The media, too, has trouble deciphering what exactly our motivations in life are: Do we move in with our parents because we're lazy and co-dependent or because we're perpetually broke? Are we having nonstop kinky sex with one-night stands or remaining celibate into adulthood? But perhaps we're so misunderstood by society-at-large because even Millennials themselves haven't quite decided what we want. Despite that confusion, the caricature of the commitment-phobic, sex-starved, Tinder-obsessed, strictly-a-casual-dater Millennial had to come from somewhere, and the Internet is probably to blame: Most Millennials project an outgoing version of ourselves on social media that we're too cautious to actually live out in reality.
The language of social media is that of openness, and most Millennials 90 percent of us , according to Pew use it, often publicizing our personal lives — including the intimate details of our sexual encounters. We proudly tout our dating hang-ups on a forum that lets us broadcast our problems in the moment. Scroll through the "explore" section of Instagram, for instance, and you'll find posts on Tinder nightmares, how to belittle your ex , the importance of " cuffing season " and the struggle of being single when you " miss regular dick.
You hate your ex? You're stalking your crush on Facebook? We are the generation in an Internet-limbo, nostalgic for a childhood when the World Wide Web was still new while being forced to accept a technology-dependent society in adulthood. With that camaraderie comes a lessening of the shame that the generations before ours felt about sex. Our desires are no longer strange; we feel free to discuss all of our preoccupations with sex and dating, no matter how unusual or potentially embarrassing.
Studies show that the stigma around sex is fading: One survey from the University of San Diego found that 58 percent of respondents said there was nothing wrong with sex before marriage, and another study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that 45 percent of us of have had casual sex, compared to only 35 percent in the Eighties. While these platforms make us feel less alone in the struggles that go along with maintaining a romantic relationship, social media simultaneously isolates us: Instagram and Twitter promise an audience of Millions without the awkwardness or inconvenience of real-world interactions.
The Millennial habit of oversharing on social media is over-compensation for these cultural growing pains: Millennials want to live in that in-between space, where our addiction to social media doesn't exclude personal intimacy, but we haven't mastered how to balance our needs yet. The generation ahead us is fluent in technology; those now-teenagers were raised on it. But Millennials live in two worlds: Constantly being detached from actual people — swiping through Tinder on our phones, scrolling through strangers' Instagram profiles — creates a fear of the intimacy we crave, too.
Millennials don't yet have the skills to translate our desire for personal connections from the computer screen to real life — hence all that ghosting and failed Tinder dates. This is an era of experimentation for young people as they try to have it all: His philosophy was tested when Mr. Altman for The New York Times Then, several days later, he noticed Mr. Pavelski tweet a link to Medium , a popular blog for cathartic, personal essays.
Pavelski wrote about feeling burned out at work and wanting to rebuild a childhood treehouse as therapy. Altchek wanted to send a message. Pavelski is still on his first strike. But even in an office that is tolerant of youthful boundary pushing, some millennial behavior can cross the line. Altchek recalled a companywide meeting last September that coincided with the religious holidays Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha. An Anglo-Pakistani employee asked why management had announced a flexible time off policy for the Jewish holiday, but not for its Muslim counterpart.
Afterward, in front of a smaller group, he was approached by a younger, entry-level employee who said that there were two words missing from his reply. Altchek did not think such a comment belonged in a workplace, especially his. It was in front of a bunch of people, which was probably better, because I was forced to be calm. Photo The crowded newsroom has an aggressively playful vibe, like a middle-school fraternity house.
Last year, millennials edged out Generation X 35 to 50 years old in as the largest share of the labor force, according to the Pew Research Center. Joan Kuhl, 36, who founded Why Millennials Matter , a consulting firm that advises employers like Goldman Sachs on hiring and retaining recent college graduates, said that what is needed is more familiarity. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Ms.
Kuhl educates her clients on the quirks of millennials, and why a year-old sees nothing wrong with oversharing. Kuhl has been taken aback by some of the millennials in her office. She remembered an intern who ate a tuna fish sandwich during a 10 a. Altchek founded Mic in then operating as PolicyMic with Jake Horowitz , now 28, his former classmate from the Horace Mann School in New York.