Every generation has its quirks, its slang, its flaws, but it seems too often Gen-Xers in primarily old media outlets cast the behavior of teenagers in the millennial generation as representative of everyone in the age group, whether they're 14 or 29.
Thanks to cell phones and social media -- making both plans and people immediately accessible or disposable -- we are groomed to become commitment-phobic flakes. Which, trust me, is a disposition that threatens much more than your commitment to dinner plans...
It's the quarter-life crisis no one talks about. It hits long after the panic of job-hunting subsides and right before you realize you should've left your job six months ago. And it's why you aren't wildly pursuing the ambitious career goals of your greener years.
I want to be that person for whom this looming event has no meaning. I met someone like that yesterday, but instead of absorbing her wisdom, all I could think was that she was a big, fat (tall, skinny) liar in very high-end gym clothes. I almost hissed.
Sure, young 20-somethings (YTS) don't have wrinkles and crushing responsibilities like a mortgage, kids or elderly parents living in the spare bedroom. Know what else we don't have? Jobs. Money. A home. Secure relationships.
What do I care about taxes or politics as a newly graduate who feels like I'm falling through the cracks? What other 20-something-year-olds do you know who are making $250,000 a year? I know I sure don't.
I had dinner with some friends the other night. Their younger daughter graduated from college last May. She'd been an average student and didn't have any interest in continuing her education. Like most of her friends, she could not find a career-track job. So she went to work as a barista.
The complexity of my issue is this: I'm a college graduate, I vote, I pay my own rent and I feed myself (rather delicious food -- thank you, New York City). Still, due to my rather youthful look, I appear younger than I actually am.
It's time to toss out that dusty marketing rulebook and explore their world. It's definitely one worth exploring as Millennials purchasing power is estimated to be, according to ComScore, $170 billion.
If you are 25 or turning 25: It's OK that you have not gone to grad school. It's also OK if you're thinking of going. And many may not agree with me, but I think it's OK to apply to grad school because you still haven't found a job in this economy.