very generation loves to poke fun at the generations immediately younger than themselves. The "kids today" phenomenon has been going on since the dawn of cranky old men. The jabs generally fall into the following categories: fashion/hairstyles, loose morals, music, not understanding the value of a dollar, and not knowing how to work hard.
This generational contempt is ubiquitous and maybe inevitable. The hippies whose hair, clothes, and music were so offensive to their parents and grandparents grew up to "tsk tsk" those very traits of their Gen X children. And now those Gen X-ers are grown and looking down on Millennials. Ah, the circle of life.
Now, Bon Appétit Magazine is calling Millennials out for their overspending, but in the process, accidentally put their foot in their mouth. Way WAY into it....
Millennials are the new target of all of our scorn, and they are a delightful pack to scorn. Such easy targets!
Maybe it’s my position as a Gen X-er that makes me feel like these people are so silly. I am now of an age where I have graduated from the scornee to the scorner.
OK, so I’m old, but at least I can enjoy a latte while it’s hot because I didn’t spend 10 minutes getting the perfect picture of it to post to Instagram so that everyone would know that I’m having a latte.
Are millennials really more narcissistic, entitled, and needy than we were?
Probably not. They may expect a great paying entry level job, with flexible hours and benefits, that will challenge them and use their “expertise,” and to be recognized and fast tracked towards advancement. All of that seems silly from my wizened perch in my 40s, but I remember feeling much the same way when I first started out, don’t you? Sure, we didn’t share our feelings incessantly in an instantaneous and never ending social network emotional feedback loop. But that’s only because that didn’t exist.
Yes, my generation LOVES to roll its eyes at Millennials.
In an ironic twist, Millennials are admittedly terrific eye rollers despite the fact that I’m pretty certain that my generation invented the gesture.
Recently, Bon Appétit joined in on the Millennial-hating and made a BIG mistake in a late night Tweet.
Instead of stating that the generation collectively spends $96 billion annually on food, the headline stated that the average millennial spends that much. Big difference. Twitter pounced.
People were trying to figure out how could even be possible.
If I spend about $100 at the market each time, how many trips to the market do I need to make in a year to hit $96 billion? So many trips!
But the people weren’t done…