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Millennials Lack These 21 Basic Adult Skills

Millennials get a bad rap. They say we’re lazy, narcissistic, indulgent, and that we don’t work hard enough. If I had one dollar for every time a baby boomer told me — “Back in my day, I just walked into an office and asked for a job. Why don’t you do that?” — I’d be THIS close to paying off my crippling student debt. JKJK, I’m never going to pay that sh*t off.

You’d think our parents would want to set us up for future success while we were young impressionable 90s kids, but it seems like all of those participation trophies just made us reach for the unattainable stars. Maybe, instead of patting us on the goddamn back all the time, they could have taught us menial tasks like — say — doing our taxes, cooking, and budgeting for our futures of living paycheck to paycheck.

Sure, not all millennials are completely incompetent adults that lack basic skills, but when you’re pushing 30 and still living at your parent’s house because you can’t afford not to, some things will get pushed down the list of importance. If only we cared about personal finance and cooking as much as we do about hashtags and taking selfies. #MILLENNIALGENERALIZATIONS

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Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.