Millennials — defined as anyone between 19 and 36 years old — say they would take credit for someone else’s work to get ahead more than five times as frequently as boomers, according to a new study by marketing firm DDB. The survey also revealed that millennials are more likely to self-identify as “workaholics” than their older colleagues. Explanations for these findings vary widely: Some experts say that millennials’ willingness to take credit for others’ hard work is further evidence of their entitlement and feelings of deserving to succeed, while others argue that the tough job market has engendered a ruthless streak in the youngest American adults. “We know from other studies we’ve done that [millennials] feel entitled to get ahead, they say they deserve it and are special compared to Gen Xers and boomers,” said Denise Delahorne, senior vice president, group strategy director, DDB Chicago, who worked closely with the survey. “Their desire is so strong that some would do something that is morally questionable, or wrong.”

Hi Mom, I’m Home!

“One in five people in their 20s and early 30s is currently living with his or her parents. And 60 percent of all young adults receive financial support from them. … The common explanation for the shift is that people born in the late 1980s and early 1990s came of age amid several unfortunate and overlapping economic trends. Those who graduated college as the housing market and financial system were imploding faced the highest debt burden of any graduating class in history. Nearly 45 percent of 25-year-olds, for instance, have outstanding loans, with an average debt above $20,000… And more than half of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, meaning they make substandard wages in jobs that don’t require a college degree.”

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"Have you ever seen the research capacity of fandom? It’s incredible. Turns out [Steve Rogers] had Snickers and Hershey’s in the 1940s but he’d be pretty alarmed to find the kind of apples he used to eat are extinct and chickens are now three times as big. Turns out his sex education would be better than the kind in schools now, and that living through the Great Depression might put him into a state of grim nostalgia regarding the failures of the current banking system. Turns out Steve Rogers lived in a queer neighborhood, six blocks from an “artsy queer house,” and he wouldn’t say “under God” during the pledge of allegiance."

Wrote about historical accuracy in the Cap 2 / CATWS fandom! Thank you sairobee, actualmenacebuckybarnes, historicallyaccuratesteve, and mswyrr for letting me use your art or fic, taking time to answer my questions, and being generally amazing!

A+ Beauty: Makeup, Skin Care and More for Back to School

Millennials are once again hitting the books and beauty brands are targeting these younger consumers with new launches. Here, MAC The Simpsons Powder Blush and Lipglass: Happy birthday, Homer! In honor of The Simpson¹s 25th anniversary, MAC put together a special collection of shadows, blushes and lip colors in electric hues. For More

Gen X Ruined the World Too 

Hey, did you hear about the western Antarctic ice sheet? The melting there has reached the point of no return, which means we’re getting an extra ten feet added to our sea levels in the near future. A clear and direct threat to human life as we know it—we should be rioting in the streets, or at least posting more ice memes than net neutrality memes, right? Instead, as everyone knows, the scourge of the postmodern world, the Millennial generation, is too busy updating Snapchat on the iPhones they bought with their parents’ credit cards. But is it really all our fault?

Generation X has a lot more to do with our current shitshow than they believe. I’m not blaming them for the way the world looks—that’s on the Boomers—but our big brothers and sisters in Gen X screwed up our cultural priorities by teaching Millennials that self-obsession is the highest mark of cultural capital.



 8 charts parents of millennials need to see

There’s a simple reason young adults are living at home in higher numbers: For many, moving out means living in poverty.

The numbers are jarring. According to the Pew Research Center, a whopping 56% of 18-24 year olds lived at home in 2012, the highest rate since the 1970s. Today’s young adults are taking longer to reach life milestones like taking out a mortgage or getting married. The New Republic has dubbed this trend the Great Delay.

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Study: Opportunities In Young Adulthood Linked to Later Narcissism

There has been much debate over which generation, exactly, is the “Me” generation. Is it Millennials? Is it Baby Boomers? People have been taking selfies for pretty much as long as there have been cameras, after all. And painting them before that. There have always been and will always be narcissists, and, seemingly, we will always be horrified by their entitlement. But if there are generational differences in narcissism, a new study published in Psychological Science suggests that they might be attributable to the economy.

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42% of millennials describe themselves as "socialist." Only 16% know what socialism actually is.


Via the great researchers over at Reason comes a poll that will leave you with a great big facepalm.  

from Time:

Millennials use language differently than Boomers and Gen Xers (born between 1965 and 1980). In the Reason-Rupe poll, about 62% of Millennials call themselves liberal. By that, they mean the favor gay marriage and pot legalization, but those views hold little or no implication for their views on government spending. To Millennials, being socially liberal is being liberal, period. For most older Americans, calling yourself a liberal means you want to increase the size, scope, and spending of the government (it may not even mean you support legal pot and marriage equality). Despite the strong liberal tilt among Millennials, 53% say they would support a candidate who was socially liberal and fiscally conservative (are you listening, major parties?).

There are other areas where language doesn’t track neatly with Boomer and Gen X definitions. Millennials have no first-hand memories of the Soviet Union or the Cold War. Forty-two percent say they prefer socialism as a means of organizing society but only 16% can define the term properly as government ownership of the means of production. In fact, when asked whether they want an economy managed by the free market or by the government, 64% want the former and just 32% want the latter. Scratch a Millennial “socialist” and you are likely to find a budding entrepreneur (55% saying they want to start their own business someday). Although they support a government-provided social safety net, two-thirds of Millennials agree that “government is usually inefficient and wasteful” and they are highly skeptical toward government with regards to privacy and nanny-state regulations about e-cigarettes, soda sizes, and the like.

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There’s definitely some good news in there too.  Free markets are something that come naturally to most millennials.  They want to get paid what they’re owed.  The want to get rewarded financially when they work harder or smarter than everyone else.  They don’t really support the nationalization of industry.

I think the gap here is an educational one, and the GOP certainly isn’t doing a good job closing the gap.  The Democrats have the benefit of owning practically all of the mainstream media and public education.  

The only group I see out there actually doing a good job education young voters and those about to start voting about free markets is Libertarians.  That’s because Libertarians do a much better job at sticking to principles and not just playing politics, even in casual debate between friends or over the internet.  

In my own experience, virtually every millennial I’ve ever talked to about politics agrees on the central point that government should stay out of the lives and businesses of individuals unless they infringe on the rights or property of others.  That’s about the best starting block you can have.