As a millennial, here are my responses. No offense intended, just debating with you.
[quote=“dgoedken, post:58, topic:1920”]
they grew up being told by their parents they were God’s gift to the world[/quote]I was born in 1988. I sure as hell didn’t get a trophy when I lost a soccer game (didn’t play soccer, but it’s an example). I think you’re conflating “millennial” with “born in 2010 or later.” One is a subset of another.
[quote]they grew up “winning” for 4th 5th or even last place. Hey they showed-up, where’s the medal/trophy for being there?[/quote]Not true, see my above response. Don’t generalize due to a recent subset of the sample.
[quote]they tend to feel entitled. They’ve been raised to believe all should be handed to them and not earned. That management position their boss earned after 5 years, should be there job in 1-2yrs.[/quote]100% disagree. And nothing was handed to me. I grew up eating hot dogs and beans on one side, and having everything I wanted on another side of the family. I got a taste of “poor” and “rich” at the same time. Perhaps that’s why I disagree, because I have multiple perspectives. But again, I think you’re conflating recent history with the entire group of Millennials.
[quote]they tend to be ‘more open’ in many things. More open to talking about what they earn, more equal in terms of how various groups should be treated, more open about sexual leanings, etc[/quote]I have met numerous people, of all ages, that are open and tight about that stuff. I don’t think it’s unique to this group. Then again, why does this matter?
[quote]they have more ‘stuff’ than the older generations on most every level. And the cost of those items are a larger %age of household income (cell phones, game systems, over-priced headphones, jeans, shoes, etc)[/quote]Cell phones didn’t exist and weren’t as easy/cheap to come by as they are these days. This is just a fact of life. Millennials aren’t to “blame” for this really. It’s just everything is more accessible (a la amazon). But again, why does this matter? Plenty of people in previous generations had plenty of “stuff.” Are you just comparing yourself to Millennials? Perhaps you should compare yourself to everyone, no matter the generation. The fact of the matter is: “everyone” has a cell phone these days–including non-Millennials.
[quote]those items above, they get replaced every couple/few years, whereas the older generations held on to them for much longer[/quote]Plenty of people hold on to stuff a long time. There is an entire subreddit dedicated to this (/r/buyitforlife) and an entire way of life (hipsters) that are mostly Millennials.
[quote]they entered into a world where college cost a LOT more, in part b/c it was deemed everyone needed a college education to get ahead, which caused greater demand than supply which caused costs to rise ever higher, which brought out “online schools” and lower quality schools[/quote]No argument there. I did three semesters in a community college and called it a day. College is a scam these days–unless it’s a medical, law, or otherwise very “book” intensive area of study. Tech degrees are worthless, IMO (I’m an example).
[quote]they were not given direction by their parents on what to do in college that would earn them a good living, Only that they were special and should follow their dreams/hearts/etc…and so you get a lot of worthless degrees that earn FAR less than it cost to obtain. Or they were coddled in learning and did try to pursue that quality degree, but were failing out b/c of --insert reason here-- and transferred to another discipline to finally graduate.[/quote]I’m sensing some resentment on your part? You keep bringing up this topic of us all being so wimpy and nurtured. I think you’re seriously generalizing, and perhaps the [social]media has gotten to your head. But I’m not one of them, so perhaps that’s why I am a bit on the defense.
[quote]They went into a world that was hit by a massive financial crisis, people with REAL skills were looking for jobs just as there were coming out w/ their freshly minted 2/4yr degree.[/quote]Unsure how this pertains to Millennials directly.
[quote]The smarter / wealthier families had their kids continue on to obtain an MBA or Master’s degree, (they seemed to turn out fine, but still a lot more M.S. degrees out there than in prior years)[/quote]If you view MBA folks as “fine,” I think you’re mislead. In my experience with Millennial MBA folks, most of them are super entitled and arrogant, just because they have said degree. I’m not saying that out of jealousy at all, because I don’t care what degree anyone has or doesn’t have. It’s just a trend I’ve picked up on in my professional circles.
[quote]Even though interest rates were at “historic lows” banks weren’t lending and hence stayed in their parent’s homes, hopefully paying down their loans[/quote]What’s this have to do with any generation?
[quote]Those whom weren’t as motivated to find a job (b/c it wasn’t being handed to them) sat and languished their skills and when interviewing, it never looks good to have that low-paying job for months/years on end
[/quote]Don’t understand your first point, because there are plenty of folks that lived at home, not just Millennials. The second point, I agree with, but doesn’t only apply to Millennials.