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Generation Nice
New York Times, by Sam Tanenhaus

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 8/16/2014 5:11:36 PM

Suddenly, as you may have noticed, millennials are everywhere. Not that this group of people born after 1980 and before 2000 — a giant cohort now estimated to number at least 80 million Americans, more than the baby boom generation — was ever invisible. What’s changed is their status. Coddled and helicoptered, catered to by 24-hour TV cable networks, fussed over by marketers and college recruiters, dissected by psychologists, demographers and trend-spotters, the millennial generation has come fully into its own. The word “millennial,” whether as noun or adjective, has monopolized the nonstop cultural conversation, invariably freighted

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It´s easy to be "nice" when all you have to do is live at home and do nothing till 26 and then find a way to ignore or pay for 0bamaCare. Oh, wait. you can´t find jobs after going to college. Better stay nice, cause if you do find a job, unemployed mom & dad may be moving in.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: AltaD, 8/16/2014 6:00:33 PM     (No. 9968503)

The author thinks you´re nice if you´d prefer a fun job that pays $40,000 over a boring job at $100,000 a year. I´d say it´s a sign these kids live in a world where mom and dad have paid for their every need, and are still paying. A $40,000 job sounds great if your parents paid for college, are letting you live at home and maybe even purchased a car for you for graduation.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/16/2014 6:56:25 PM     (No. 9968545)

Agree, #1. How interesting is that $40,000 job going to seem when they can´t afford to pay their student loans, support themselves, buy their own cars, and perhaps form their own families? Or is forming their own family not interesting enough?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: HerbVA, 8/16/2014 7:16:06 PM     (No. 9968560)

I do not open any link to this execrable newspaper. But just reading the lead line makes me think of the new movie "The Giver".

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 4justice, 8/16/2014 9:48:01 PM     (No. 9968632)

I don´t know about you guys, but it´s not even easy finding a boring $40K job right now even with years of experience and a secondary degree...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Italiano, 8/16/2014 9:59:33 PM     (No. 9968637)

I´ve had the "privilege" of supervising Millennials. Self-important, whining, under-producing women lawyers. Never again.

It would be more accurate to observe that they want to be paid $100,000 for $40,000 worth of work.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Shells, 8/16/2014 10:20:38 PM     (No. 9968651)

Maybe I can lighten the mood here just a scootch.

My 16 year old millennial nephew just returned (an hour ago) from a week building homes in Appalachia. I job he raised money for for over a year to have the privilege to do.

Tomorrow he will spend the afternoon volunteering at a nursing home - the one his beloved grandfather passed away in just a year ago. He saw a need there.

And on Monday he will return to his paying job as a camp counselor.

I could relate similar stories of his sister and cousins.

They´re not all terrible and entitled. They are certainly better people than I was at that age.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nerdowell, 8/16/2014 11:58:33 PM     (No. 9968707)

Maybe they´re spoiled. Maybe they´re shiftless and lazy.

But a significant problem that I see is demoralization and pessimism.

Obama´s work here is done.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TXknitter, 8/17/2014 2:38:35 AM     (No. 9968735)

Thank you #6. There are new college grads in our church who work at whatever they can get and in their spare time are painting relatives´ homes, mowing lawns and volunteering at church. I am especially proud of the girls who are very girly girls yet are helping out doing the physical work with the fellas. Most of these kids I hear INSIST on paying their parents rent too. Our pastor recognized our young people last Sunday and as a church, we are behind them all the way. Yes, indeed, some of these 20 somethings are a lot less self-involved than I was at their age.

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