Attitudes about potatoes among Millennials are very positive. Eighty-nine percent rate potatoes “excellent” or “good” for being a good value, and 88 percent rate potatoes “excellent” or “good” for being something everyone would enjoy. In fact, potatoes rate highest on what’s most important to Millennials.
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United States Potato Board: “Understanding Millennials—How do Potatoes Fit into Their Lives?”

You absolutely have to click through and read the rest. It is literally the best thing I have EVER seen E V E R. There are charts! And graphs! And stock photos of “millennials.” And more words about millennials and their relationship with a wide variety of potatoes. 

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Don’t tell me
that Shakespeare wouldn’t have used WordPress,
bearing his heart and soul to the world
and sharing it with all his friends.

Don’t tell me
that Emily Bronte wouldn’t have
painstakingly
spent
hours on Tumblr,
creating the prefect theme,
reblogging the most angsty-romantic things
and writing fanfiction.

And don’t get me started on
Pythagoras,
who would probably have used Excel to make a graph
just as much as any other science student would have.

Lovecraft would have founded creepypasta.
George Orwell would have been a part of Anonymous.
Mozart would have gone to Coachella
to smoke pot with the rest of them.

Tolkien would have played World of Warcraft,
and Lewis would have probably watched
every episode of Firefly five times over.

I mean, for crying out loud,
Jesus would have had a Twitter too
if it got his message across faster!

How dare you tell me
that my convenience is the ruin of
my generation?
Born into another time,
where information lay at your fingertips
and everyone was just a touch of a button away,
wouldn’t you have used it like we do?

—  The Ruin of my Generation, a poem

More than two-thirds of people ages 14 to 34 agree that gender does not have to define a person in the way that it used to, according to a 2013 study conducted by the Intelligence Group, a consumer insights company. And 6 in 10 say that men and women do not need to conform to traditional gender roles or behaviors anymore.

For These Millennials, Gender Norms Have Gone Out Of Style

Photo credit: Jimmy Page III/Greg David

Caption: Greg David, a 24-year-old employee at Urban Outfitters in Washington, D.C., says he has masculine days and feminine days.

If Noelle Johnson had a bachelor’s degree, she’d be able to live closer to work, she says. She wouldn’t have to spend so much of her free time hustling for babysitting gigs. She’d shop at the farmers market. She’d be able to treat her sister to dinner for once. She and her husband could go on trips together — they’d be able to afford two tickets instead of one.

There are dozens of ways that not having a college degree and dealing with student loans affects Johnson’s life.

Johnson, 27, lives in Manassas, Va., and commutes 90 minutes each way by bus and train to Arlington, Va. She likes her job as an office manager at a nonprofit, and makes around $40,000 a year — about $10,000 more than the national average for people with some college education, though the capital region has a higher cost of living as well.

But young college graduates make $58,000 a year, on average. And after nine years of changing schools, trying to choose a major, dealing with an illness and managing tuition costs, Johnson has about $20,000 in student loan debt and no degree to show for it.

For Millions Of Millennials: Some College, No Degree, Lots Of Debt

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