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Millennials: The Worst, Most Entitled, Most Spoiled Generation in the History of Humankind?

People love to bag on millennials. But you'd be surprised how little debauchery and entitlement is going on.

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For all their being dismissed as entitled, millennials have to channel more and more of their resources toward succeeding in any field.

Jason Ritzke, a 25-year-old operations manager in broadcast television, says he and his wife sent out 400 job applications and received four interviews. He managed to find a job. She’s still looking. He doesn’t take many risks as a result. He says, “As difficulty scales, as it becomes more and more difficult to elevate yourself, you find yourself giving up things. You find yourself asking, ‘Can I ride this bike without a helmet? What will happen to my wife if I lose my job? Can she provide for herself? Can she get a job fast enough to do it?’ Every day I have to lean on every single one of my faculties at work to haul myself just a tiny bit higher. Then I come home and work to fight the forces of entropy on my life, to fix things, to pay bills. I do everything by the straight and narrow because the penalties for falling off the track are so steep.”

Does he wish he was out partying? Maybe a little. Does he feel less cool because he’s not doing so?

“Do I feel lame?” asks Jason. “No. I feel like Hercules.”

And he’s not alone. So we may not be the greatest generation. But we are a pretty nice generation.

If only we could start standing up for ourselves at cocktail parties.


Jennifer Wright is editor at large of You can follow her on Twitter @JenAshleyWright.

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