In July 2013, Matt Bors drew this cartoon, titled “Can We Stop Worrying About Millennials Yet?”
In his work — in addition to overturning the claims we’ve all heard about millennials’ laziness, narcissism, and determination to leech off Generation X — Bors writes, “Millennials aren’t marrying, buying houses, and having kids later than previous generations because they’re sitting around trying to beat a video game. They’re ‘delaying adulthood’ because the job market is the worst it’s been since the Great Depression.”
This isn’t news to us. The state of the economy has the power to affect everything we do: The jobs we pursue, the apartments in which we live, the way we spend our Friday nights, the trips we take on vacation, our relationships with our family and friends. It even influences which jokes we find funny.
At the same time, the recent recession has also forced millennials to be creative. It’s built us into master problem-solvers. Whether it means taking classes while holding a full-time job, finding ways to live frugally, or taking on roles in the sharing economy — Uber, Lyft, and TaskRabbit, for instance — millennials are finding ways to thrive.
(And, we’re also finding time to spend all of our waking hours on Facebook and Twitter. That stereotype is true.)