#1 Iím a millennial and my generation sucks by ThirstyMan 07.07.2016 07:00

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By Johnny Oleksinski, July 4, 2016 |

Millennials are the worst. I should know ó I am one.

At 26, Iím stuck in the middle of the worldís most maligned, mocked and discussed age group. And I hate it. Imagine being forever lumped into a smug pack of narcissists who donít just ignore the past, but openly abhor anyone and everything that came before them.

ďMy boomer co-workers get paid more and they have no clue what Reddit is!Ē drones the millennial victim as the tiny violin plays. Meanwhile, baby boomers gave us, um, computers, and our major contributions to society are emojis and TV recaps.

2016 hasnít exactly been a banner year for the Lousiest Generation.

First there was Talia Jane, the dopey, 25-year-old Yelp employee who was rightly fired for whining about her low salary on social media. Next came the 27-year-old Mic writer who told his boss he was taking time off for a funeral when he was actually building a tree house.

And then entered the Sandernistas, Bernie Sanders obsessives who preached reform and inclusion by berating their closest friends and family for daring to think differently. (One post on the ďBernie or BustĒ Facebook group reads, ďI donít want to be friends with you if you support Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.Ē)

This is what happens when parents slap their toddlerís headshot on a birthday cake.

Recently, a comment from a colleague hit me like a stray selfie-stick. She said, ďIn some ways I love being a millennial, because itís so much easier to be better than the rest of our generation. Because they suck.Ē It was jarring to hear the truth so plainly stated. But sheís right. We suck. We really suck.

Like a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, I must admit that Iím powerless to my biological age. Nonetheless I fight back every day against the traits that have come to define Gen Y: entitlement, dependency, nonstop complaining, laziness, Kardashians.

People like me are called ďold souls,Ē or ď26-going-on-76.Ē Weíre chided by our peers for silly things such as enjoying adulthood, commuting to a physical office and not being enamored with Brooklyn. Contentment has turned us into lepers. Or worse: functioning human beings.

My millennial friends want me to be hopelessly nostalgic for the í90s, obsessing over which ďSaved by the BellĒ character Iím most like, while ironically purchasing Dunkaroos and Snapchatting my vacant expressions for 43 pals to ignore. Or flying home for the weekend to recover from office burnout by getting some shut-eye in my pristine childhood bedroom. Thanks, but Iíll pass.

This is my number one rule: Do whatever millennials donít. Definite no-nos include quitting a job or relationship the moment my mood drops from ecstatic to merely content; expecting the world to kowtow to my every childish whim; and assuming that I am always the most fascinating person in the room, hell, the zip code.

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The situation looks bleak ó but we can turn it around, millennials. Hereís how. Action item one: Stop blaming everybody. Donít blame the big banks, donít blame your mom, donít blame the baby boomers, donít blame your employer, your landlord, the economy, the Apple store, the media, the airlines, the weatherman, George R.R. Martin. By absolving ourselves of responsibility, weíve become forever 8-year-olds, tattling on the world in hopes it will better our situation. It wonít. It will only make it crummier.

Action item two: Stop being so insular. Many young people were shocked when Brexit won out in the UK, or when Donald Trump became the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Thatís because youíve curated your social media accounts ó where most of your interaction takes place ó to be in total agreement with your opinions. But most of the world doesnít think the way you do, which doesnít make them bad, just different. Try empathy on for size. Befriend some dissenters. Grab a beer with them, listen to what they have to say. For once, donít yell at them.

Action item three: Stop waiting around for something big to happen. Getting a job is hard. Filling out a million online forms isnít enough. Primping your LinkedIn and hoping your God-given greatness will finally be recognized by everybody else like your grandma always said it would will get you zip, zilch, zero. You need to leave your apartment, meet people, be assertive, interested, open. Iíve gotten full-time jobs by sitting at bars and dancing at wedding receptions.

Fellow millennials, I want to like you. I really do. But you make it damn near impossible sometimes.

http://nypost.com/2016/07/04/im-a-millen...neration-sucks/

#2 RE: Iím a millennial and my generation sucks by Rufus T Firefly 07.07.2016 07:30

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I'll agree with the author up to a point - where he talks about the Sanders supporters. My millenial daughter is one - but she and I don't talk politics and we get along fine. Most of the other stereotypes mentioned in the article she doesn't fit. She's a hard worker, has had the same job for a while, etc. And her millenial husband does not share her Sanders views. His political views align more with mine (which means he is correct - ha ha).

I guess I'm a member of the "boomer" generation. I'm not going to be too quick to throw stones at others - especially since MY generation produced the likes of the Xlintons and the Obamas, and worshipped people like Che Guevera.

#3 RE: Iím a millennial and my generation sucks by ThirstyMan 07.07.2016 07:55

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Quote: Rufus T Firefly wrote in post #2
I'll agree with the author up to a point - where he talks about the Sanders supporters. My millenial daughter is one - but she and I don't talk politics and we get along fine. Most of the other stereotypes mentioned in the article she doesn't fit. She's a hard worker, has had the same job for a while, etc. And her millenial husband does not share her Sanders views. His political views align more with mine (which means he is correct - ha ha).

I guess I'm a member of the "boomer" generation. I'm not going to be too quick to throw stones at others - especially since MY generation produced the likes of the Xlintons and the Obamas, and worshipped people like Che Guevera.


You make some good points Rufus and that's the weakness/trouble with making broad generalizations like this, they're only generally true. Perhaps your offspring are physically fit as well. I know mine are both well employed and physically fit.

But the Department of Defense states that approximately 75 percent of the 34 million military-aged Millennials in the country are "unfit to serve by current standards." I've noticed the bulge in this generation. When we get older and our metabolism slows down it's more understandible.

And while unfit is sky high at 75%, "unwilling to do their part" is at a whopping 84%.

Could it be that we don't hold the same values as many of today's young people "millennials"?

for more on this see:

http://popularmilitary.com/unready-unwil...ss-and-culture/

and
http://time.com/2938158/youth-fail-to-qu...litary-service/

#4 RE: Iím a millennial and my generation sucks by truthkeeper 07.07.2016 09:28

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Sorry, I'm weighing in with the author.

My kids are 38, 31. and 28 so I get quite a bit of millenial exposure between them and their friends and associates.

Millenials are what you get when narcissists have babies. Lazy, entitled, and self-absorbed. Yes, I know there are exceptions, but generally speaking, think "Kardashian."

First of all, dumb...and culturally ignorant to a frightening degree. Don't bother asking them the most basic questions regarding government and history. They will just spew PC propaganda back at you.

Absolutely no work ethic. They feel life owes them everything. Their mantra is "That's not FAIR." In addition to the stories in the article, did you hear about the brand new office INTERNS who wrote a letter to management demanding they change the dress code to casual? To management's credit, they called them in the next day and fired their whiny butts. Impressive...much of current management is so afraid of litigation they let them get away with murder and then just stand there paralyzed.

My oldest is currently experiencing this in her job as a Manager of a pizza chain. All the employees are of The Selfie Generation. They run roughshod over her, not showing up for work, changing her schedule around, demanding time off, refusing to clean, cook, cashier, and being sassy and insubordinate, even in front of the customers. Upper management never has her back, and never allows her to terminate these slackers without setting up ridiculous hoops and nonsensical disciplinary notices. She can't even fire people who produce massive cash, food, or inventory shortages. Or people who won't show up to work for a month.

These kids can't even hit a standard of bare mediocrity. Why should they work hard? They're full-on socialists and don't understand capitalism. The concept of profit is entirely foreign to them.

I told her to get the hell out and go back to bartending where she could be compensated for her own excellence.

From what I've seen, this entire generation is lost, God help us.

Houston, we have a big, BIG problem.

#5 RE: Iím a millennial and my generation sucks by PzLdr 07.07.2016 12:23

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"Most maligned, mocked and discussed age group"? Try being a Boomer who served his country, obeys the laws, got on with life, held a job, and is forever linked with those draft dodging, left wing insects who went on to worm their way in to education [deferment] and then government. And who are cited in the media as the acme of my generation.

#6 RE: Iím a millennial and my generation sucks by Rufus T Firefly 07.07.2016 16:32

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I think every generation has its good and its bad. We don't get to choose the era in which we are born. Even the so-called "greatest generation" (i.e. my and my wife's parents - alive during two world wars and the Great Depression.) We look back now and wonder how they did it - being dirt poor during the depression and then either going to some hell-hole theater of war or living here at home with all the rationing and shortages)

But they did do it and (most) survived - just by taking it one day at a time. That's all any of us can do.

There are good millenials and not so good millenials. Just to close a loop - my son-in-law (who I mentioned earlier) served a stint in the Navy in the Persian Gulf. Came out, got his degree, and is now making a very decent living. So I hope everyone can understand my reluctance to paint the entire generation with a negative broad brush.

One of the things that DOES irk me about the millenials however is their lack of knowledge of what used to be termed Liberal Arts (not to be confused with political liberals). Liberal arts - particularly history - and the ability to put things in historical context.

But then I realize - if an entire generation does indeed lack in formal education, could it be the fault of the generation that was charged with their education?

#7 RE: Iím a millennial and my generation sucks by ThirstyMan 07.07.2016 19:36

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Quote: Rufus T Firefly wrote in post #6
I think every generation has its good and its bad. We don't get to choose the era in which we are born. Even the so-called "greatest generation" (i.e. my and my wife's parents - alive during two world wars and the Great Depression.) We look back now and wonder how they did it - being dirt poor during the depression and then either going to some hell-hole theater of war or living here at home with all the rationing and shortages)

But they did do it and (most) survived - just by taking it one day at a time. That's all any of us can do.

There are good millenials and not so good millenials. Just to close a loop - my son-in-law (who I mentioned earlier) served a stint in the Navy in the Persian Gulf. Came out, got his degree, and is now making a very decent living. So I hope everyone can understand my reluctance to paint the entire generation with a negative broad brush.

One of the things that DOES irk me about the millenials however is their lack of knowledge of what used to be termed Liberal Arts (not to be confused with political liberals). Liberal arts - particularly history - and the ability to put things in historical context.

But then I realize - if an entire generation does indeed lack in formal education, could it be the fault of the generation that was charged with their education?




One of my gripes is with the PC culture in general, not just millennials. PC-ness has has stripped an entire generation of the ability to think through an issue. Typical of these would be the conclusion, "Anyone who believes ____________ is an idiot" It's that deep!

Believing you have the "right answer" without even knowing the tools that enable one to arrive at an intelligent deduction, is what makes you an idiot. If one knows *how* to build an argument, a conclusion can be built with reasoned thought. PC-ness supplies its adherents with a lazy short circuit. You can be right! [without all that hard work] An entire generation has bought into this Jon Stewart snark.

#8 RE: Iím a millennial and my generation sucks by Rufus T Firefly 07.07.2016 19:52

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Can't argue with anything you wrote, TM.

#9 RE: Iím a millennial and my generation sucks by conservgramma 08.07.2016 09:42

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I can't argue with anything all of you wrote!

I personally believe the biggest reasons for the problems is our education system (or lack thereof) and the PC environment most of these kids have been raised in. How can they know anything correct when they've been brainwashed by the education systems their whole lives?

The day Grampa and I were discussing a recent trip to Boston and the Minute Men National Park being a must-see with a millennial comes to mind when the kid says, "The Revolution? Did we win that one?" (They were completely serious btw) Talk about your facepalm moment.

How do we combat years of failed education?

#10 RE: Iím a millennial and my generation sucks by Rufus T Firefly 08.07.2016 10:10

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Quote: conservgramma wrote in post #9
I can't argue with anything all of you wrote!

I personally believe the biggest reasons for the problems is our education system (or lack thereof) and the PC environment most of these kids have been raised in. How can they know anything correct when they've been brainwashed by the education systems their whole lives?

The day Grampa and I were discussing a recent trip to Boston and the Minute Men National Park being a must-see with a millennial comes to mind when the kid says, "The Revolution? Did we win that one?" (They were completely serious btw) Talk about your facepalm moment.

How do we combat years of failed education?

Your mention of your trip to Boston reminded me of our trip there about 14 or 15 years ago. We were there for my wife's PA conference - she had to attend seminars but for me it was a chance to explore some of our history (which I love doing).

My daughter (a teenager at the time) was along on the trip, along with one of her friends (who I'll call "Doris").

I was with the girls, doing some sightseeing and we were at the waterfront somewhere. We might have been at the NE Aquarium, I'm not sure.

Anyway, "Doris" looked at the waterfront and asked something to the effect "What body of water is that?"

My daughter and I kindly explained that it was a bay, but it was part of the larger Atlantic Ocean. Later, just out of curiosity, we found a map of the US and asked "Doris" to point out where she thought we were. Just a general idea. (I would have been okay if she had pointed to any area on the East Coast.)

She pointed to the approximate area of Chicago!

I should point out that "Doris" was not a stupid person - just poorly educated. (She was a product of our local school system, while my daughter was enrolled in a Christian school where at least US geography and history was taught.)

#11 RE: Iím a millennial and my generation sucks by ThirstyMan 08.07.2016 22:10

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Quote: conservgramma wrote in post #9

The day Grampa and I were discussing a recent trip to Boston and the Minute Men National Park being a must-see with a millennial comes to mind when the kid says, "The Revolution? Did we win that one?"


Jeesh Gramma, I wish you and Grampa had given me a shout out when you were right here in my town.

I'm practically an abutter to the Minute Man park. TM

#12 RE: Iím a millennial and my generation sucks by conservgramma 08.07.2016 23:55

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Lucky you TM! That is the best park, just like stepping back in time 200 years. Amazing how well it's been preserved.

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