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Tell Me About The Things You Wish Parents Understood About Being A Young Adult Today

I'm still trying to explain to my mom how dating works in 2023...

Being a millennial, I often find myself talking to my parents about today's worries and asking them for advice.

anne hathaway saying, "it isn't fair."

But I know as much as my dear parents try to relate to things I'm going through and offer their advice — they simply can't always understand what it's like to be a young adult in 2023. So I'm turning to the BuzzFeed Community to ask: what are some things you wish parents would realize about being a millennial or Gen Zer today?

Maybe you wish your parents realized the pressure that often exists to be active on social media and keep up with friends through that medium.

a woman saying, "this is the new thing you're doing now?"

Perhaps you wish your parents knew how heavily student loan debt weighs on younger generations and how a lot of financial decisions are influenced by that debt.

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Or maybe you wish your parents understood how nuanced dating can be in the digital age. Like, I've complained to my mom before about how a guy I was seeing didn't answer my text but he watched all my Instagram stories — and she was very confused by what I was talking about.

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Lastly, perhaps you wish your parents realized that a lot of people in today's generation feel pressured to get married and have kids — but some don't want any of that.

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Share all your thoughts with me in this anonymous form or in the comments below.

Some responses might be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post.