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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Easy Decorating Tips for Your Gen-Y Home

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Feeling comfortable in my personal space is of utmost importance, but that’s been difficult to achieve since moving back to New York where every living situation feels so ephemeral. If you were to peep into my room, you’d find bare walls with the exception of one small “piece” I got from Target a few years ago. I’d love to upgrade myself, but art is expensive and not very high on my list of financial priorities at the moment. And to top it all off, I wouldn’t even know where to start.

But I think I finally found a solution—and no, I’m not talking hot mess create-your-own-canvas-art Pinterest fails. I had the pleasure last night of meeting designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz at the launch of Toto’s newest super-fancy, life-changing toilet. I was hooked on their Bravo show “9 by Design” my senior year of college. Robert and Cortney are an unpretentious couple with seven kids (who have the most amazing names ever, i.e. their fifth child is named Five), and they live in outright style. I took the opportunity to ask them for some easy decorating tips for millennials who are just starting out.

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