In a time when millennials are being dubbed the Peter Pan Generation yet are having less sex, growing up faster yet are earning much less, and are accused of being spoilt but party less than previous generations, just how old is “old”?
Amid challenges to becoming financially independent (med and law students excluded)*, finding the right job, and rising above social/family pressure to find a “suitable" partner, it’s entirely plausible that young Western women aren’t living up to their wild child image nearly as much as everyone believes.
For example, the findings of a nationwide annual survey by the University of California showed that time spent partying by high school seniors has drastically decreased over the decades.
Life after high school and college graduation doesn’t appear to get much more carefree or exciting given it’s harder than ever to make rent. Radpad, an apartment search and rent payment services provider, found that a large number of millennials are paying over 30% of income for housing. Some are even paying twice that amount.
While the constant lamentations of young women fearing they’re “too old” can be grinding for "grown ups" everywhere, it’s important to consider their youths are spent overcoming career, housing, and relationship uncertainty in ways previous generations haven’t experienced.
Understandably, this forcibly propels young women to concern themselves with important yet mundane issues - #firstworldproblems - that prevent them from fully taking advantage of a time in which they technically have the “least” amount of responsibility.
The complaint of being or becoming “old” serves more as a figure of speech for holding back in life than anything else.
Ultimately, isn’t partying more fun when searching for a paid job and making rent an isn’t at the back of your mind? Joel Kotkin’s piece for Newsweek, Are Millennials the Screwed Generation? states "the wealth gap today between younger and older Americans now stands as the widest on record."
Here are some signs you’re definitely not living up to the perception millennials are “lazy, entitled, delusional, narcissistic, and unreliable”:
- It’s your BFFs birthday and you’re eager to forget the nightmare job interview you had for a hotel receptionist role in which you were asked if you knew HTML5, have at least one Michelin star, and outdoor survival skills. You’re broke AF but prefer to stay sober than allow a predatory barfly to buy you drinks.
- Your first-generation immigrant parents have been giving you sh*t about your lack of savings but your only leisure related outgoing is a $8.99 monthly Netflix subscription. *Just kidding, they aren't exempt from student debt either ;)
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