11:23 a.m. May 2, 2013

A scribble

Confirmed: us millennials feel entitled to just about everything, but ~40% don't actually want to work for it.

That's such a millennial thing, and I doubt it's going away. Wonder what happens when the 40% of us who don't want to work find that it's the only way to get by..

I imagine they'll be just as depressed at the baby boomers are now.

Back channel chatter

  1. I think "the generation with unrealistic expectations" covers most of them; the particular myths just vary.

    It's strange to see the image of this generation that's developing, because with some exceptions (socially liberal, used to the internet, trouble making ends meet), it's largely divorced from my own experience. I don't know anyone living with their parents, the millenials I encounter pull long hours at any work they can find, and if anything most seem realistic to the point of bleak cynicism.

    My own experiences just deal with a sliver of a sliver of the population, of course, but I find the gap interesting.

  2. I agree with David. Most of the younger American and Canadian people I know are scarily mature and focussed and have career paths all mapped out and even volunteer in addition to having two or three jobs. I'd like to see a Leigh Cowart takedown of this study...

  3. Heard recently (from Sarah Kendzior, I think) that the millenials, especially the 27-30ish subset, are old enough to remember a functioning economy but have never really worked in one. That struck a chord.

    Hell, maybe rising inequality and all that cultural splintering mean that millenials are too fractured to have a generational identity like the Boomers did. It kind of seems a relic of a time with more widespread affluence and old-school mass media.

  4. I'm only just now seeing this and oh, I would love the chance to get out my bullshit bullhorn. Because yes, please, explain to me how you can characterize an entire modern demographic based on a survey of high schoolers that ended in 2007. A lot has changed since then and disenfranchisement and materialism are as easily reflected in a survey as good ol' fashioned teenage laziness.

    Additionally, without reading the study, I can't know if this is an accurate reflection of data trends - with sensitivity to the study's limitations and inherent bias - OR standard issue media extrapolation.

    If anyone here (or any subscribers reading this) could get me a copy of the research (pdf, please!) I will love you for at least 15 minutes. Maybe even 30!

    Full disclosure, I'm technically an old-ass millennial and David/Kendzior's points above hold some weight with me. Also, I don't personally know any lazy, home-livin' millennial types, but then again, I don't hang out with fucking morons.

    I really want to see that study, though.

  5. Yeah, why don't you lazy millennials quit your privileged bitching and get to work! So much opportunity out there waiting for you.

    Thousands of people showed up to McDonald’s restaurants nationwide to apply for jobs on the hamburger giant’s first National Hiring Day, creating lines in some places.

    You can, too!

  6. I see your fast food jobs, Yasha, and raise you a hedge fund manager yelling at us to move to North Dakota:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/opinion/sunday/the-go-nowhere-generation.html?_r=1

  7. More proof that Generation Y Bother is lazy—and getting lazier!

    Woo-hoo!%20U.S.%20%231%20in%20youth%20unemployment!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/sunday-review/the-idled-young-americans.html

  8. My god, the infection has gone global. Clearly, they should all move to North Dakota. Get thee to a fracking field.

  9. On a more serious note about the divide, the military is one example that stuck with me. Growing up, it was incredibly common for young people to sing up, and there was a surge of recruits after 9/11. Even for those of us from that area who didn't, it formed a big part of what we had to grapple with and formed our opinions accordingly. That's completely, totally absent from the "popular" narratives about millenials I see.

    The Boomers had the draft, but sweeping institutions like that are mostly gone, and I think that makes the experiences of our age group more divided by class and culture than our forebears.

  10. Also: just by my own entirely unscientific ground-level observation, the millenials who joined up with Occupy and similar efforts seemed more likely to ask incredibly obvious-but-verboten questions about tactics and practicality compared to the older protester types, to the point of it being a source of conflict.

    (Swear this is my last comment for a bit. I've ranted enough and have writing to get back to).