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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How Gen Y is Trying To Find Prosperity

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The jury’s still out on whether or not millennials possess a false sense of entitlement (I maintain that many do), but I’d love to begin to dispel the notion that this generation is roughly comprised of lazy beings.

We are far from indifferent, and I think I first came to this realization back in college. I was heavily involved in my sorority back then. It was a group of more than 100 active members each year, and I remember, even as a junior in college, being so in awe of all the things these young women accomplished on a daily basis. They would run from classes to internships to part-time jobs to sorority events to their student professional organizations. I remember looking at some of these girls and just wondering, “When the hell does she sleep?” Seeing my peers work so hard to secure solid employment after graduation motivated me to do the same, regardless of how rotten the economy was in 2010.

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Dating Tips From The Millionaire Matchmaker

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A splendid thing happened for me on Saturday afternoon, friends. I met Patti Stanger (better known to some as the Millionaire Matchmaker), one of my lifestyle idols. Patti, along with a panel of relationship and sex experts, presented the findings of Match.com’s 2014 Singles in America study.

Although the survey was completed by daters of all ages, I feel the results and Saturday’s panel discussion broached topics that really hit home for millennials who are out there dating.

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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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