1. "Each generation gets to start life one rung higher than the previous generation. That’s a good thing, you old fart."
     

  2. Funny thought: I first learned what a millennial was about five years ago. I was being flown across the country to a job interview at a major tech company and happened to skim Delta’s in-flight magazine.

    I didn’t get the job because they hired internally, and then I went on to get stuck at an awful job working for peanuts in a sexist environment for four years while nobody would even return my calls or emails to reject me.

    That’s so millennial, yo.

    - Millennial K

     

  3. Millennial Punchlines

    I made the mistake of looking into the raw abyss (otherwise known as the public Twitter feed for #millennial) and I noticed a disheartening trend.

    The tweets almost exclusively berate millennials in general sort of way, lumping an entire generation into a participation trophy winning, entitled bunch of superficially worldly snots that require positive reinforcement nine times a day and are supported by their parents’ money and blinded from being actual productive members of society by their ridiculous passions.

    I suppose part of the reason so many of us are abused as people and employees is that we’re seen as less reliable by nature. Hopefully, as boomers drop off the planet (or at least retire already), we’ll start working for and having relationships with peers who can change the paradigm and find a way to appeal to our millennial sensibilities.

    - Millennial K

     

  4. "Unlike previous generations, millennials now have the capability to use food as a method of personal storytelling and self-expression. A range of social media platforms allow them to instantly snap pictures of their savory plates, follow their favorite food blogs, and check in at the trendiest, newest restaurants. No wonder 50 percent of millennials now refer to themselves as foodies."
     
  5. policymic:

    6 key findings from Pew’s research on millennials

    1. We’re independent and not very religious

    Pew found that 50% of Millennials consider themselves independents, as opposed to 39% of Gen X, 37% of Boomers and 32% of the Silent Generation. And 29% consider themselves religiously unaffiliated, up from 21% of Gen X, 16% of Boomers and just 9% of the Silent Generation.

    Read the restFollow policymic

    (Source: micdotcom)

     

  6. "I believe a large percentage of what is said about Millennials as a group stems from the fact that they are the generation currently occupying the place that the People Who Write These Things used to hold. Most pieces against the Millennials, as an institution, are written in accordance with the rule that When You Turn Thirty, Something Terrible Always Happens To Popular Music."
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    -Alexandra Petri, This generation of kids is just the worst … again

    Read the full piece here.

     

  7. Electronic Dance Music: The Secret Sauce for Millennials

    According to Forbes, Millennials were so desperate for their own genre of music that they had to create one in EDM:

    Millennials grew up in the emerging age of social media and they live online and they live online, as does EDM, which enables Millennials to consume EDM content via media platforms they are already passionate about. Due to the computerized nature of electronic dance music, the easy ability to share new music from artist to fan and fan to fan is one of the main reasons EDM and Millennials go hand in hand.

    Never fear, can use EDM and it’s underlying culture to reach Millennials to further your brand:

    “Brands can participate in this movement by aligning with the EDM culture, not exploiting it. If brands can stir up the emotions naturally generated by EDM, then they have the best chance of succeeding. For instance, the campaign Heineken did with Armin van Buuren to encourage responsible drinking worked on multiple levels – it was organic, reflected a sensible alignment, and had a positive message. Other brands that gratuitously feature an EDM artist in a TV spot without any rhyme or reason, are missing the mark.”

    Read full article on Forbes.com

     

  8. Millennials don’t expect to work anywhere for more than five years

    From The Guardian:

    In a few weeks’ time at London Business School’s annual Global Leadership Summit, we will reveal the results of a five-year survey of Gen Y participants on our Emerging Leaders Programme. Representing 33 countries, these high-potentials have already been identified by their companies as their most desirable young employees. We asked what they value in an employer, how long they wish to stay with one, and how they will lead when they eventually reach the C-suite.

    The vast majority (90%) said that they did not plan to stay with any given employer for more than five years.  More than a third (37%) answered that they plan to stay no more than two years.  Almost 40% start a new role already planning their next career move in the immediate future.  How is the employer to retain talent?”

     
  9. zenpencils:

    JIM HENSON: A puppeteer’s advice

    We love you, Jim Henson.  Forever and ever.

    (Source: zenpencils.com)

     
  10. Way to make us sound like discount whores, AARP. You’re the ones we see putting all of your business on FB. Also, who runs the companies and organizations that are actively seeking out this information via a discount carrot because they cannot be bothered to hire or engage in a meaningful way with millennials?  Hmmm…

     
  11. Another fun jab at Millennials brought to you by AARP. I’m glad that my millennial card is earned by refusing to make my own sandwich and thanks again for the subtle shout-out to the hellicopter parenting of the late Boomers and early Xers.

    Millennials - show us your sandwiches!  I’m sure they are amazing, photogenic, and delicious. Hashtag it MillennialSandwiches/MillennialDespair.

     
  12. zenpencils:

    ERICA GOLDSON: Graduation speech

    (Source: zenpencils.com)

     
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  14. Maybe, AARP, we should talk about WHY Millennials are so cash-strapped?  Let’s also talk about the consummerist society that rose in the 80s/90s under the leadership of the Boomers that helped make fast fashion with it’s absurd profit margins created on cheap overseas labor the mainstream choice.

    Tough conversations, I know.

     
  15. Keep it classy, AARP Magazine.