We don’t care about this entire generation of Americans, but they’re pretty used to it by now
Stephanie Buck
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What mainly struck me about this article was not so much its apparent topic but its descriptions of Millennials, which seem utterly alien to my experience of them. (I’m in a niche kind of like the “Xennial” one, between boomers and Gen X, but my dad was a very early adopter of some things so my experience of technology is more like an Xennial)

Millennials are people I know mainly through my daughter, and I haven’t found them to have “energetic buoyancy” or to “live to work” or any of that. To the contrary, I find them deeply pessimistic and disillusioned, their experience patterned by economic crisis, fear of climate change, shrinking wages for new college graduates, and the realization that bizarrely to them, old people still have problems with sexual orientation, race and so on. Some are frantically working as hard as they can, but with a sense that it’s the only game in town and a fear that it still won’t work; they know it’s a rat race and think it’s stacked against them, but they gotta survive. Others are radical — idealism combined with disillusionment about how those ideals are treated in the world have led them to deep distrust of the system and a determination to force change. Depression is widespread among them.

Maybe RICH millennials are energetically buoyant; no doubt if you’re in the small group that has been making out like gangbusters this millennium the world is full of possibilities and promise. But I don’t think the majority are.

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