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The Absolute Worst Things You Could Ever Say to a Millennial in This Economy

Our mamas always said, “You must think before you speak.” But one scroll through Facebook and comment sections show everyone from hot-headed teenagers to disgruntled adults are more than ready to partake in a little back-and-forth jabbering.

Millennials, especially, catch a lot of grief from the media and older generations. Sure, some really are lazy, entitled, incompetent, and socially influenced — but not all. According to millennial researcher Jason Dorsey, millennials are “breaking into two. One group has their act together and is taking responsibility for their actions, while the other group has not been able to gain significant real-world traction.”

It’s no secret forward-thinking millennials have had it rough — and they know it. The economy hasn’t necessarily played fair for the so-called “me generation.” They’re saddled with debt and regarded as the job market’s biggest losers. Young people are beginning to fire back at these rampant claims because, well, they’re done taking crap. Even more, some claims are wildly untrue. Here are eight of the worst things you could ever say to a millennial in today’s economy.

1. You’d find a job sooner if you weren’t so entitled

young woman holding cellphone in hands on the street in summer

young woman holding cellphone in hands on the street in summer Young people are finally pushing back. | iStock.com/fizkes

“Just get a job already!” The job hunt is a real-life version of the Hunger Games for millennials who make up the most educated generation to date. Millennials entering the workforce between 2007 and 2009 faced the toughest job market in years. It’s safe to say no one felt more uncertain about their futures than millennials themselves, despite receiving undeserving ridicule from others.

College degrees aren’t worth what they once were. And the anxiety they face about heightened student loan debt, sporadic unemployment, and job security makes millennials unwilling to take low-paying jobs that can’t support their financial needs. With a median household income of $40,581, millennials earn 20% less than boomers did at the same stage of life, according Federal Reserve data conducted by the advocacy group Young Invincibles.

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