Are millennials lazy whiners or victims of circumstance? | Michael Hobbes

Are millennials lazy whiners or victims of circumstance? | Michael Hobbes


So, there are three things that every millennial
should know. The first one is that there is no evidence
for any of the stereotypes about us. If you look at entitlement, if you look at
selfishness, if you look at public opinion polling there’s as much evidence that we’re
“worse than our parents” as there is that we are werewolves: There is none. Whereas there’s a mountain of evidence that
things are harder for our generation than they were for our parents or our grandparents,
and that it’s getting worse. So how many articles have you read about how
more millennials are living with their parents now than ever? There are twice as many millennials living
on their own—making less than $30,000 a year—than there are millennials living with
their parents. We don’t read any articles about that. So what we need to do is acknowledge that
all of these stereotypes come from anecdotes, that they are older people who have seen a
millennial on a skateboard or have had an intern who was a young person who they didn’t
like very much and have decided that that is representative of an entire generation,
and we need to resist that. It wasn’t always like this. When my dad bought his first house he was
29, living in Seattle; he was a university professor and his house cost 18 months of
his salary. Now, if you’re a young person living in
a big city you know that that is science fiction. In the vast majority of America, especially
in cities, it will cost you six, seven, ten, 12 years of the median salary to buy the median
home. So this idea that we’re different from our
parents because WE have changed is completely false. What has happened is the economy has profoundly
shifted underneath us. Housing, healthcare and education are all
three times more expensive now than they were in 1968. Those are the prerequisites of a middle class
adulthood, of a secure adulthood, a real life, and our parents like to point out that things
like refrigerators and TVs are a lot cheaper—and they are, that’s great—but the things
we actually need in our lives are much more expensive, and our wages have not kept up. So, one of the things that we forget, and
especially our parents forget, is how much cheaper college used to be. When my dad was in college he worked for ten
hours a week in the cafeteria, and that was enough for his tuition and a little bit of
his rent. That doesn’t sound familiar to anybody I
know. And what has happened since then is the cost
of education has gone up between 400 and 1200 percent, depending on the kind of school you
go to. Meanwhile, minimum wages haven’t really
budged, general wages haven’t really budged, and the price of everything else has gotten
higher too. So in the early ‘70s it took around 300
hours of minimum wage work to afford a four year education. By the 2000s it took 4,400 hours of minimum
wage work to afford a four year education. So tell your parents that next Thanksgiving
when they complain to you about not going to college. I think there’s a tendency when we talk
about millennials, and especially when we talk about poor millennials, to talk about
our choices rather than our options. So again, the evidence—like did my grandparents
know what their pension was when they were 25? I don’t think they did. I think that by the time they checked they
had one, whereas this generation gets blamed for not saving more for retirement. The reason why that’s considered a huge
problem is because there’s no such thing as the defined benefit pension anymore. A lot of our grandparents have a situation
where they get 80 percent of their last salary for the rest of their lives. That is nonexistent for our generation. So we are now being given the responsibility
of saving up to compensate for the fact that the economy doesn’t take care of us anymore. We’re being blamed for the fact that we
can’t take care of ourselves. But what have wages done since 1980? They’ve been flat. What has happened to the cost of everything? It’s gone up. So we are being asked to reverse this, to
counteract this ourselves when we have less secure work, less in savings, we’re paying
more for housing and we’re paying off our student loans. And I’m sure that there are irresponsible
millennials on planet earth, I don’t think that they should be getting the bulk of the
attention or the prioritization when we talk about what’s really happening with young
people. What we have is a crisis where, to get onto
the job ladder—the few decent jobs left that have healthcare, that have security,
that have a pension—they all require a college degree, so you have to go to college, basically. The college premium, how much extra you earn
for going to college, is 70 percent. You earn almost double if you go to college,
on average, than if you don’t go to college. So we’re in this bind where you have to
go to college or else you end up in a really bad job for the rest of your life, but then
to go to college you have to go into $80,000, $100,000, more than that in debt. I interviewed somebody for the article that
is paying off $311,000 in debt. I interviewed another person who is actually
a bankruptcy lawyer who was paying $2000 a month in student loans after he got out of
college. And so when you look at how many of us have
student loans and that we’re paying them off at the time when we’re early in our
careers, we’re not as established in our fields, we can’t afford decent housing,
we aren’t earning very much at that time, and then we’re also on top of that paying
a couple hundred dollars a month extra—that’s money we’re not saving, that’s money we’re
not putting to a pension, that’s money we’re not putting to a home—and that extends the
period of what our parents call “adolescence”, but really insecurity—that extends our period
of insecurity into our 30s and our 40s. And so if you look at any poll of millennials,
more than half say they have put off marriage, they have put off children, they have put
off buying a home because of their student loans. And student loans are the only form of debt
that you cannot get rid of in bankruptcy, so they are literally in escapable. Even if you die, in some states your partner
might actually have to pay them off for you. So this is a ball and chain around the ankle
of millions of millennials, and again, it’s not a choice that we made, it’s the economy
that we’re in, that to get onto the job ladder you need to have an education. And yet that thing that you need has gotten
more and more expensive and, again, we are being blamed for going to college and majoring
in ancient Greek or something when we should have done STEM, but STEM degrees cost more. I think it’s important to know that everything
that’s been done to us has been done to us in broad daylight, which means that we
can roll it back. That’s the only good news I’m going to
give you. Everything about our wages and our housing
costs and financialization and the safety net, these are specific laws that have been
passed. Other countries have not done this. So we can actually look into fixing all of
these things. I think as a generation we are finally aging
into power, and when we take power we need to not make the same mistakes that our parents’
generation did. We need to create an equitable country where
even the bottom is pretty well off, where we don’t have this “personal responsibility”
narrative, where “if you’re poor it’s your fault, and if your schools were bad it’s
because you’re dumb”. We need to end all of that. We need to be a moral society that has a basic
floor underneath every person, a level of dignity beneath which we don’t allow people
to fall. That’s not too much to ask. That’s what many other countries have done
as they’ve become more prosperous. We’re the only ones that has not had that
project and has deliberately rolled ours back. So it’s really important as we age into
power to not think that we need to start everything from scratch. You hear a lot now about fancy new policy
ideas, and we have a lot of systems in place. Food stamps are not broken; the eligibility
for food stamps is cruel and you cannot spend food stamps on a sandwich. That is bullshit. We need to fix that. We don’t need to start with a whole new
structure that is going to be an excuse for people to cut overall spending. Other countries have just gone through this
recently where they’ve said, “Oh we just want to make it easier to get welfare,”
and they use it as an excuse to give away less. What we need to do is we need to tax the rich
and we need to spend it on public services. We oftentimes gets distracted by shiny objects
I think, especially on the left, but things like public education—let’s pay teachers
more, let’s have smaller class sizes, let’s give principles control over their own schools,
let’s tax the rich to pay for it. That’s fine. Homelessness: let’s build houses for people. Let’s keep people from getting evicted from
their homes. Let’s allow cities to build homes when people
move there. Let’s tax the rich to pay for it. There’s lots of things that we can do that
we already have, but we’ve systematically defunded them. You hear a lot of things about Hyperloop now
and autonomous cars. There’s also this thing called “trains
and buses” that we have not funded adequately for 30 to 40 years now. Let’s fund lots of trains and lots of buses
and tax the rich to pay for it. It’s not that there’s not enough money,
it never was; that’s absurd. There is enough money, but it’s being distributed
to places where it doesn’t need to be going, and we need to start to roll that back and
that has to be our, unfortunately, generational project, is reversing everything that our
parents had done to us. It’s really not that hard. I think there’s this sense that we’re
going to come up with some magical policy idea that’s going to make this easy. It’s not going to be easy. We don’t necessarily have to come up with
some fancy new idea that’s going to build a consensus, we just have to win. We are on the cusp of outnumbering older generations,
we need to take our political power and use it to create an equitable country, the kind
that we wish we grew up in.

100 Comments on "Are millennials lazy whiners or victims of circumstance? | Michael Hobbes"


  1. But what if ty don’t go to college like me? I have absolutely no interest. I have the best job. A job that I love and it don’t feel it’s a job but it’s still only 11 and hour. Sooo now what lol

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  2. September 18, 2018: Bullshit. Your parents and grandparents ushered in a wicked culture that would rather fuck each other and dress like Dracula than honor God's principles. Society, you are reaping what you have sown.

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  3. Keep in mind – we're speaking in sweeping generalities. It doesn't help that millennial's are actively supporting political ideologies that are ruinous to the American economy. They've inherited the Boomer orthodoxy of thinking in a box of their own creation (that same ideology). The very fact this video cites some moral authority when this generation "comes into power" and what they want to do with that power (underscoring that moral authority) and citing the fact that "other nations around the world do <X> – so should we." ignores the entire reality of context around those nations.

    The assumption being they want the social-safety net that exists in Europe… but then they ignore the policies and massive taxation that the average citizen there pays. Millennial's ignore the scale and scope of the impact of creating such a system here in the US (hint: it doesn't work at this scale AT ALL. See: Venezuela, USSR, etc). It would plunge the US (and the rest of the world as we fall) into an economic dark age.

    It's an easy narrative to cling to that millennial's have it "harder" when in fact, the Boomer's have largely kept screwing the gains made by Gen-X that nurtured the seeds of the internet revolution – but mostly ceded control of those early Internet companies to the Boomers. Or they were Boomer companies to begin with.

    The reality is the very ideology that Millennial's cling to as a reaction to the Boomer orthodoxy – it nothing more than a new puritanical orthodoxy that will produce devastating results.

    There is no such thing as a free lunch. Millennial's need to get with the aging Gen-Xers and create new sandwich-shops and cater to the Free Market – not the crony-capitalists and socialists that currently rule the media and politics that govern us.

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  4. Guy McPherson, Live on Monday 9.24.2018, 9PM ET on Head in the Box. Dr. McPherson appears "uncut" in open forum to discussion a host of questions from politics to philosophy–not simply climate change. Join us for this unusual interactive event and ask questions or respond to them tomorrow evening. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaI6jG5LFvpm3_YaLeWFeVw

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  5. Coldplay – The Scientist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20WoXiDLlX8
    Mashup by Tim Bob Channel > https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Cm459ulTZt0gzQxil5s-g
    of "Steve Cutts' – Man" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfGMYdalClU

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  6. Older generations were calling the younger ones lazy, irresponsible, rude etc. since the beginning of times. It is a rite of passage for us – and for them.

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  7. I 100% disagree with you on the Food Stamp example BUT I agree with the issues around school. Taxing the rich isn't our golden ticket to solving all our problems, reroute the money from places it doesn't need to go. Get the Government loan programs out of college, push trade jobs, and bring back basic economics into High School education. Those are solutions I think we should look to more than just "YEAH THE RICH, THEY'RE THE PROBLEM! LET'S TAX THEM!"

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  8. i like how he never talk about that we already tax the rich,government funding and program doesn't work and government is failure and fiat money dropped in value 93% since 1970. government the one thing we should get rid
    and bring capitalism + free market and sound money

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  9. the american system actually works fine if you consider that there is social security and worse comes to worse, if there is massive unemployment, then the government can just print money, employ people to grow the food necessary to support a large unemployed population, and then allow people time to learn and work and create things to create a better future for themselves or for every citizen as a whole. it's not easy and one can easily fall into the trap of indecision due to too many competing responsibilities, and it probably will not be easy for a very long time, especially for people who have not had a good childhood education. but also we always have the freedom to improve. something like that.

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  10. Over the last 3 years I've come to realize that university education in the US for our generation needs to be written off as lost for the segment of the population that do not have parents who can pay for it. For that group, look to studying outside of the United States. You can get world class educations in Germany, Denmark, Norway, Poland, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Iceland, Italy, and beyond for free, or for a few thousand dollars a year in tuition. Most programs you can take in English and learn the native language on your way. If you want to return to the US after, you have your education without a massive debt load, a second language which is immensely marketable to companies, and experience outside of the US that the vast majority of the workforce does not have. If you stay, the quality of life is amazing in some of these places in comparison to home, and while it's not easy, you can find jobs in Europe for your degree and get permission to become a permanent resident.

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  11. Bypass corporate as soon as you gain skills. They charge you 80-90% of your output. This 80-90% is going towards stock holders(definately not millenials as and inactive participants who contribute nothing but money they can loan from bank).
    And they are the same people spreading these stereotypes while actively extracting value from market.

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  12. Gen X (43). You do not college to do well. I work as a machinist and make 35 hr. I took vocational classes. The ones who go to college and get management courses go to make 40 plus hr. The problem with Your generation is you guys flooded the college market. And especially in degrees that have no jobs when you got out. College is not a right it’s a privilege. My wife paid off her college loans before we got married and bought a house and new cars first. We busted ass for 5 years major overtime. After we established our careers and traveled a lot and spend money then. We bought a house and had kids. We see many millennials buy a house or have kids and they still are paying on loans etc. I have friends in white collar fields and they tell me millennials flooded nursing and pharmacy fields to IT . You cannot blame the cost of things now. I saved up 20 k for my down payment for my first house. My millennial neighbors who afford a house in my 350k to 500k neighborhood. They do not do any manual labor. They do not go to the home depo. They cannot change their oil. It’s the parents I blame. When I was 15 I worked almost full time. My parents gave me a 1k car. Millennials got 15k cars and most did not have to work in high school or college and it shows. They come in late to work or last minute. They will not work major overtime. These work ethics is one reason you have 2 part time jobs and work at Starbucks. I know millennials who do quite well and own businesses and have high end Jobs. But that’s not common. When I go to Starbucks in my new BMW I smile when a millennial gets out of their shitty Mazda 3 and make my iced mocha.

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  13. when i lose a job, unemployed and seeking for work in almost desperation, i come to watch this to remind myself this is the kind of society i'm living in. and it is okay to be scared and frustrated cos i'm not alone, the whole generation is going through it.

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  14. Amen! You want to talk about irresponsible? The Baby Boom generation took the greatest economy in the history of the world and squandered it on war and welfare for the rich, and now they turnaround and bash millennials for being lazy entitled snowflakes who need to pull themselves up by the bootstraps that they stole from them. Nothing will change until these greedy, selfish leaches die off and millennials take over!

    P. S. BTW, I went to college in the early 80s, and my student debt was $4,500… that's barely two week's salary for me now. Thank you affordable public education!

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  15. Entitled twat, talking about the cost of college.

    When I left school, you had to go to work immediately in order to help your parents out with the bills. Going to college would have been unconscionably selfish for most people I knew.

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  16. Hey sweet, thanks for giving me the answer in the first 10 seconds of the video so I don't have to watch the rest. As a millennial, I appreciate that sort of instant gratification.

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  17. Worthless….selfish ….do nothings!  Commit to nothing……Would Never Hire one again…..!!!  Lazy…Late……Work dodgers….!!

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  18. Hey big think banning facebook
    comments who critize your bullshit isn't the way to go to censor people there are easier ways

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  19. If you read the comments below you will notice a trend. Everyone hates the rich…but at the same time everyone is trying to be one. Ironic.

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  20. Being a millennial myself, i agree with you on some things. Some laws definitely need to be fixed and some things, let's say public transportation, need to be better funded.
    But simply "tax the rich" is simply not the answer. You're basically saying:"HEY!!! This guy has A LOT of money!!!! Let's take it from him!! We know how to use it better, anyways!!". Anyone, who makes a lot of money, even less, than a million a year, is being taxed at about 37% FEDERALLY. That's not accounting for possible state tax, which further adds up to 45-50%.
    Would YOU like to have almost HALF of the fruits of your labor and equity being taken from you? I highly doubt it.
    You would likely try to avoid taxes, if you made that much. That's why taxes need to be reasonably low.

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  21. He kept making reference to other nations. Uncertain which ones. For example, australians have to pay for college (it's probably subsidized), have retirement costs built into their salaries, have expensive housing and tax the rich fairly aggressively.

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  22. I disliked this video not because I don't like the content, I dislike the fact that every problem that exists today is automatically my fault. Michael Hobbes is right, even though I don't like the fact that he is. However I do respect him for speaking the truth, and I thank him for having the balls to say it.

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  23. As far as Millennials who live at home, I'm one of them. Yes, I have a job and education, but I'm still living at home. Before you freak out that a 30 year old still lives at home, there are two reasons why I do this.
    1) Myself, along with my mother, both want to move but neither one of us can afford it at the moment. So we are both saving money so we can, otherwise it would be next to impossible to afford a new place.
    2) My mother has a lot of health problems, to the point she has a hard time taking care of herself. Can't afford a nursing home, nobody else is here to care for her, so here I am.
    I say this not to whine, but to explain facts. If I move out without helping my mother who raised me, I'm a selfish Millennial who only cares about herself. If I stay, I'm a lazy Millennial who refuse to be apart of the adult world. I'm a horrible person in the eyes of Baby Boomers either way. At the end of the day I have to do what I feel is right, and that's taking care of my mother who can't take care of herself.
    If that makes me a bad person, then I'm a bad person. The real question is: how many Baby Boomers are taking care of ther parents, you know, The Greatest Generation, or did they dump them off at a dirty, abusive nursing home?

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  24. It’s very important to take people on an individual basis. But it’s hard to deny that culturally we have gotten more and more superficial. Over the top shock accessorizing is no longer a random novelty accentuating someone with an esoteric character. Now perfectly innocuous/average characters can find social placement/acceptance with purple hair and face tattoos. Turn on the radio. Listen to our second grade reading level lyrics. And that’s not an insult it’s based on real research. I don’t blame millennials because they didn’t build this pop culture machine. However unfortunately it is always the younger generations to in-vibe whatever the newest thing is. And often without question. Younger people tend to sharply identify with whatever is new as their own. I face palm every time I see someone vaping. 400 some untested chemicals with no way to predict long term affects yet young people cannot resist the notion of an electronic/digital smoking device.

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  25. I'm 30. I don't agree. Look at how many people from other countries come here and succeed. they come at a heavy disadvantage. they just work harder. our generation majors in unmarketable fields and wonder why we do not succeed. don't follow your dreams, follow the dollar. adapt. our generation just doesn't. history, english lit, languages, BA in psychology/sociology. what goal was there to major in these?

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  26. Omg i feel so sorry for you millennials……your lives are so hard…..so sorry for you ……i think you said life is not fair….me as a caring gen xer how can i help you poor souls…….hold on i gotta puke.

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  27. the older generations are just seeing how we handle ourselves in tasks, how we talk, what we know, how happily ignorant we can be, and they're right. I'm gen z and i'm no better. hate being alive.

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  28. I agree in the beginning of this video but I dont agree with taxing the rich just because there rich doesnt give us the right to take more away from them and no im not rich im working class i just wasnt taught that way

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  29. Gen X (43) here. I give props to the baby boomers. They worked since the age of 13. When they got real jobs. They kicked ass. They made their life work. That’s why they have money to burn. They were smart and saved and were lucky to have jobs with pensions. My Generation was given shitty first cars and told if we want extra money get a job in HS. I got a job at 15. I worked the max hours 32 week at 16. I went into the Army and after college. A job was waiting for me. I spent the first 7 years working 6 day weeks to prove myself and get promoted fast. Now I only have to work 4 days a week. I am married and own my house and 2 rentals. I drive new BMW cars and have young kids. I go on vacations to Hawaii and New places. Do I feel bad when I go to Starbucks everyday to get my 5.75 iced mocha and the barista has 2 part time jobs and college loan debt? Fuck no! Many of the millennials never worked a job in high school or college. That’s why your work ethic sucks. You guys will not work overtime or on holidays. A lot of my employees under me are millennials. When one expects a raise in pay and I deny it. They ask why. They look upset when I tell them if they worked 6 days a week sometimes or work late. Then I would give it to them. They look at me like I am high. Most millennials have jobs that are not traditional. I swear almost all of you guys are graphic designers lol. All of my neighbors who own a house in my neighborhood are lazy. They never wash their cars or do yard work. They hire maids and people to mow their yards. I do all of that stuff myself. You ever go to the home depo? No one is under 40 there. I have had millennials ask me why I spend so much time doing yard work or washing cars. I tell them it’s a lifestyle. I do not get your guys. You do not care about what kind of car you drive. Or do not care about your house or fixing anything yourself. All of you millennial men who are 35 range look funny with your fierce beards and arm tattoos. It looked cool when you were 21 btw.

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  30. Each generation grew up in a less prosperous economy & progressively eroded morality. There is no discussion here of personal responsibility. I hope you steer clear of substance abuse or you will be doomed. Success cannot occur without personal responsibility. In the big picture, no one owes anyone anything. You will have to live with your foolish choices. Gender studies is less than useful because you spend years discovering what nonsense it is; It's a liability. If you don't take responsibility for your situation, you will be raking leaves off of generation Z's yard. You cannot run an economy on gender studies. No one is talking about trades, which provide good wages & job security. Your use of the phrase "aging into power" shows your lack of understanding of power. Power is never handed to you. Everyone wants another MLK to save them, but no one wants to put in the work to be MLK. While you wait for power to be handed to you, generation Z will be assuming all of offices & positions of power.

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  31. I’m a millennial, 1992. but its unfortunate for these poor ignorant millennials it sucks that the majority of jobs for millennials are minimum wage but ultimately its your decision. Our world depends on fossil fuels. And renewable energy will never be powerful enough to substitute all the power needs. My family owns a cottage and we all have our own snowmobiles but all the machines are current and very fuel efficient, Except my mothers but she only rides once a year. However I will admit that our boats are very wasteful because they are all 2 stroke. my point is we enjoy the privileges of oil and we will not give it up so these welfare bums who dont drive cars, snowmobiles, boats, ect. can feel good about themselves.I wouldn’t advise getting into snowmobiling unless you were absolutely dedicated because there is a lot of upkeep and expenses. But you could buy $1000 boat and engine from the 1980s or 90s and I guarantee if you took it out for an hour long cruise on the water you would never want to give it up.

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  32. The same debate is playing out on Parli, an opinion-mapping site. I was particularly intrigued by the idea that Baby Boomers call Millennials lazy to mask their own insecurity over their precarious position in the workforce. Millennials are better educated, more techno-literate, and work more efficiently. Could this be why Baby Boomers call them lazy? https://www.parli.co/c/lbqzlPSwJfVtkqHDQtcPTQJwg/are-millennials-lazy?utm_source=youtube

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  33. Typical. Point fingers at everyone and not taking responsibility for one's self. College education is a choice and so is the debt that comes with that. You can live as good of life as anyone else without a college education. There are plenty of skilled labor jobs that are looking for someone who can show up to work on time and be reliable and plenty of those pay great money. However, many in the new generation thinks that a sniffle, a breakup, a no sleep night because they were on facebook all night are legit reasons not to make it to work. The lost wages will either be paid for by mom and dad, the state, their girlfriend, the magical money fairy. The common sense that said once you got a job you hang on to it like a life preserver until you had something better and were already working the next one is gone. The pride in work is often gone. Going through life's crap without moaning and complaining the whole way. Life is hard. The only way you get over the hill is to start trying to tackle it today. Try even harder the next day. Not sit at the bottom and complain about how they should lower the hill and do nothing. I am not saying everyone from this generation is this way. Many have adopted this lifestyle and others are seeing it as a acceptable way to be. Parents allowing their kids to stay comfy at home into their mid 20's are part of the problem. Push them out and let them try to survive. You can keep a watchful eye but you can't keep providing easy food and shelter because otherwise they will never learn. Its ok to fail. Its not ok to avoid the challenge.

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  34. Very entitled diatribe. Gen X has had it worse, and we got creative about our options by creating and fighting for alternatives. College, is an option – not a necessity. Unfortunately, this millennium is just complaining about opportunity not being given to him. Generation of victims.

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  35. Tax the rich. Tax the rich? Does this guy even know what he's saying when he says: Tax the Rich? Who are the rich, what are the qualifiers? How do you propose to tax them? Gosh it's so easy to conjure theoretical money from thin air when you say: Tax the Rich.

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  36. You can thank the fucking PRIVATE BANKING CARTEL for your inflation that eroded 98% of your money today… These old dead progressives love this communist principle for America. dumbass! Wake up! Who are college and university professors and administrators?? 95% of them are leftist Marist socialists! Your own people werkers party did this.
    And YES, you can buy sandwiches at Safeway, Albertsons, Kroger walmart and Wegmans with EBT cards. And every other grocery store in this country. WTF is wrong with you? Your love of socialism and communism will kill you and millions of Americans just like it killed over 200 million others in peace time! Check your skull to see if your brain is attached.. Leave Karl in hell.. and go vacation with your boyfriend to Russia and Venezuela and enjoy your socialism! It will be fabulous!! Tootles….

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  37. I never went to college and I make 500k a year. How? I started at the bottom Drove a semi truck for a company untill I bought my own, U start your own buisiness be an entrepreneur! problem solved.
    It takes hard work and balls though lol 😭😢😢

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  38. I could not see the screen
    It was clear to the top with so much shit
    Get it some tissues😱

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  39. Aaaaannnd here is the Millennial manifesto: speak out on social media in hopes of going viral. Are there trophies for being victims? If so, award some to the Holocaust survivors first, then somewhere waaayyy down the line, Millennials can get theirs for "not asking to be born at this point in time in history". All creatures on Earth have been victims of circumstance at some point. Some fought, some died, some made sure that their children's future was better for them than themselves. Others…..well….others post futile videos on youtube. The minds of those with short attention spans lack context of vision and scope. Observe moments of our history in full (instead of selecting the juicy parts) and you might be put at ease in understanding that the situation has been perpetuated since the beginning of time. Millennials always want hard facts yet, they tend to not believe anything on the internet, books, or even their own eyes which makes research seem futile and extremely difficult. There is so much garbage that Millennials have to sift through in order to find any sort of truth that I can understand the discouragement and desperation they feel. Put down the phones, get out from in front of the camera. Look, listen, SEE and observe the world without a screen and it will come into focus.

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  40. I employ millennials. They are genuinely lazy. Its harder for millennials partially because they lack the motivation to pull out of the situations they are in. In the mean time an illegal immigrant who does not speak english will immediately hang drywall with no experience for a little above minimum wage. They are both in the same room, but one person knows what the bottom feels like and the other is sheltered from hardship by the parents and because their peers are also sheltered losers they have nothing to compare to. They talk about education, but you are responsible to pick a career path that makes sense. It's their fault if their biology degree is worthless and cost 100K. Should have hung drywall first, who knows, maybe you would have liked it.

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  41. I am considered a millenial, what's happening is that life IS HARDER for our generation!! We must work 5 times harder than our grandparents who had it way easier. We are wiser and we as a generation have learned to adapt and overcome, we are more creative and find ways to make our dollar stretch further, we have learned to do more with less, learned to share with others in order to survive! We also have the advantage of technology which Millenials are masters of, so when it comes down to it, we are better than the baby boomers because we had to make do with less and still found a way to make it work! Without their safety nets, ie Social Security, pensions, Medicare etc, etc they would be toast!!

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  42. 5/3/19….MILLENNIALS always have an excuse—OTHERS have done all these bad things to them.
    The Baby Boomers are bad b/c they are now older/retiring with pensions (if they worked for certain companies or were military) & social security that they (& their employees) paid into gor many yrs.
    Millennials CLAIM that they MUST have a college degree but choose ridiculous majors—like art or dance—that DON'T result in successful careers but sure leave them with HUGE STUDENT LOAN DEBT that they "didn't think they would have" so NOW THEY THINK
    THEIR LOANS SHOULD BE COMPLETELY "FORGIVEN"!
    TOO MANY OTHER PPL TO BLAME WHEN MILLENNIALS KNOW IT ALL + HAVE MADE
    A LOT OF BAD DECISIONS + NOW WANT TO "SAVE THE WORLD" FROM GLOBAL WARMING as they live "lives of adventure" backpacking all over the world & re-enact the 60s hippies!

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  43. Michael 'I swear I'm not a serial killer, now get in the van' Hobbes.
    (Later that day) "It rubs the lotion on its skin…"

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  44. As a millennial I can tell you, Iv seen my fellow millennial put more effort into not working vs work itself. Too many people are caught up trying to get a 4 year degree, Day dreaming.. Just quit your bitching & WORK HARD. APply yourself. You don’t need a degree.. APPLY YOURSELF.

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  45. Everything wrong with millennials can be summed up with this person's fucking voice.

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  46. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL "tax the rich"… wahhhhh! Socialism! Waaahhhh!!!!!! stop your whining!

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  47. In just first two minutes:

    – House pricing. Average median household income in 1965 was $6882 (https://www2.census.gov/prod2/popscan/p60-049.pdf), in 2017 it is $61,372 (https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2018/demo/p60-263.pdf). The median price of the new house in 1965 was about $20K, in 2017 it is about $320K (https://www.census.gov/construction/nrs/pdf/uspricemon.pdf). So if median house price is normalized by median income, it has became bigger just in 1.8 times. And we haven't even considered the change in the size of the house (median has grown from 1,525 sq.f. in 1973 to 2,169 sq.f. in 2010), growth of U.S. population and foreign investments in real estate (both bump the price up) and enormously grown amount of bureaucratic regulations that made it extremely hard for a family to buy land and then build a house on it.
    – Education. It is free. You can get a free old laptop on craigslist, find a free table and wi-fi in the mall, and get all the education materials you need. Harvard, MIT, Berkeley and many others provide tons of materials to study, even for complicated topics like neurology or genetics. Not to mention myriads of educational videos on youtube and thousands of articles on google scholar. Now a piece of paper called "diploma" is very expensive, both in terms of time and money. But the good thing is that in many professions employer cares more about your experience and skills than just a diploma. Not to mention your own business.
    – Healthcare. Life expectancy has grown from 66.8 M / 73.7 F in 1965 (http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/~andrew/1918/figure2.html) up to 76 M / 81 F in 2018 (https://www.statista.com/statistics/274513/life-expectancy-in-north-america/). At the same period of time, obesity has tripled (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm), which kind of nullifies the amount of smokers that has decreased twice (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6001a24.htm#fig). It is pretty much useless to compare healthcare costs now and 50 years ago, and not only because how much medicine has changed since then. Even the term "Healthcare" has a different meaning today. But we can compare the results on people, and it is a huge progress, especially considering bad habits one replacing another.

    Welcome to the millennials journalism.

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  48. Thank you for the truth!!! My boss (whose 70) said to me boastfully one day "when I was your age I owned my own home" I was thinking yeah you left out the whole economy has gone to shit with the housing crisis and inflation on everything!!!

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  49. I am a defense contractor with 27 employees. 9 of which are millennials. They constantly whine, want to work from home, one idiot actually asked me for paternity leave. (Needless to say he's no longer with the company). All in all they are the least productive of all my employees. I blame the parents who gave them an entitlement attitude. I put both my boys in the Marine corps and let them serve our country and become men. after they were done with their duties they came to work with me and are taking over the business. Millennials are whiners babies and need a swift kick in the ass. Whoever started "that everyone gets a trophy for nearly participating" should be shot in the head with a 50 cal sniper rifle. Life is not easy, you should be rewarded only if you excel and you need to earn your keep.

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  50. Millennials are lazy and want everything for free. I am old school when you had to work for everything. And houses cost 30 thousand and what your talking about is cost of living. Everything went up! There are jobs out there. Millennials pick and choose what they want to work and even how many hours. They are having babies and believe someone else should pay there way. And then they have another baby. They worry more about fun than they do about making it in this world. Not all of them . But a lot of them are spoiled brats that think they should get everything for free. I worked my ass off in my lifetime and believe they should do the same. You want to take the money that people worked for and just give it to these millennials. You sound like a typical spoiled millennial. Who is blames everyone else for your misfortune. It's a cop out. Put the video games down. Stop playing on your phone 24/7 and work hard for what you want. There are still affordable trade schools. Get a trade. But don't blame everyone else that has what you want and think you deserve it too without putting in the work.

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  51. "You hear a lot about hyperloops and autonomous cars, theres also this thing called trains and buses."

    I died lmao

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  52. The rich have been undertaxed for the better part of the last 30 years. It's time to milk the cow.

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  53. I'm not lazy, I just literally can't do homework. In the classroom, I'm like the best in the class! But I just can't do homework, and I've never been able to do it, ever! My childhood was a living hell, cuz I couldn't do all my homework, and my dad literally made me feel too guilty to go and play. So I was stuck in the middle of nowhere, if you know what I mean, with the most boring and annoying childhood you can imagine! All I ever wanted was the ability to be creative, but little young me never identified that that was actually what my body was seeking. Anyways, I literally can't do homework! Not "I don't want to", not "I'm too lazy", not "I don't care enough", I just literally can't do it! It's like reading a paragraph a million times, and nothing is going into my brain. I'm definitely not stupid by any stretch of the imagination. This has absolutely nothing to do with how smart I am, it's just a "disability" with doing things like homework. And I'm sure it doesn't apply to all homework, either. Now, do you honestly think I'm not trying? Trust me, I've tried harder than all you idiots who have it so easy. It just doesn't fucking work! And it would be nice if someone would understand me. Okay, it would just be utterly stupid to keep trying to hit my head against the wall with the stupid homework. I'm not fucking lazy, I'm just smart enough to realize what my weakness is.
    Also, every job I've ever done, I've been more serious about the job than everyone around me, and I would never charge my boss money just for me to stand around and do nothing. I'm there to work, not to chill. I never chill! I am a very chilled out friendly guy, but I never chill! There's a major difference, between being "chilled", and doing the act of "chilling"! (As you can tell, I'm far from stupid.) I am very honest and trustworthy, and the people I've worked for knew that, which is why they entrusted me to take their money to the bank, and be a cashier, and such stuff. I just had trouble sticking to schedule and waking up on time after I was there over half a year, which is why I had to end my last job, and my last program, and like, literally everything else that I've started.

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  54. Call the whien ambulance, economy is today better than ever! Look at the stock market, look at the medium salary in applicable fields like technology and services. Of course you can cry and complaint from your couch with your 100k butterfly studies degree while tweeting and sending snap chats my bro…… Wake up and work!

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  55. I was told when I was younger that back in the horse and buggy days you could tell that a wagon was empty or full by the sound it made. An empty wagon made the most noise. That's what I think of when I see all the whining here. The empty wagon making the most noise.

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  56. You literally explained what I have been trying to say so well. Thank you for speaking and saying all of this is incredibly true. Thank you❤

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  57. Well said, people need to stop voting for parties that just care for the rich because the rich don't care for anyone.

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