellow millennials – listen up. I don’t care if you’re from NYC, Cincinnati or middle-of-nowhere Arkansas. I don’t care if you’re a lady, dude or don’t subscribe to gender norms. I don’t care if you’re black, white, Asian or anything in between. I don’t care if you’re heterosexual or LGBTQ+.

If you are, however, single, and on some sort of online dating platform, I need you to take 10 minutes from playing Pokemon Go and read this. It’s very important.

If you stumble across a human being you would like to mate with, and you ask them out on a date and suggest a specific activity/location, I have some news for you: You offer to pay the entire bill at the end of said date.

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How to Make Friends As An Adult

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Once again, TV has deceived us. Once you reach adulthood, friendship is nothing like what you see on “Friends,” “How I Met Your Mother,” or even “Orange is the New Black” [Taystee + Poussey + Black Cindy + Suzanne 4eva].

You don’t just sit around and sip coffee/beer with your pals all day at the local coffee house/bar/prison.

I learned this pretty quickly after I graduated from college and moved to Ohio. I was super bummed because I was having trouble forming solid relationships outside of my family. I would go to work, go to my grandma’s house to crush some delicious food, and then head home. Every. Single. Day. And what I saw on Facebook exacerbated it all: I would feel even worse about my friendless life when I saw photos of my East Coast pals going to concerts and enjoying happy hours together.

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Trendy Fitness Classes: Worth it or Nah?

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Bikram Yoga. SoulCycle. Pure Barre. CrossFit. Orangetheory.

Chances are – if you’ve met someone who does any of those workout programs, you damn well know about it. (Ya know, kinda like that “old” joke: “How can you tell if someone’s a vegan? Oh, don’t worry, they’ll tell you.”)

When did we all get so obsessed with trendy fitness classes and wearing Lululemon like it’s Marc Jacobs’ new collection fresh off the runway?

What is so appealing about these expensive classes? What is it about them that draws millennials in?

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Let’s Be Adults … Together

Bachelorette Movie
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Friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve written. So much has happened since I shared my last millennial anecdotes. I’ve been settling into: a new city, a new apartment, a new job, and being newly single [an unexpected, dismal—yet inevitable—turn of events].

Through this crazy transition, I’ve thought a lot about what I want to do to this blog, and on a plane ride to Kansas City for a work trip, it came to me: I want TheEchoBoomer.com to be a useful tool for my peers. Yeah, the stats I share are interesting and all, but at the end of the day, I know you guys aren’t reading my blog to find out what percentage of your cohorts are drinking wine vs. beer.

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My So-Called Minimalist Life

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I’ve said it time and time again: Millennials value experiences over things. I often cite a July 2014 Eventbrite survey that reveals just how much. In it, 78% of millennial consumers said they’d rather spend their extra cash money on an experience/event over a product.

For a lot of people, that probably means deciding to go to a music festival instead of buying an Apple Watch. For me, it goes way beyond that.

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