Millennials have been characterized by many as entitled, whiny brats, and I sometimes get flak for agreeing. I’m not saying everyone born after 1980 believes the world should be handed to them on a silver platter, but a sizeable portion of my cohorts do. I’ve compiled these observations over the last few years—through interactions during my four years at college and my post-grad life. And I can tell you right now, it’s not a matter of growing up in a working class family vs. growing up in an upper-middle class family.
I’m an advocate of online dating—not just for millennials, but for people of all ages (over 18, of course). It’s a great way to meet people in an epoch where you can’t get through a single meal without a collection of iPhones on a table. When I first told my mom I was trying online dating, she was scared for my life. I explained to her that my abilities to Google stalk anyone and anything kept me safe, and I meant that. I can smell a catfish from a mile away! But I’m not going to lie—even I’m perturbed after reading the following stats.
Today’s society is overreliant on technology, according to 59% of millennials surveyed for an October 2013 study commissioned by Intel Corporation. A slightly higher percentage—61%—reported technology makes people less human. Depressing, right?
Listen up, millennials—it’s time to start stocking up on the anti-aging cream because we’re in it for the long haul. An October 2013 study released by NerdWallet found that 73 will be the norm retirement age for millennials. SEVENTY-THREE. The current average retirement age is 61. Help us, we’re poor.
With the median debt for a student upon graduation at $23,300 and 18% of students unemployed at that time, there’s no question why this is our fate.
The first couple times I saw one of these little witty remarks on someecards, I thought it was hilarious. You know, because I was 22 and it seemed like everyone really was getting married while I was at the bar crying to the bathroom attendant about my life. But, four years later, this whole concept of millennial women shaming other millennials who are getting married or the self-deprecating “humor” that just comes with still being single at 25 (God Forbid!) has become exasperating.
The other day, I received a message from a friend who told me she felt depressed because one of her good friends had just gotten engaged while she still had zero prospects for marriage. I wanted to comfort her, but I was at a loss for words.