It’s not about millennials judging their peers, it’s about millennials judging themselves against their peers when they don’t have the full story. They see the photo from their peer (someone they knew in college but now lives 1000 miles away and they aren’t really friends). In the photo the peer is drinking a Mojito on a beach outside their bungalo in the Carribean. While they themselves are wondering how they will ever be able to take a vacation like that that when they can barely save up enough for the transmission repair on their 2010 Camry. Little do they know that Ms. Carribean lives at home with no bills and no responsibility. But Ms. Carribean doesn’t allude to the fact that she would never have been able to take that vacation if she was out on her own while working at her lame entry level job.
Keeping up with the Joneses has always been hard. But before social media, the Joneses lived on your block and you knew what they drove and what their taxes were like - because you were neighbors. Sure, you didn’t know about their inheritance if they had one, but you knew enough to tell whether they were in over their heads or living within their means. Knowing that much now is nearly impossible when it comes to your old sorority sister you barely keep up with who lives across the country and puts up a great facade on facebook and instagram.