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    Millennials Weren't Eating Tide Pods, And 17 More Misinformed Things That Aggravate Millennials

    Boomers, we would very much like to be excluded from this narrative.

    As any millennial will tell you, we're often the butt of jokes or looked down upon for the things we like, do, and prioritize in our lives.


    However, there are a lot of stereotypes that get put upon millennials that are simply just not true.

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    Like, no, we're not spending all our money on avocado toast, so, boomers, stop making that 2017 "joke."

    And I had that on my mind when I recently stumbled upon two very viral Reddit threads that dealt with this very topic. In the first, Reddit user NukeEnergy asked, "Elder millennials, what stereotype aggravates you the most?"

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    While in the second thread, Reddit user u/GreenShirt7 asked, "Millennials, what is one thing that the rest of us just don't understand?"

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    Needless to say, millennials had a lot to say. Here are some of the top-voted and best comments from both threads:

    1. "The use of the term 'millennial' to refer to the general 'young person.'"


    2. "'Millennials' has just become a term for 'young person with ideals I don’t agree with.'"


    3. "I, for one, am tired of hearing about the things we've 'killed.' Tastes change all the time; this is not new."


    Headline: "'Psychologically scarred' millennials are killing countless industries from napkins to Applebee's"
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    4. "As a younger millennial, I hate people bringing up that I eat Tide Pods. Ma’am, people my age were out of college and in the working world by the time TikTok challenges were a thing."


    5. "That we don’t take our jobs seriously. I had to sit my peer (55-plus) down and tell him that the millennials he was bitching about were the same age as the 'very qualified and mission-focused' person he’s been working with for the past decade."


    6. "I'm getting really tired of hearing about us lying around expecting handouts and not working. Especially when it's a situation where the person saying it is standing in a room with a lot of millennials, all of whom have jobs, which is every single time I've heard this said in real life."

    "Like, who here is lying around doing nothing? Who's your example? Oh, it's your neighbor's best friend's cousin's son — he doesn't have a job and lies on the couch all day. Okay."


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    7. "First it's, 'You must go to college and get a degree. You don’t want to be flipping burgers or changing the oil in some rich guy’s car.'"

    "*Does that, incurs a lot of debt*

    "Then it's, 'These irresponsible millennials and their elitist liberal educations! If they were smart, they’d go to community college and transfer or go to trade school. They won’t just take a job, any job, to pay the bills. They could flip burgers. Why should we pay for their mistakes?'”


    8. "When millennials do shit that Gen X'ers and boomers did, but for some reason we get derided as the shittiest generation to ever be born."

    "When millennials take cooking classes, sewing classes, or basic auto repair classes (and other shit our parents were too lazy or busy to teach us, but no one ever talks about that part), we're derided as being helpless and needing 'adulting classes.'"


    9. "When we are looked down upon for needing to use YouTube, etc., for learning tasks (like changing a tire) that our parents were taught by our grandparents, but the former never took the time to teach us."


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    10. "The whole 'Just go get a better job/ask for a promotion' line of thought. A lot of the time, we just can't do that, and one particularly annoying part of it is because you're all still sitting at the top. In my profession, there is very little to no upward movement."


    11. "As an American, it's basically that we're inheriting a system that nobody trusts us to run. All the people who represent us are two to three times older than we are, and the older generations are refusing or unable to retire, which is preventing us from actually entering the job market."


    12. "When people who grew into adulthood in the 2000s and 2010s ignore your economic/career advice, it's not because we're snotty or ungrateful or don't value your opinion. It's because the economy is so different that advice that may have been good in the '50s–'80s is not likely to still be good."


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    13. "That people don't own a house because they're 'lazy.' I have taken the time to explain how the loss of buying power, stagnant wages, automation, contract employees, lack of job security, cost of living in other areas, etc., all play into it."


    14. "I can't afford to live on my own. I have a degree, goddammit. I don't have kids, I don't have unnecessary extra expenses to cut out of my life. I just can't afford to live on my own. That's just how our economy is right now."

    "Please stop shaming millennials for needing help to afford HOUSING and FOOD. Two incomes are borderline necessary in this economy, so don't try to make me become a housewife. I can't AFFORD to be a housewife. I can't AFFORD children. I can't AFFORD a HOME."


    15. "I get extra salty about the boomers who are CONSTANTLY on their phones playing Candy Crush or reposting misinformation on Facebook, but will be the first to say we are 'addicted' to tech. Uh, okay. Surrrre. I believe that is just the shame talking because you can’t make a PivotTable and I can, Kevin."


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    16. "I kinda laugh when boomers call us snowflakes, when they seem like the bigger bunch of wimps. Anytime they get a taste of their own medicine, they act like it’s an assault on their freedom."


    17. "Every time you bash millennials for taking participation ribbons, remember who came up with that stupid fucking idea. Here is a clue: It wasn't us."


    And lastly...

    18. "We got blamed for spring break COVID outbreaks. WE AREN'T IN COLLEGE ANYMORE."


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    You can read the full thread of responses here and here.

    Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.