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Metals.com scam

Amazon attrition

At the movies

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Reshaping society

Electric cars make their mark

2019 was the year electric vehicles grew up. From budget Kias to fleets of e-trucks, this was the biggest year for vehicular electrification yet—but several blockbuster launches belie a hard road ahead as automakers are forced to reinvent themselves.

2019 was the year electric cars grew up

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious for EVs.Tesla has done the yeoman's work of proving you can sell a million or so electric cars to the masses. Its Model 3 accounted for 1 out of every 6 EVs sold worldwide. Now VW, GM, Ford, and others have painted a giant target on Tesla's back. Let the race begin.

Record low unemployment

Americans locked up abroad

Canopy branches out

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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Millennial Burnout Is Being Televised

Millennial Burnout Is Being Televised

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  • Each generation has its challenges. We strive to make our mark; take the best from the previous generation and change what we don’t like.

    What I am hearing is that this generation is tying to figure out WHO you authentically are. My Gen X wants to congratulate you on this realization. It is a hard and

    Each generation has its challenges. We strive to make our mark; take the best from the previous generation and change what we don’t like.

    What I am hearing is that this generation is tying to figure out WHO you authentically are. My Gen X wants to congratulate you on this realization. It is a hard and necessary step towards adulthood. Realizing that you do not have to be on a predetermined path is one of the scariest, yet most liberating, decisions you can make. Having the additional challenge of being visual and needing to fit into an online perception of self will be difficult. Going offline will be required to fine the inner peace you are looking for.

  • I think we should rename "Millennials" as "The Facebook Generation" because we came of age believing that perception is reality. Thanks to Facebook, we are how we appear, we are defined by what we say we do, not what we actually do.

    This is exhausting because it is empty, but it also because it gives

    I think we should rename "Millennials" as "The Facebook Generation" because we came of age believing that perception is reality. Thanks to Facebook, we are how we appear, we are defined by what we say we do, not what we actually do.

    This is exhausting because it is empty, but it also because it gives the illusion of being in control of our lives, ourselves, and our identities (which is, of course, impossible).

    Marie Kondo plays expertly to both sides of this coin -- she provides the tools we so desperately need for curating our quietly chaotic internal life, as well as the status symbol required to let everyone know how mindful we are!

  • Very interesting. As Gen X, of course I’m cynical. I’m not sure the millennials suffered any higher expectation to be exceptional, but I do think they have been programmed to assume it would be easier to be exceptional - semantics perhaps.

    Or maybe they are just having their mid-life crises much earlier than us?!

  • “They want to prove that their lives, as Frank says in Tidying Up, are things to be admired, and that their homes, vacations, children, closets all function as projections of their best selves: organized, attractive, authentic. Unattainable.” This is sounds like many folks in my Baby Boom generation

    “They want to prove that their lives, as Frank says in Tidying Up, are things to be admired, and that their homes, vacations, children, closets all function as projections of their best selves: organized, attractive, authentic. Unattainable.” This is sounds like many folks in my Baby Boom generation that plunged themselves into debt with McMansions for homes, new cars every 3 years, lavish Disney vacations and mounds of credit card debt. So then they can’t pay their kids college (saddling them with debt) or afford to retire. So where did Millennials learn their behaviors...before you complain about them, look in the mirror Baby Boomers.

  • In order to be successful at some careers, you need to spend your 20’s grinding. Which can be ugly and result in sacrifices both in you personal health and living situation. Some millennials are so caught up in the outer appearance of their lives (the superficial charade) that they end up costing themselves opportunities.

  • It frustrates me how us millennials have to constantly defend ourselves and explain our life choices. Priorities have shifted, but the pressure to have a Gen X-friendly home persists, particularly for young mothers (as exemplified in the show's introductory episode). They are pressured to live up to

    It frustrates me how us millennials have to constantly defend ourselves and explain our life choices. Priorities have shifted, but the pressure to have a Gen X-friendly home persists, particularly for young mothers (as exemplified in the show's introductory episode). They are pressured to live up to the expectations of what a good housewife/mother should be, but feel guilty for having the preferences of a millennial.

  • Today Americans are focused on perception and living the Dream. What if the Dream is built upon Fraud, consumerism and a desire to steal each other's pocketbook?

  • In a digitally driven world with dwindling resources, Millennials were, as a generation, the first pancake. Gen Z and Gen Alpha face the exact same identity questions, but hopefully they can at least learn from Millennials’ mistakes.

  • Watch Fyre Fraud. Just watch it.

  • Perfectly written. We millennials are constantly fighting for own self to be seen as more, I feel as if the truly important things are buried under so much dispensable and “mind-created” needs that there is no way not to be anxious, depressed, panicked and never satisfied.

  • I don't think it's 'Thanks to Facebook, we [Millennials] are how we [Millennials] appear, we are defined by what we say we do, not what we actually do' as stated in a comment to this article. Appearance has always been a determining factor in any generation, albeit to varying degrees, excersided in differing

    I don't think it's 'Thanks to Facebook, we [Millennials] are how we [Millennials] appear, we are defined by what we say we do, not what we actually do' as stated in a comment to this article. Appearance has always been a determining factor in any generation, albeit to varying degrees, excersided in differing social structures. I agree with another comment here that they have been raised to think they are special and can change the world... Burnout is highly probable for the more sensitive of the lot.

  • I’m not sure that I buy into this supposed connection between a minimalist, organized home and wanting to post everything on social media and letting social media rule our lives and decisions. I watched the show and it had great tips for organizing things so that it’s easier to see what you have without

    I’m not sure that I buy into this supposed connection between a minimalist, organized home and wanting to post everything on social media and letting social media rule our lives and decisions. I watched the show and it had great tips for organizing things so that it’s easier to see what you have without pulling out a whole pile of clothes. I think the show is a success because the method she uses saves people a lot of time, and it’s easier to focus when your home isn’t cluttered, not because of some desire to have our homes be visually appealing to show our personal success. As far as people getting scammed in the Fyre incident, people have been getting scammed throughout human history by one or another type of dishonest person and have long been persuaded by celebrity/model endorsement. It’s not that millennials are more susceptible to being scammed because of our visual motivations, we just spend more time on social media and scammers are aware and have targeted those platforms. Scammers evolve with the rest of society. New scams will always work better than old scams because people aren’t aware of them yet.

  • After reading all the posts on this topic all I can say is that “y’all drank the Koolaid. You defined your lives based on everyone else’s expectations, except for your own.”

  • Burning out only 1/3 through life? Boy are we in trouble with this bunch. In their later years, they're going to want everything for free.

  • I’m a millennial and I don’t feel burnt out, I feel fired up!!! I have internet access witch means all education and opportunity are afforded to me. I think the hyper-ambiguity of modern life is too much for the lesser minded to grasp, leading to angst, not the appropriate, appreciation and hope.

  • I’m not really certain the act of throwing junk out should be celebrated as a craze of sorts. People can’t face their badge. Physical or otherwise. Is this so revolutionary we require a TV series about it?

  • Seem so unfair? "Maybe you can Tweet about it. That'll solve everything." https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/millennial-millions/3867395

  • "The messages that Millennials in the Western world were raised with, in other words, have taught them to work harder and better than ever before, in all aspects of their lives. And that work is making a generation miserable, as Petersen documents, as they strive to attain success and avoid failure

    "The messages that Millennials in the Western world were raised with, in other words, have taught them to work harder and better than ever before, in all aspects of their lives. And that work is making a generation miserable, as Petersen documents, as they strive to attain success and avoid failure, and are permanently attuned to the perceived expectations of others. They’ve constructed flimsy charades of identities based on what they think other people will want. They want to prove that their lives, as Frank says in Tidying Up, are things to be admired, and that their homes, vacations, children, closets all function as projections of their best selves: organized, attractive, authentic. Unattainable."

  • Well, I just learned last week of the KonMari method, although quite demanding, little by little you understand we all need tidying. Great series on Netflix

  • Kondo is owning it all right now. Fascinating. She is incandescent.

  • Myself, I hate the term "millennial". It puts everyone in an easy to stereotype box. It sucks because, like any "generation", we aren't defined by any one thing. I'm not some man-bun wearing, avocado loving, metrosexual. I'm a person with thoughts and feelings outside ot the time of my birth.

  • I watch a millennial walking down the street and they are texting. Watched a group at a table in a restaurant, all were texting. If the millennials were to curtail texting down to once in a while. Stress would begin to drain away.

  • The saddest aspect of reality TV 📺 is the fact that it provides viewers a false sense of rational morality, ethics or standard. People watch to feel better about their own flaws.. its a mental security blanket which is more destructive than creative.. but.. I'm fairly sure that was the intent. Maybe

    The saddest aspect of reality TV 📺 is the fact that it provides viewers a false sense of rational morality, ethics or standard. People watch to feel better about their own flaws.. its a mental security blanket which is more destructive than creative.. but.. I'm fairly sure that was the intent. Maybe one day.. people will evolve.

  • Maybe this is just getting older and understanding that we are simply getting older?

  • Student debt is real. And millennials are not the only ones to incur debt over education.

    No one said all students have to go to college full-time and incur excessive debt.

    Most high schools have dual-enrollment classes where students can obtain both high school and college credit at no cost to them

    Student debt is real. And millennials are not the only ones to incur debt over education.

    No one said all students have to go to college full-time and incur excessive debt.

    Most high schools have dual-enrollment classes where students can obtain both high school and college credit at no cost to them. Many high school students are graduating with associate degrees simultaneously.

    And there is nothing wrong with starting at a two-year school and transferring credits to a four-year.

    There is always working and going to college one course at a time.

    And a person can enlist in the military and still get a college education.

    Of course, this is not the "fun" way to go to college. And in many ways negates living in dorms.

    But it is a way students may get an education without incurring massive amounts of debt while complaining it's hard to be an adult.

    Yes - it is hard. But with adult privileges comes adult responsibilities - including stress.

    The gentlemen in this article seem to be trying - and that is to their credit.

    Stress, exhaustion, challenges at work and home represents life. This is not the first generation to experience struggles with debt or perfectionism.

    It won't be the last.

    But providing a generation with participation trophies compared to generations that have learned to "try again" and failure to develop coping skills have contributed to millennial behaviors.

  • This is an interesting story about modern culture in general. The fact that they mention Netflix witch is in fact a source of distractions for things like tidying up just goes to show that all modern aspects of technology are tools that need help with how their used just like the show represents. The

    This is an interesting story about modern culture in general. The fact that they mention Netflix witch is in fact a source of distractions for things like tidying up just goes to show that all modern aspects of technology are tools that need help with how their used just like the show represents. The fact that millennials are the focus of this makes sense because they are the byproduct of all the new technology that has the effect of being more distracting then useful unless focused right.

  • Hold onto your seat... It's gonna get worse, not better.

    It's the perfect storm..

    The country as we knew it is over, and some type of hybrid culture is now forming...

    The Great Experiment of democracy ran it's course...

    I fear a culture civil war is due, but I pray I'm wrong...

    Venezuela is a warning....

  • My wife bought that book at Costco. I achieved joy and found peace when I threw the damn thing out. Millennials need to turn off the streaming service, go for walk in the fresh air and enjoy life. Gen Z is right on your heals. Don’t waste your time — you’ll be middle aged before you know it.