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(Gothamist)   Millennials have come down with a condition called "Fauxsumerism," a condition that makes them all just want to browse and not buy anything on the Internet   (gothamist.com) divider line 76
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2014-04-23 08:45:34 AM  
"Want to browse" and "Can't afford" are two different things.
 
2014-04-23 08:50:58 AM  
This gent has NO respect for people with no shopping agenda:
oyster.ignimgs.com
 
2014-04-23 09:16:12 AM  
Which Articles to Avoid, rule #13:

The headline claims to know why millennials do a thing.
 
2014-04-23 09:23:42 AM  
DON'T JUST PERUSE - CONSUME!!
CAPITALISM DEMANDS IT!!
 
2014-04-23 10:15:41 AM  
Do any millennials have totalfark?
 
2014-04-23 10:34:22 AM  

kbronsito: Do any millennials have totalfark?

I'm a borderline case.
 
2014-04-23 10:59:39 AM  

exick: kbronsito: Do any millennials have totalfark?
I'm a borderline case.


I am too.

Millenials have student loans, what discretionary income?
 
2014-04-23 11:15:09 AM  
That's right: 1,300 14-34 year olds were polled to definitively prove that transaction-free Internet window shopping is both delightful and an endless source of fun.

Wow. This is in no way similar to the way kids used to roam in packs for hours in the mall and never actually buy anything due to being broke and just killing time anyways. Wait...it is similar, actually. Only much sadder in that mall rats at least were having actual social interaction and keeping mall cops employed.
 
2014-04-23 11:16:55 AM  
Like Charlie Bucket wistfully walking past the candy shoppe. Why won't you poor, unemployed, student-loan-burdened, lazy, unmotivated, apathetic, hipster, po-mo, upcycling Lyft drivers ever BUY anything?
 
2014-04-23 11:18:55 AM  
In the old days, we called that "window shopping," but it involved walking around and actually getting outside.
 
2014-04-23 11:49:44 AM  

Nabb1: In the old days, we called that "window shopping," but it involved walking around and actually getting outside.


Had catalogues not been invented yet? I mean, once those came along, you could window shop from your armchair!
 
2014-04-23 11:52:30 AM  

Pocket Ninja: Nabb1: In the old days, we called that "window shopping," but it involved walking around and actually getting outside.

Had catalogues not been invented yet? I mean, once those came along, you could window shop from your armchair!


Indeed! We didn't have the internet - we had the Sears catalog. And it had that lingerie section, too, so we made do with that in the days before online smut (and before you finally found where Dad stashed the Playboys).
 
2014-04-23 11:55:38 AM  

Nabb1: Pocket Ninja: Nabb1: In the old days, we called that "window shopping," but it involved walking around and actually getting outside.

Had catalogues not been invented yet? I mean, once those came along, you could window shop from your armchair!

Indeed! We didn't have the internet - we had the Sears catalog. And it had that lingerie section, too, so we made do with that in the days before online smut (and before you finally found where Dad stashed the Playboys).


In my day, that's how you first new if your kid was gay or straight. You checked the mens and womens underwear section and saw which pages were crusty.
 
2014-04-23 11:57:32 AM  

kid_icarus: You checked the mens and womens underwear section and saw which pages were crusty.


Yes, the pre-internet version of spying on your child's browsing history.
 
2014-04-23 11:58:21 AM  
Clearing cache involved ripping out pages (which was, in itself, something of an admission).
 
2014-04-23 12:17:04 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Clearing cache involved ripping out pages (which was, in itself, something of an admission).


Just get rid of the whole catalog. There will be another one in a few months, and then you can start a new browsing session with a clean slate.
 
2014-04-23 12:23:21 PM  
It's called being farking broke, or being somewhat responsible and paying off school debt.
 
2014-04-23 12:24:59 PM  
Windows 8 shopping?
 
2014-04-23 12:38:05 PM  

kbronsito: Do any millennials have totalfark?


Guilty, but just to make this fun: someone else sponsored me; I didn't pay for it myself.
 
2014-04-23 12:44:47 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Clearing cache involved ripping out pages (which was, in itself, something of an admission).


Use scissors to cut out the sexiest underwear models, paste onto popsicle sticks, have erotic puppet show.
You kids don't appreciate what you've got. We had to use our imagination.
 
2014-04-23 12:45:09 PM  
The middle class gets permanently tantalized. News at 11.
 
2014-04-23 12:49:17 PM  
What about the kids with affluenza?
 
2014-04-23 12:54:34 PM  

kid_icarus: Pocket Ninja: Clearing cache involved ripping out pages (which was, in itself, something of an admission).

Use scissors to cut out the sexiest underwear models, paste onto popsicle sticks, have erotic puppet show.
You kids don't appreciate what you've got. We had to use our imagination.


Do you have a Pinterest page we could subscribe to?
 
2014-04-23 12:56:40 PM  

Lucky LaRue: "Want to browse" and "Can't afford" are two different things.


Pretty much.
 
2014-04-23 12:59:22 PM  

mcreadyblue: What about the kids with affluenza?


They have personal shoppers to do their browsing for them.
 
2014-04-23 01:02:10 PM  
Hell I'm like that and I'm not a millennial. I'm busy trying to pay down bills and I will look online if I see something I like I will put it into  my wish list for later. You want me to spend more tell my boss to pay a little more and then we will talk.
 
2014-04-23 01:05:31 PM  
I'm just barely a millennial on the old-side of things.

I see my grandparents- their retirement savings have *grown* since they entered retirement 17 years ago.

I see my parents (boomers)- they're 8 years away from retirement age, and they're nowhere close to being financially secure.

I'd much rather die when I'm 95 and have hundreds of thousands of dollars to give away to my kids & grand kids, rather than die penniless when I'm 80 because my reverse mortgage ran out and I can't afford healthcare anymore.
 
2014-04-23 01:12:22 PM  

kid_icarus: That's right: 1,300 14-34 year olds were polled to definitively prove that transaction-free Internet window shopping is both delightful and an endless source of fun.

Wow. This is in no way similar to the way kids used to roam in packs for hours in the mall and never actually buy anything due to being broke and just killing time anyways. Wait...it is similar, actually. Only much sadder in that mall rats at least were having actual social interaction and keeping mall cops employed.


misses mall rat shenanigans
content8.flixster.com
 
2014-04-23 01:18:11 PM  
Yeah, the biggest generational wealth gap in hundreds of years is totally going to continue enabling a mindless consumerism driven society.

Every single aspect of this situation was sown by near sighted idiocy on the part of the greedy(I don't pretend greed is a truly generational characteristic, only the consequences are generational in nature).
 
2014-04-23 01:36:43 PM  
Torrenting HBO shows is not the same thing as internet window shopping.

HBO shows get torrented because of their anti-consumer business practices and because some people can't pay for Netflix and HBO and Cable and Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime.


The fauxsumerism thing is real though. My girlfriend spends hours a day looking at stuff on Amazon she has little if any intention of buying. Drives me crazy.
 
2014-04-23 01:37:54 PM  

kbronsito: Do any millennials have totalfark?


I'm born in 1987. Does that make me one? Not sure.

I was interesting in TotalFark until they did the free TF day. Found out I really wasn't missing anything.
 
2014-04-23 01:49:01 PM  
There are apps that just show you random products, there's something oddly entertaining about it. Sometimes you find some cool shiat. Not that it's worth buying, just something random to pass the time.
 
2014-04-23 01:53:30 PM  

Nabb1: Pocket Ninja: Nabb1: In the old days, we called that "window shopping," but it involved walking around and actually getting outside.

Had catalogues not been invented yet? I mean, once those came along, you could window shop from your armchair!

Indeed! We didn't have the internet - we had the Sears catalog. And it had that lingerie section, too, so we made do with that in the days before online smut (and before you finally found where Dad stashed the Playboys).


Kids today have it so easy.  Instead of waiting for and then looking at a Sears catalog, they can just use the Internet and go right to sears.com.

/shamelessly stolen
 
2014-04-23 01:56:15 PM  
And yet companies still make money off of what they see we look at.  (cookie anyone?)

They didn't have that before...quit your biatchin'

In the malls, we window shop
On the web, we monitor shop

You just didn't know we were doing it before.  (you're welcome for your big brother environment)

And if you want us to buy more, tell your managers to start paying higher wages.
Then their staff will go shop.

Amazing how that works.
 
2014-04-23 02:00:39 PM  
"As some wise oldster once subtweeted, money doesn't buy #happiness. If marketers are still in the dark on this, all they need to do is check out the grin on the kid torrenting HD  Game of Thrones episodes instead of shelling out for HBOGo. "

Would that that were possible.  Okay, a whole, whole lot of people would still torrent or pass it around on SD cards or whatever.  But, since the bold part isn't possible (short of shelling out $75+ a month for full cable + HBO), why would you make that comparison?
 
2014-04-23 02:09:37 PM  

grinding_journalist: Which Articles to Avoid, rule #13:

The headline claims to know why contains "millennials" do a thing.

 
2014-04-23 02:09:39 PM  
Also known by its clinical name, "poverty".
 
2014-04-23 02:11:55 PM  

ikanreed: Yeah, the biggest generational wealth gap in hundreds of years is totally going to continue enabling a mindless consumerism driven society.


They're already losing their shiat because young people aren't buying cars. They might be faced with having missed out on indoctrinating an entire generation.
 
2014-04-23 02:12:07 PM  
 
2014-04-23 02:20:56 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: ikanreed: Yeah, the biggest generational wealth gap in hundreds of years is totally going to continue enabling a mindless consumerism driven society.

They're already losing their shiat because young people aren't buying cars. They might be faced with having missed out on indoctrinating an entire generation.


Nearly every drop of ink that has been spilled on that subject is absolute bullshiat. Somehow this myth has been concocted that we don't buy cars because [social media related buzzwords]. I have to wonder if it's just wishful thinking, or the automotive press is populated exclusively by idiots.
 
2014-04-23 02:23:42 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: There are apps that just show you random products, there's something oddly entertaining about it. Sometimes you find some cool shiat. Not that it's worth buying, just something random to pass the time.


Yep.  Take Woot.com (now Amazon's).  Just logged in and I apparently haven't bought anything there for over 4 full years.  But I've gone there most days just as a shortened curated list of "shiat I could buy, if I wanted to buy shiat".   Keeps me from being entirely unaware of what's available in the tech-n-gadget sphere, even if I don't intend to keep up.

Between e-books, media-less media, scanning down documents, minimized clothes, throwing away out-of-date gadgets, etc... minimalism is the name of the game.  I'd argue (and maybe this is the influence of the hoarder shows) that minimalism is now a class signifier, since almost any broke-as-a-joke Joe can manage to have a house full of crap if they want to.
 
2014-04-23 02:29:07 PM  
ftfa: "14-34 year olds"

I'm actually impressed, an article actually got the "millennial" age right.

/33
//I was a crazy millennial ten years ago
///people forget that people age
 
2014-04-23 02:39:02 PM  

alexcassidy: HotWingConspiracy: ikanreed: Yeah, the biggest generational wealth gap in hundreds of years is totally going to continue enabling a mindless consumerism driven society.

They're already losing their shiat because young people aren't buying cars. They might be faced with having missed out on indoctrinating an entire generation.

Nearly every drop of ink that has been spilled on that subject is absolute bullshiat. Somehow this myth has been concocted that we don't buy cars because [social media related buzzwords]. I have to wonder if it's just wishful thinking, or the automotive press is populated exclusively by idiots.


I don't think that it's a question of social media buzzwords, but it seems to me that older Gen Xers and millenials want to avoid furthering perpetual debt, especially since many are burdened by student loans or were personally affected by the housing bubble  So, where our parents bought a new car every couple of years, we tend to hold onto things for a long time.  I'm 36 and after owning 2 second hand cars within the past 15 years I just bought my first new one.  I have no intention of buying another car for a long time.
 
2014-04-23 02:40:03 PM  

Stile4aly: alexcassidy: HotWingConspiracy: ikanreed: Yeah, the biggest generational wealth gap in hundreds of years is totally going to continue enabling a mindless consumerism driven society.

They're already losing their shiat because young people aren't buying cars. They might be faced with having missed out on indoctrinating an entire generation.

Nearly every drop of ink that has been spilled on that subject is absolute bullshiat. Somehow this myth has been concocted that we don't buy cars because [social media related buzzwords]. I have to wonder if it's just wishful thinking, or the automotive press is populated exclusively by idiots.

I don't think that it's a question of social media buzzwords, but it seems to me that older Gen Xers and millenials want to avoid furthering perpetual debt, especially since many are burdened by student loans or were personally affected by the housing bubble  So, where our parents bought a new car every couple of years, we tend to hold onto things for a long time.  I'm 36 and after owning 2 second hand cars within the past 15 years I just bought my first new one.  I have no intention of buying another car for a long time.


younger Gen Xers, that is.
 
2014-04-23 02:41:23 PM  
Every year I get older.  Every year they move the top age bracket up a year while leaving the low age bracket the same.

What gives?

14 year olds weren't even alive on 9/11, I saw the second plane on TV in my college rec center.

I remember the first desert storm and the berlin wall falling (even if not quit understanding the significance).

Really any kid that was born in the internet era, say post 1995, should not be considered the same generation as me, 1981.
 
2014-04-23 02:44:13 PM  
By in MY day, they called it "Window Shopping"!

/just ate the onion on my belt. Quite tasty!
 
2014-04-23 02:56:05 PM  

Nabb1: In the old days, we called that "window shopping," but it involved walking around and actually getting outside.


Well, unless you had a garage entrance to your house and the mall car park was in the mall basement.
 
2014-04-23 03:12:51 PM  

Walt_Jizzney: By in MY day, they called it "Window Shopping"!

/just ate the onion on my belt. Quite tasty!


How many bees did it cost?
 
2014-04-23 03:14:00 PM  
I am not sure how many times I have built a new PC on Newegg..... one of these days I will get around to buying/affording the components.  After this other want and that other want and oh ya these other wants.  But he, at least I have my needs covered.
 
2014-04-23 03:26:30 PM  

plcow: Really any kid that was born in the internet era, say post 1995, should not be considered the same generation as me, 1981.


^this, I've taken to calling post '95 as "Millenials" and those of us before '95 as "Gen Y." Gen Y folks remember life before it being necessary to be plugged in.

I'm 25 and I was about 10 or so before the internet was ubiquitous. People are delusional if they think having internet in all facets of daily life hasn't affected childhood development.
 
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