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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 04:01:09 PM  

Cheeseface: 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.


same here (born 1979) we were labeled Gen Y since we followed Gen X and I was okay with it.  Never understood where "millenial" came from. When I first heard it, I thought they were talking about kids born around the new millenia (~2000) so I can agree with 1995+ being millenials, and the 1980-1994 as Gen Y.

Kinda glad I am gen Y, actually experienced a life without internet/tech everywhere and played outside; got to see the growth of tech into our lives; and I am okay working with tech now that it is everywhere, but I don't feel a need or dependance on it.  I can read a map or write down directions BEFORE I go on a trip.
 
2014-04-23 04:21:14 PM  
And thus, without mindless consumption to prop up the economy, America was laid low.
 
2014-04-23 04:27:09 PM  

plcow: 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.


There are only three age groups.  Those that are older than the boomers, the boomers, and those that are younger than the boomers.

Point being, the boomers are what everyone is measured against.
 
2014-04-23 04:38:33 PM  

Delta1212: kbronsito: Do any millennials have totalfark?

Guilty, but just to make this fun: someone else sponsored me; I didn't pay for it myself.


The only way I'll roll through that circus

/cheap ass broke ass millennial
 
2014-04-23 04:46:59 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.


Yeah, pretty much this - I just bought a new car a few months ago and now that I've gotten to experience it, I'm pretty sure I'll be buying used in another 10 years or so.  It's nice having a brand new car, but buying new isn't generally a good value proposition compared to a 2-3 year old car coming off a lease.
 
2014-04-23 04:50:01 PM  

Saiga410: 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.


I've done the same so many times.
 
2014-04-23 05:18:59 PM  

sendtodave: There are only three age groups.  Those that are older than the boomers, the boomers, and those that are younger than the boomers.

Point being, the boomers are what everyone is measured against.


The "echo" boom centered on births around 1991 is as large a demographic cohort as the Boomers.  Whole lot less money, though, and likely to be a whole lot less money for a very, very long time to come.
 
2014-04-23 05:24:26 PM  

Nabb1: 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.


or, don't orgasm on the page.  use a tissue or paper towel.  what if you want to look at the catalogue again?  geez.  no wonder old people take so long to learn new things... they weren't all that bright to begin with.

/ but, then again, i'm old enough to predate online smut looking.
 
2014-04-23 06:05:40 PM  
Because they cant afford to buy the products on the salaries the manufacturers pay.
 
2014-04-23 06:09:15 PM  
I have twelve dollars in the bank and 60 grand in student loan debt. You go fark your system. I've farked by it enough. Milleniums are the "Generation F#$% It". The Boomers selfishness coupled with Xer apathy is why we are in this mess. A mess too big for any one generation to solve at this point.
 
2014-04-23 06:41:22 PM  
Deadbeats
 
2014-04-23 06:49:04 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.


"Paste"?
 
2014-04-23 08:20:08 PM  
It's called "We've Been Conditioned To Like Stuff, But The Boomers Hogged All The Money And Jobs." Difficult condition to cure, but it should work itself out in another 20, 30 years or so.
 
2014-04-23 09:00:58 PM  
I don't consider myself a Millennial, but count me in with the fauxsumerism. I'm the scummiest, most evil Fauxsumerist drain on society that there is. I drain literally kilobytes of bandwidth from various commerce sites at least once a week. Truth be told, websites should be charging us for the cost of browsing, and then maybe if we make a minimum $20 purchase or something, they can rebate the browsing fee.

Really though, I'm too broke to buy much, but I still like to keep up with the latest stock at a few places. Then once every few years when I manage to save up enough, I can afford to make a small token purchase.
 
2014-04-23 09:12:20 PM  

MrHappyRotter: but I still like to keep up with the latest stock at a few places.


Hell, I'll usually eyeball whatever QVC/HSN are spewing for about 3 seconds as I flip channels. Ain't never bought a thing from either of them and never will. The fact that they can talk for 12 minutes about a $20 egg poacher (on QVC right now) is a skill and a throwback to a different era of marketing from the modern 15-second commercial or half-second-attention-span banner ad.
 
2014-04-23 10:14:51 PM  
If you want people to buy more stuff maybe companies should PAY people more.  You cannot have a consumer based economy if nobody has the cash to actually buy anything.

At this point in my life though even that wouldn't really make me consume more.  My needs are met and I don't think that filling up the house with useless junk is going to improve my life any.
 
2014-04-23 11:28:36 PM  

grinding_journalist: Which Articles to Avoid, rule #13:

The headline claims to know why millennials do a thing.


Anything that says "millennials" as  euphemism for the equally ridiculous term "hipster"
 
2014-04-24 05:51:53 AM  

Bullseyed: 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.


Someone gave me TF a while back, I appreciate the gesture but I wasn't impressed enough to spend the money to keep it.
 
2014-04-24 06:22:11 AM  

Asako: If you want people to buy more stuff maybe companies should PAY people more.  You cannot have a consumer based economy if nobody has the cash to actually buy anything.

At this point in my life though even that wouldn't really make me consume more.  My needs are met and I don't think that filling up the house with useless junk is going to improve my life any.


See right there is the whole problem - even if they wanted to jumpstart the consumerism gravy train again, no one is going to spring for it - because, what if they pull out the football Lucy style.

/ Count me in on minimalist culture
// Sipping my artisan cold-brewed coffee
 
2014-04-24 08:42:00 AM  
You keep pretending that there's jobs for us, we'll keep pretending to be consumers.

/guess I'm going to have to make my own job.
 
2014-04-24 09:32:51 AM  

Ethertap: 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.

Yeah, pretty much this - I just bought a new car a few months ago and now that I've gotten to experience it, I'm pretty sure I'll be buying used in another 10 years or so.  It's nice having a brand new car, but buying new isn't generally a good value proposition compared to a 2-3 year old car coming off a lease.


It helps that cars are generally of a much better quality these days.  It used to be that 100k miles was close to death...now it's just getting warmed up if it's been well maintained.
 
2014-04-24 09:43:40 AM  

Franco: I have twelve dollars in the bank and 60 grand in student loan debt. You go fark your system. I've farked by it enough. Milleniums are the "Generation F#$% It". The Boomers selfishness coupled with Xer apathy is why we are in this mess. A mess too big for any one generation to solve at this point.


Interesting that "Generation F#$% It" is blaming Xer apathy for the problem.

Generation X have been dealing with the results of the vast generational disparity in political power and its subsequent socio-economic effects for twenty years now. Of course some of us feel exhausted and disengaged...welcome to the club.
 
2014-04-24 09:43:54 AM  

Bullseyed: 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.


1986 baby here, yes it does make us one

1980 to 1999 is considered the millennial generation.

/Relax it's just a marketing term
 
2014-04-24 10:13:24 AM  

HaveTrowelWillTravel: Franco: I have twelve dollars in the bank and 60 grand in student loan debt. You go fark your system. I've farked by it enough. Milleniums are the "Generation F#$% It". The Boomers selfishness coupled with Xer apathy is why we are in this mess. A mess too big for any one generation to solve at this point.

Interesting that "Generation F#$% It" is blaming Xer apathy for the problem.

Generation X have been dealing with the results of the vast generational disparity in political power and its subsequent socio-economic effects for twenty years now. Of course some of us feel exhausted and disengaged...welcome to the club.


^This.

The time has come and passed to transition power from the boomers. But every time we try they start squealing about the socalisms.
 
2014-04-24 01:47:10 PM  
Hey Nicky, look at me, im half Browser.


/or something like that
//cant remember it exactly
 
2014-04-24 04:29:48 PM  

toomuchwhargarbl: HaveTrowelWillTravel: Franco: I have twelve dollars in the bank and 60 grand in student loan debt. You go fark your system. I've farked by it enough. Milleniums are the "Generation F#$% It". The Boomers selfishness coupled with Xer apathy is why we are in this mess. A mess too big for any one generation to solve at this point.

Interesting that "Generation F#$% It" is blaming Xer apathy for the problem.

Generation X have been dealing with the results of the vast generational disparity in political power and its subsequent socio-economic effects for twenty years now. Of course some of us feel exhausted and disengaged...welcome to the club.

^This.

The time has come and passed to transition power from the boomers. But every time we try they start squealing about the socalisms.


I blame older boomers, who grew up in the censored and heavily propagandized 1950s. When socialism was the step before communism and there was hardly any minority representation in media. The whole neo-con movement is about getting back to their idealized childhood.

Younger boomers tend to be closer to Gen X because they grew up in the 1960s, so they aren't terrified if a brown person moves down the street, like their educated women, and are at least suspicious of propaganda.
 
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