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(NBC News)   Millennials are the most stressed-out generation EVAR. Hopefully they'll get some kind of trophy for this   (vitals.nbcnews.com) divider line 65
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2013-02-08 09:34:47 AM
7 votes:
18-34?? Screw you, you can't lump me in with those 18-21 year old morons.
2013-02-08 09:48:10 AM
5 votes:
Well, I can't say I'm particularly stressed, life has been pretty great so far actually. Key things for my stress free life:

1.) smoke herb everyday
2.) work that ass out and eat a healthy diet
3.) stay off facebook, except for the occasional "I'm alive" update
4.) marry your sexy best friend and have lots of sexy times together
5.) no kids
6.) pay yo damn bills
7.) surround yourself with intelligent and funny people; gleefully shun douchebags and drama queens.
8.) drink only in social situations
9.) don't put too much stock in what everyone/pop culture/religion says you should be doing
10.) call your parents regularly; they love you, and  they want to see you succeed/be happy.
2013-02-08 09:39:18 AM
5 votes:

LDM90: In before people saying BS I don't believe it and when I was young and kids these days.

/snowflake crotchfruit


I just wanted to get in before the older generation whines about the generation they raised.

Hey, it wasn't the kids in those PTA meetings demanding everyone get a trophy.
2013-02-08 10:17:21 AM
4 votes:
These articles never mention the real causes of stress other than unemployment.

1) The constant bombardment of bad news from around the world, especially that of which you could never make it a priority to do anything about.
2) The constant pressure of being told how to live your life, not just by parents, but by the media, every idiot blog writer, employers etc.
3) The constant self-inflicted exposure to jealousy (and therefore dissatisfaction with life) caused by watching shows about wealthy people and spending time on facebook.
4) The constant pressure (again self-inflicted) of being judged on facebook, match, etc.
5) The complete detachment from nature.

Pick 3 of these things, and completely cut them from your life (or add more in the case of nature).  I promise you, you will be happier.
2013-02-08 10:02:22 AM
4 votes:
Wait, twenty somethings are more stressed than older adults that have had time to adapt and stop caring? I'm shocked!

/they'll get over it
//ten years from now we will hear how the Bieber generation is the most stressed.
2013-02-08 09:51:11 AM
4 votes:
Ah, yes. Let's continue expecting younger generations to work harder, get more education, carry more debt, and do more with less than what every generation before them had.

It's a SWELL economic model that's working out great!
2013-02-08 01:32:07 PM
3 votes:

PsiChick: onyxruby: A generation that by and large was never taught to deal with stress or failure and raised as snowflakes can't deal with the real world? Surprise! I work at a University where we have student workers, many of whom have never dealt with the real world before. We watch them meltdown as they discover that having their mother call in for them is /not/ an excusable absence!

It is such a problem that we have a special ceremony in the fall just to separate the parents from the students so that the students can start to deal with the real world all by themselves. I have heard from people that the military and similar institutions have the same problems.

I'm all for not going back to whippings and other such things that used to be common, but the raising of snowflakes has /got/ to stop. Your not doing your kids any favors by raising a snowflake, your actually doing long terms psychological damage.

/rant off

Oh, look! In your world, children of my generation didn't grow up knowing that if you weren't a straight-A student your parents couldn't afford college, find out that college was a straight-A game  even if professors were unwilling to give you anything higher than a C (I have had a teacher tell me that she aimed for her students getting Cs  in a class of people who could barely afford college to begin with), and then have a shiatty job market, global warming, you will probably never get Social Security or retirement, you're going to spend your life in a barely-above-minimum-wage job working for 3 or 4 people, and get treated like shiat...

And everyone blames you for it and calls you an entitled snowflake!

Your world must be so great not to have that!

/Victim-blaming, isn't it lovely?


The joke's on them, though. When they're shiatting their diapers in the cheapest retirement home their children can stuff them in to (which is only about 10 years from now, given the terrible health of most of the boomers), guess what? The nursing staff will be millennials. Good luck prying them away from their iPhones and facebooks long enough to change your shiat-caked pants before your bedsores get infected.

The most useless, lazy, entitled, whiny slackers I've ever worked with have all been boomers. Most of the millennials I have worked around were quiet and relatively competent... even if a lot of them have the attention span of a gnat and way too much metal embedded in their face.

/Generation X
//can't wait to see the Boomers foiled by their own shoddy parenting... especially the ones that have the audacity to call the younger generations 'entitled' after they kept electing Big Business flunkies who proceeded to ship jobs overseas and irreversibly fark up the economy
2013-02-08 10:39:43 AM
3 votes:

meanmutton: Woah, woah, woah. NO WAY you put that shiat up to 34. FFS, kidswho are 18 were born in 1995. They were 6 for 9/11, born after Communism, grew up with the Internet, and were born when I was a senior in high school.


At one end of that you have people who remember the fall of the Berlin wall. At the other, you have people who have no idea Berlin was ever split.

At one end, you have people who used to have a set of encyclopedias on their bookshelf for doing school work. On the other, you have people who never did research in a world without Wikipedia.

At one end, you have people who only a few weeks ago first lived in a world without a Clinton in government. At the other, you have people who were born while a peanut farmer was president.

That seems like a big enough generational gap that it should probably justify splitting them.
2013-02-08 10:06:23 AM
3 votes:

I would show this article to my father, but I'm afraid the ensuing laughing fit might kill him.

Born in the 1920's, his father died a few years after he was born. His mother raised 3 kids by herself in poverty through the depression.

After that Norman Rockwell childhood, he took accelerated courses so he could graduate high school at 17 and go off to war. No senior year of high school, no proms or any of that good stuff.

So for my father, and all the guys like him, let me say to all you little stressed out snowflakes:

FARK YOU, PUSSIES!
2013-02-08 10:05:18 AM
3 votes:

HMS_Blinkin: FarknGroovn: It's almost as though they are emotionally unprepared for the real world.  Imagine that.

On the flip side of that, it's almost as though they have been placed in a nearly untenable economic situation after being fed a bunch of lies about the value of a college degree by older generations.

/I'm not disagreeing that a lot of millennials are unprepared, but no one can deny that they've been thrust into a fairly shiatty set of circumstances


I know people who went to college for what was highly recommended at the time, and walk out to no jobs and basically have to start all over.  I think that massive debt being a given, is fairly unique to younger people of this generation.  Many jobs require extreme specialization, and that locks you out of other options.

I consider myself lucky to have gotten a job about 6 months after graduating.  If I was just graduating today, I'd be screwed.
2013-02-08 09:47:54 AM
3 votes:

cchris_39: FTA -

Most of these young people have come out of college or graduate school with horrendous student debt into a job market where there are not very many jobs

There is your window of hope Republicans.  Wake up, idiots.


It not all so bad. When they do get a job, now they get the workload of 3 or 4 people used to have and told to suck it up or they will be fired. All the same time they have had their salaries slashed, benefits cut to the bare minimum and treated like shiat by the company because then they can make an extra 1/4% profit on the next quarter.

Gen X and their parents screwed the pooches plenty here too. Of course now they are all scared because the people who will take care off them in retirement are all broke and been kicked in the dust by them and it is unlikely there will be another 1918 Spanish flu to sort out the job figures.
2013-02-08 09:44:58 AM
3 votes:
As a Gen Xer, I am old enough to have had grandparents who were in their teens and twenties during the Great Depression.  I remember the stories they told me.  My grandparents are all dead, so I invite the Millenials to bite my ass instead.
2013-02-08 09:38:16 AM
3 votes:
It's almost as though they are emotionally unprepared for the real world.  Imagine that.
2013-02-08 01:17:24 PM
2 votes:
Gen Xers and Millennial are equally stressed. Xers just handle it better. Because we're not big momma's boys like the Millennials.
2013-02-08 12:11:18 PM
2 votes:

Thunderpipes: Keep voting for Democrats, young idiots. They bring this on themselves. 8% unemployment, with the real number more around 11%, and they still flock to liberal banners. A smart person would demand different leadership. College grads have a terrible time right now, and they still vote for Obama in droves. Stupidity at its finest.

You reap what you sow.


Yeah because the alternatives are so appealing.   Why would a young person vote for a party that has shown no interest in them?   A party that is rape obsessed, anti-abortion, religious zealots?   Not to mention that Republicans are so blatantly pro-corporation it is sickening to people that are told by corporations that they work they have done so far is worthless, their value as an employee ends when they no longer make them a profit, and that on the job training is a thing of the past.

Democrats may be scum that don't respect individual rights as guaranteed by the constitution, but at least they put on an appearance of caring for all.
2013-02-08 11:59:10 AM
2 votes:

2headedboy: Pochas: Here come all the assholes from the previous generation, who had everything handed to them by the 2 most prosperous generations before them, managed to fark it all up in an economic disaster, but for the most part still get away with their hefty retirement funds and pensions (pensions don't exist for my generation), yet they still have the audacity and  total lack of awareness to call MY generation entitled.

Dumbasses.

No, my generation left home at 18, went out and found ANY job they could get, including this generation's "I'm too good for McDonalds" type of job, while also attending school.  Calling home and asking for some rent money from time-to-time is not the same as this generation's obsession with living at home until their mid-to-late 20s.  And my generation lost their pensions, lost their shirts in the internet bubble and most of their net worth in the housing bubble, yet they still find a way to support their adult children living in their basement.

In your defense, my generation doesn't have an f-ing clue on how to transition kids into adults.  The precious snowflake syndrome is a horrible cancer on this nation and it's very real.  I transitioned my son out the door at 19, paid half his rent for just one year and then sent him on his way into the real world and he's doing great on his own now.  I watch my neighbor's 26 year-old 'adult' stumble home at 3 in the morning, not lift a finger while his Dad mows all of his neighbor's lawns for extra cash and all his Mom can say is how glad she is that he's home safe and sound where she can keep an eye on him, saying "he's thinking about going to school" for about 3 years now.  And he doesn't work.  It's a sad and pathetic waste of life and I blame his parents more than I blame him.  But at some point he needs to take control and responsibility of his life despite his parents and start living it.

So, in conclusion, it's Obama's fault.


And back then any job would cover rent. Hell a lot of entry level jobs would cover rent, college, and a baby.  Now McDonalds barely pays enough to justify getting to the job.  Wage stagnation has been happening since the 70's and with the Boomers inflating their property prices, owning a home is out of reach unless you get lucky landing a job in your field.   Even then most of your check is going towards the mortgage.  Your 401K is being severely underfunded, and you're keeping an eye on the job listings every 6 months because companies no longer even feel guilty about cutting the work force.
2013-02-08 11:18:41 AM
2 votes:
Here come all the assholes from the previous generation, who had everything handed to them by the 2 most prosperous generations before them, managed to fark it all up in an economic disaster, but for the most part still get away with their hefty retirement funds and pensions (pensions don't exist for my generation), yet they still have the audacity and  total lack of awareness to call MY generation entitled.

Dumbasses.
2013-02-08 10:51:36 AM
2 votes:
18-34? These are the idiots that voted for Obama. They get what they deserve.

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2013-02-08 10:48:36 AM
2 votes:
not difficult to understand...mountains of debt + limited economic opportunity = lots of stress.

this equation was why many of our ancestors left the old country.
2013-02-08 10:27:02 AM
2 votes:
"There are times, however, and this is one of them, when even being right feels wrong. What do you say, for instance, about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death? If making love might be fatal and if a cool spring breeze on any summer afternoon can turn a crystal blue lake into a puddle of black poison right in front of your eyes, there is not much left except TV and relentless masturbation. It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shiat and die." 
― Hunter S. Thompson, Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80's
2013-02-08 10:07:14 AM
2 votes:
A generation that by and large was never taught to deal with stress or failure and raised as snowflakes can't deal with the real world? Surprise! I work at a University where we have student workers, many of whom have never dealt with the real world before. We watch them meltdown as they discover that having their mother call in for them is /not/ an excusable absence!

It is such a problem that we have a special ceremony in the fall just to separate the parents from the students so that the students can start to deal with the real world all by themselves. I have heard from people that the military and similar institutions have the same problems.

I'm all for not going back to whippings and other such things that used to be common, but the raising of snowflakes has /got/ to stop. Your not doing your kids any favors by raising a snowflake, your actually doing long terms psychological damage.

/rant off
2013-02-08 09:53:42 AM
2 votes:
I'm Gen-X, and I'm not stressed. Of course, that's because I got a divorce, quit my job working for an ethically-challenged company, and moved away from the cities that got on my nerves. I'm also very in love, which helps a lot.

Stress is self-inflicted. You can always walk away. If you're working yourself into a frenzy and overloading yourself, that's on you. If you're surrounded by assholes, that's also on you. You're a sovereign human being; Just leave if you're  oh so stressed.

Yes, you  can just quit, drop out, leave, walk away, ignore the idiots, shed the fools, and avoid stressful people, places, and situations.

Another thing I'd suggest: Stop watching the news and paying attention to politics unless it's something really big. If we're invaded or if a hurricane's coming, then sure, watch the news. Otherwise, all the news can do for you is make you feel worse about the world you live in. Avoid that crap. It's brain-poison.

I'll say it again: Stress is self-inflicted. You  always have a choice, unless you're an actual prisoner.
2013-02-08 09:53:02 AM
2 votes:
The world is farked, we're all connected enough to intimately know it, it's our job to fix it, and everyone else thinks we're ungrateful for the gift they've given us.

No stress there.
2013-02-08 09:52:45 AM
2 votes:

FarknGroovn: It's almost as though they are emotionally unprepared for the real world.  Imagine that.


On the flip side of that, it's almost as though they have been placed in a nearly untenable economic situation after being fed a bunch of lies about the value of a college degree by older generations.

/I'm not disagreeing that a lot of millennials are unprepared, but no one can deny that they've been thrust into a fairly shiatty set of circumstances
2013-02-08 09:49:54 AM
2 votes:
FTFA:  So-called "Millennials," defined here as American adults ages 18 to 34

I was born in 1979 and now I'm being called a Millennial? My life has been turned upside down this Friday morning.
2013-02-08 09:42:29 AM
2 votes:

Alex Broughton Butt Chugger: 18-34?? Screw you, you can't lump me in with those 18-21 year old morons.

Aye, this is the dumbest lumping together of multiple generations I have ever seen. So someone born in 1979 is now considered a "Millenial"? Uh...no.
2013-02-08 10:33:02 PM
1 votes:

PsiChick: Oh, look! In your world, children of my generation didn't grow up knowing that if you weren't a straight-A student your parents couldn't afford college, find out that college was a straight-A game even if professors were unwilling to give you anything higher than a C (I have had a teacher tell me that she aimed for her students getting Cs in a class of people who could barely afford college to begin with), and then have a shiatty job market, global warming, you will probably never get Social Security or retirement, you're going to spend your life in a barely-above-minimum-wage job working for 3 or 4 people, and get treated like shiat...

And everyone blames you for it and calls you an entitled snowflake!

Your world must be so great not to have that!

/Victim-blaming, isn't it lovely?


Your comment is completely incoherent and makes no sense for me to respond to. Are you complaining because many people in your generation were told to go to college and that should be their only life choice? If you are, I've seen that and I happen to think it was a terrible think that never should have happened. A society can't function on college educated people alone, a point Scott Adams famously made years ago. That being said this has nothing to do with snowflakes that were coddled so severely that they think their rights are being violated when they can't use facebook at work.

Beyond that the rest of your post in completely incomprehensible. People working multiple jobs to survive? That's been the case for countless generations, the American dream was the idea that you could raise a family on a single forty hour a week job. However the loss of that has everything to do with outsourcing and shipping jobs overseas and nothing to do with snowflakes.

Global warming? Seriously? Are you trying to relate global warming to snowflakes that have been excessively coddled by their parents? I can't even begin to imagine how I can possibly explain to you that these are completely unrelated. My post was talking about snowflakes that have been excessively coddled and the real world consequences of what happens when they join the real world and you brought up global warming......
2013-02-08 08:22:10 PM
1 votes:
Yeah, I'm not surprised. We're supposed to work longer hours for less money, less vacation, and less benefits than either our parents or our parent's parents. And we have to have a significant level of education just to get to there! 50-60 years ago, people could support families working jobs out of high school - now you have people with master's degrees and PhDs that can't do that. Even STEM PhDs, in some cases.

Although I don't really consider myself (at 31) to be a Millennial, we've seen the leading edge of the change.

Plus, we're the ones stuck with the impending collapse of the environment, which gets more and more obvious every year.

Oh, and if you wonder why Millennials are so obsessed with getting awards, it's because competition is expected at every level and our society discards the mediocre. You're expected to compete for even crappy jobs and you can always be replaced if you underperform or ask for too much in return. There is no security.
2013-02-08 02:23:00 PM
1 votes:

ZeroPly: Even a bachelor party is a choreographed production - there are more people taking video and uploading photos to Instagram than there are those actually engaged in the event.


The Gen-Xs I hung out with at "marrying age" new better than to allow cameras. The permanent recordthey used to threaten us with when we did stupid shiat in school? It's real for the Millenials. It's the Internet.
2013-02-08 01:44:02 PM
1 votes:

Plastic Trash Vortex: The joke's on them, though. When they're shiatting their diapers in the cheapest retirement home their children can stuff them in to (which is only about 10 years from now, given the terrible health of most of the boomers), guess what? The nursing staff will be millennials. Good luck prying them away from their iPhones and facebooks long enough to change your shiat-caked pants before your bedsores get infected.

The most useless, lazy, entitled, whiny slackers I've ever worked with have all been boomers. Most of the millennials I have worked around were quiet and relatively competent... even if a lot of them have the attention span of a gnat and way too much metal embedded in their face.

/Generation X
//can't wait to see the Boomers foiled by their own shoddy parenting... especially the ones that have the audacity to call the younger generations 'entitled' after they kept electing Big Business flunkies who proceeded to ship jobs overseas and irreversibly fark up the economy


Well, actually, it'll probably be less dramatic than that. Most people who go into nursing or elder care are pretty committed. So it'll be more like our generation fixing all the shiat the Boomers came up with, then taking care of them because we're a bunch of self-sacrificing morans.

/And yeah, I gotta say, Boomers are probably not the best workers in the current job market, but if we as a society could find a way to live the way they wanted...damn, I want that society.
2013-02-08 01:38:43 PM
1 votes:

starsrift: plcow: topcon: No one born in the 70's is a "millennial ."  It's a pet peeve of mine when people confuse Gen Xers with Gen Yers.

Gen Xers largely did not grow up with the internet.

I have always wondered that to. I was born in '81.  First, I was tail end Gen-X, then I was Gen-Y, now somehow I am a Millenial.  I had records and cassette tapes in elementary school, cassette tapes in junior high, and cds in highschool.  I didn't get my first cell phone until I was well into college.  Facebook became available to my university my senior year. (if anybody remembers that it started out needed a college e-mail address).  Please don't associate me with a generation that woud rather check their facebook in a 10 second elevator ride than say good morning to a live human being standing next to them.

I've heard it called the (new) Lost Generation. Between the X'er's and Millenials, nobody gives a fark about that cohort and nobody ever will.


Yeah, someone who was an adult and out of high school on 9/11 would be turning 30 right about now, and has almost nothing in common with the Millennials.

Of course, they're not approaching the levels of smug and crotchetiness Gen X is putting out at this point, either.
2013-02-08 01:33:29 PM
1 votes:

jimmyego: [i.imgur.com image 850x611]


I hate things like that.

The first generation gets "hard working", "family friendly" and "activist"?

They're not actually significantly more or less hard-working than any other generation has been. To the contrary, they're the second generation to see a steep decline in average working time because there was a big backlash at the end of the 19th century against the length of the typical work week. And they were the least productive on that chart by a long shot.

And "family friendly"? Why? Because disagreeing with your husband got you (acceptably) beat so women stayed quiet and submissive and kept all their feelings and problems bottled up? Because divorce was an enormous taboo so people stayed together in dysfunctional marriages or just quietly went their separate ways without making any official change in their status?

And what's "activist" about the generation that actively tried to keep the U.S. as isolationist as possible during one of the darkest periods of human history? They disliked anybody that wasn't white and protestant, they didn't really support women's rights in any serious way and much of the generation was instrumental in resisting the civil rights movement.

The only thing that's constant about generational changes is that the older ones unjustifiably view themselves as somehow superior to the younger ones. For example:

browser_snake: Gen Xers and Millennial are equally stressed. Xers just handle it better. Because we're not big momma's boys like the Millennials.


Yea. Right. I'll remember that the next time I'm watching one of my Gen-X peers whine like a little biatch because the Gen-Y kid at Starbucks didn't froth his coffee right.
2013-02-08 01:23:29 PM
1 votes:
I do not doubt that they feel stress more than any other age group, but that doesn't mean they are stressed by anything legitimately stressful.  They are just weak and a soft breeze threatens to break them.  Poor parenting.

But you know what people under 25 are best at?  They excel at liking shiatty music.
2013-02-08 12:29:28 PM
1 votes:

onyxruby: A generation that by and large was never taught to deal with stress or failure and raised as snowflakes can't deal with the real world? Surprise! I work at a University where we have student workers, many of whom have never dealt with the real world before. We watch them meltdown as they discover that having their mother call in for them is /not/ an excusable absence!

It is such a problem that we have a special ceremony in the fall just to separate the parents from the students so that the students can start to deal with the real world all by themselves. I have heard from people that the military and similar institutions have the same problems.

I'm all for not going back to whippings and other such things that used to be common, but the raising of snowflakes has /got/ to stop. Your not doing your kids any favors by raising a snowflake, your actually doing long terms psychological damage.

/rant off


Oh, look! In your world, children of my generation didn't grow up knowing that if you weren't a straight-A student your parents couldn't afford college, find out that college was a straight-A game  even if professors were unwilling to give you anything higher than a C (I have had a teacher tell me that she aimed for her students getting Cs  in a class of people who could barely afford college to begin with), and then have a shiatty job market, global warming, you will probably never get Social Security or retirement, you're going to spend your life in a barely-above-minimum-wage job working for 3 or 4 people, and get treated like shiat...

And everyone blames you for it and calls you an entitled snowflake!

Your world must be so great not to have that!

/Victim-blaming, isn't it lovely?
2013-02-08 12:21:51 PM
1 votes:

plcow: These articles never mention the real causes of stress other than unemployment.

1) The constant bombardment of bad news from around the world, especially that of which you could never make it a priority to do anything about.
2) The constant pressure of being told how to live your life, not just by parents, but by the media, every idiot blog writer, employers etc.
3) The constant self-inflicted exposure to jealousy (and therefore dissatisfaction with life) caused by watching shows about wealthy people and spending time on facebook.
4) The constant pressure (again self-inflicted) of being judged on facebook, match, etc.
5) The complete detachment from nature.

Pick 3 of these things, and completely cut them from your life (or add more in the case of nature).  I promise you, you will be happier.


re: newsletter stop  I'll need your address to send payment stop
2013-02-08 12:12:50 PM
1 votes:

Girion47: And back then any job would cover rent.


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2013-02-08 12:05:01 PM
1 votes:

vonapathy: Well, I can't say I'm particularly stressed, life has been pretty great so far actually. Key things for my stress free life:

1.) smoke herb everyday
2.) work that ass out and eat a healthy diet
3.) stay off facebook, except for the occasional "I'm alive" update
4.) marry your sexy best friend and have lots of sexy times together
5.) no kids
6.) pay yo damn bills
7.) surround yourself with intelligent and funny people; gleefully shun douchebags and drama queens.
8.) drink only in social situations
9.) don't put too much stock in what everyone/pop culture/religion says you should be doing
10.) call your parents regularly; they love you, and  they want to see you succeed/be happy.


^this - all of it
2013-02-08 12:00:25 PM
1 votes:
Keep voting for Democrats, young idiots. They bring this on themselves. 8% unemployment, with the real number more around 11%, and they still flock to liberal banners. A smart person would demand different leadership. College grads have a terrible time right now, and they still vote for Obama in droves. Stupidity at its finest.

You reap what you sow.
2013-02-08 11:51:10 AM
1 votes:

Pochas: Here come all the assholes from the previous generation, who had everything handed to them by the 2 most prosperous generations before them, managed to fark it all up in an economic disaster, but for the most part still get away with their hefty retirement funds and pensions (pensions don't exist for my generation), yet they still have the audacity and  total lack of awareness to call MY generation entitled.

Dumbasses.


No, my generation left home at 18, went out and found ANY job they could get, including this generation's "I'm too good for McDonalds" type of job, while also attending school.  Calling home and asking for some rent money from time-to-time is not the same as this generation's obsession with living at home until their mid-to-late 20s.  And my generation lost their pensions, lost their shirts in the internet bubble and most of their net worth in the housing bubble, yet they still find a way to support their adult children living in their basement.

In your defense, my generation doesn't have an f-ing clue on how to transition kids into adults.  The precious snowflake syndrome is a horrible cancer on this nation and it's very real.  I transitioned my son out the door at 19, paid half his rent for just one year and then sent him on his way into the real world and he's doing great on his own now.  I watch my neighbor's 26 year-old 'adult' stumble home at 3 in the morning, not lift a finger while his Dad mows all of his neighbor's lawns for extra cash and all his Mom can say is how glad she is that he's home safe and sound where she can keep an eye on him, saying "he's thinking about going to school" for about 3 years now.  And he doesn't work.  It's a sad and pathetic waste of life and I blame his parents more than I blame him.  But at some point he needs to take control and responsibility of his life despite his parents and start living it.

So, in conclusion, it's Obama's fault.
2013-02-08 10:50:42 AM
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I'm guessing people are focusing on the douchebag Milennials. I'm in an agegroup that's stuck firmly between X and Y, and if I weren't doing the stay-at-home-dad thing and my wife didn't have a decent job, I'd be scared shiatless.  Honestly, when I got out of highschool, looking at the job listings made it crystal clear that, unless you were willing to do insanely dangerous work, you had to have a degree to get a decent job.  Now?  We have all these kids who saw the same kinds of job listings before they went into school, and, hey, has anyone noticed the trends on new job listings?  Must be currently employed.  Must have 4-7 years experience in this field.  If I was fresh out of college and carrying a bunch of debt, I know damn well I would be scared shiatless and holding out for a job that could help me pay off those loans.

Like I said above, I cringe when someone uses the word 'privilege', but I can't think of a better word.  I may have come from a poorish midwestern environment but my mom and dad were good savers, and my wife was just poor enough, and was smart enough, to qualify for all sorts of assistance.  We wouldn't have made it on our own.  "But I had to do it all on my own because my well-to-do parents made me do it."  Yeah...I'm sure Mom and Dad never helped you get a better-paying job, never lent a hand when your car was about to fall apart, never stepped in when the SHTF, never exerted any influence when you were job-hunting, never hired you to work at the family business, or any of that.  They never do, it's always other people who have that privilege, and everyone else is just a bunch of whiners who just don't understand that you had it harder than those lucky duckies.  Besides, you have poor friends who play games and smoke weed all day, so that means poor people have it easy.
2013-02-08 10:48:41 AM
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Vegan Meat Popsicle: meanmutton: Woah, woah, woah. NO WAY you put that shiat up to 34. FFS, kidswho are 18 were born in 1995. They were 6 for 9/11, born after Communism, grew up with the Internet, and were born when I was a senior in high school.

At one end of that you have people who remember the fall of the Berlin wall. At the other, you have people who have no idea Berlin was ever split.

At one end, you have people who used to have a set of encyclopedias on their bookshelf for doing school work. On the other, you have people who never did research in a world without Wikipedia.

At one end, you have people who only a few weeks ago first lived in a world without a Clinton in government. At the other, you have people who were born while a peanut farmer was president.

That seems like a big enough generational gap that it should probably justify splitting them.


Kids who are 18 today were 7 on Sept 11, 2001.  They literally might not remember a time when we weren't actively at war.  That's how old I was when the Berlin wall fell.

/Damn I feel old.
2013-02-08 10:47:56 AM
1 votes:

vonapathy: Well, I can't say I'm particularly stressed, life has been pretty great so far actually. Key things for my stress free life:

1.) smoke herb everyday
2.) work that ass out and eat a healthy diet
3.) stay off facebook, except for the occasional "I'm alive" update
4.) marry your sexy best friend and have lots of sexy times together
5.) no kids
6.) pay yo damn bills
7.) surround yourself with intelligent and funny people; gleefully shun douchebags and drama queens.
8.) drink only in social situations
9.) don't put too much stock in what everyone/pop culture/religion says you should be doing
10.) call your parents regularly; they love you, and  they want to see you succeed/be happy.


1.) nevermind those minor legalities (however, jail causes some people to stress)
2.) did you read number 1? minor conflict
3.) sage advice
4.) check
5.) Brilliant! (just be sure your SO feels the same way [ahead of time] otherwise that could backfire)
6.) b-b-b-but the boomers taught us to spend more than the universe contains, what could go wrong?
7.) Lulz, says the guy posting on fark.  getaloadofthisguy.jpg
8.) Cheers.
9.) but be sure to put sufficient stock in
10.) you have obviously never met my parents, i have found stress levels to remain manageable as long as they are at least 60 miles away and only call for important things.
2013-02-08 10:46:58 AM
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18-34 is a bad age grouping.  I'm 33, and I was on the tail end of the whole public-university-being-cheap.  My parents paid for my schooling, which was a whopping $40k for them for all four years, then grad school paid by school.  $40k these days will get about 1-2 years of school, so I can understand the debt stress the 18-25 year old crowd is going through, and not having a job market when you're done.

But then I see how clueless most of these 22 year old interns and new hires are, and I pretty much stop caring.  The good ones we keep.
2013-02-08 10:38:34 AM
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You Must Construct Additional Pylons.: As a functioning 27 year old with a home and family I get a kick out of this.

I always though my parents were hard asses and cruel because when I turned 14 they made me buy everything other than standard clothes (jcpenny, walmart) and food.

Anything else I had to work for, even though my parents were pretty well off. They did gift me half my college after graduation because I had a 3.9 somthing.

Having parents that cared enough to teach me the hard lesson that everyone and everything are not always equal, priceless.

Most of my old friends complain they never have money yet magically get weed, cigarettes, alcohol and video games so /shrug.


Yeah, the world is divided between people who work hard and make it, and people who don't work hard so they don't.  There's absolutely no way people could work hard to get through school, have to pay for it on its own, and find that the job market no longer supports the level of debt that they accumulated.

I commend you for working hard, and it sounds like your parents' strategy worked, and I commend you for knuckling down and getting it done.  I had a roommate whose parents were that way, and he's a success today, unlike me.  But, as much as I cringe when people say 'privilege', you had it.  I also knew people who worked every bit as hard as my roommate, busted their butts to get into decent fields, but because they started off at a disadvantage, they now owe enough money, and are now part of the job market that says they have to be "globally competitive", that they'll never be out of debt despite keeping it to necessities.  fark them, right?
2013-02-08 10:34:49 AM
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fifthhorseman: "There are times, however, and this is one of them, when even being right feels wrong. What do you say, for instance, about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death? If making love might be fatal and if a cool spring breeze on any summer afternoon can turn a crystal blue lake into a puddle of black poison right in front of your eyes, there is not much left except TV and relentless masturbation. It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat shiat and die." 
― Hunter S. Thompson, Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80's


That's just...damn he was great with words.
2013-02-08 10:28:33 AM
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Alex Broughton Butt Chugger: 18-34?? Screw you, you can't lump me in with those 18-21 year old morons.


Woah, woah, woah. NO WAY you put that shiat up to 34. FFS, kidswho are 18 were born in 1995. They were 6 for 9/11, born after Communism, grew up with the Internet, and were born when I was a senior in high school.
2013-02-08 10:28:19 AM
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Pick13: FTFA:  So-called "Millennials," defined here as American adults ages 18 to 34

I was born in 1979 and now I'm being called a Millennial? My life has been turned upside down this Friday morning.


You think that's bad?  I was born in 1975, right in that cutoff period.

I don't get the X'ers saying "you can bite me".  All those complaints we level at the milennials?  People said the same things about us...
2013-02-08 10:20:48 AM
1 votes:
As a functioning 27 year old with a home and family I get a kick out of this.

I always though my parents were hard asses and cruel because when I turned 14 they made me buy everything other than standard clothes (jcpenny, walmart) and food.

Anything else I had to work for, even though my parents were pretty well off. They did gift me half my college after graduation because I had a 3.9 somthing.

Having parents that cared enough to teach me the hard lesson that everyone and everything are not always equal, priceless.

Most of my old friends complain they never have money yet magically get weed, cigarettes, alcohol and video games so /shrug.
2013-02-08 10:19:03 AM
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onyxruby: A generation that by and large was never taught to deal with stress or failure and raised as snowflakes can't deal with the real world? Surprise! I work at a University where we have student workers, many of whom have never dealt with the real world before.


I guess it takes one to know one right?

/learned a lot at school, but it was a fantasy land.
2013-02-08 10:18:33 AM
1 votes:

Alex Broughton Butt Chugger: 18-34?? Screw you, you can't lump me in with those 18-21 year old morons.


You can lump me in with them, and I'm 32.  I'm also stressed out.  Over what?  Over my student loans and lack of job to pay them off.  So, I have something in common with those 18-21 year olds :(

/terrible time to be a recent graduate
2013-02-08 10:16:53 AM
1 votes:

InfrasonicTom: They don't need a trophy.  Just give them a new diagnosis and a prescription.


is it ritalin? or perhaps some sort of zoloft combo? it certainly couldn't be good parenting

just take a handful of random pills and throw them at the kids' face and whatever lands in their mouth is the correct dosage!
2013-02-08 10:15:56 AM
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alwaysjaded: LDM90: In before people saying BS I don't believe it and when I was young and kids these days.

/snowflake crotchfruit

I just wanted to get in before the older generation whines about the generation they raised.

Hey, it wasn't the kids in those PTA meetings demanding everyone get a trophy.


This. A generation instills certain values in the kids they raise. Now that these kids have grown up, the old people complain that the young adults have the values taught to them.
2013-02-08 10:15:49 AM
1 votes:

vudukungfu: Nation of pussies.


You'd think a real rancher would have enough to do around his place that he wouldn't have the time to spend the entire day trolling on Fark, yet here you are. Again.
2013-02-08 10:15:23 AM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-02-08 10:12:23 AM
1 votes:
it's the end of the world and i feel fine

/gen x

srsly though i do feel bad for the mills since they will inherit the worst part of the clusterfark left behind by the boomers, and i'm afraid gen x isn't going to be able to (nor care) about softening that blow

hang on to your panties, it's going to be a wild ride

//good luck, we're all counting on you
2013-02-08 10:03:35 AM
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I don't think the amount of stress has changed just the capabilities for dealing with stress were not stressed during the education process.  Parents with the means to take care of their childrens' problems without the child actually having to deal with that problem will most likely do that.  The baby-boomer generation has produced the largest amount of parents capable of dealing with their offsprings' problems for them.  With that, you get this.  The more you help someone, the less likely they are to choose to help themselves first.

Babying children keeps them babies.

This world is rough and if a man's gonna make it he's gotta be tough

Just name your sons Sue.
2013-02-08 10:00:35 AM
1 votes:

Pick13: FTFA:  So-called "Millennials," defined here as American adults ages 18 to 34

I was born in 1979 and now I'm being called a Millennial? My life has been turned upside down this Friday morning.


This is from Wikipedia, and it's been this way for a while:

Generation Y, also called Millennials, describes the generation following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when the Millennial generation starts and ends. Commentators have used birth dates ranging somewhere from the latter 1970s or from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.
2013-02-08 09:58:36 AM
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limeyfellow: It not all so bad. When they do get a job, now they get the workload of 3 or 4 people used to have and told to suck it up or they will be fired. All the same time they have had their salaries slashed, benefits cut to the bare minimum and treated like shiat by the company because then they can make an extra 1/4% profit on the next quarter.


My workload is reasonable, but I've been a "temp" for over two years now. My hourly rate is in the range (low end) of my other co-workers but I have no benefits. I get healthcare through my wife but I get no vacation, holiday, or sick time.
2013-02-08 09:56:57 AM
1 votes:
Born in 1980. Am I Gen X or Gen Y? So confused...

And is a "Millennial" the same thing as Gen Y or after Gen Y?

/ stupid generalizations, anyway...
Zel
2013-02-08 09:56:39 AM
1 votes:
Perceived stress is very high in those sensitive to it. Like how a small cut will cause a child to scream, imperfections in life are always hard on twenty-somethings.
2013-02-08 09:56:23 AM
1 votes:

Pick13: FTFA:  So-called "Millennials," defined here as American adults ages 18 to 34

I was born in 1979 and now I'm being called a Millennial? My life has been turned upside down this Friday morning.


There is no official designation for each generation but I've seen 1961-1981 for Generation X more than anything else so might as well go with that.
2013-02-08 09:51:37 AM
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I've been stressed since school too, what with being forced to put up with work everyday.
2013-02-08 09:42:37 AM
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It stresses me out having the realization that they used to write these articles about us.  (Gen-X).
2013-02-08 09:36:28 AM
1 votes:
Nation of pussies.
2013-02-08 09:32:53 AM
1 votes:
Good.  They can go stress the snow off my sidewalk for $5
 
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