13 Nov

There’s a lot of talk out there about us 20-somethings. And a lot of it’s not so good.

Apparently we’re lazy, lack work ethic, are afraid to stop living off our parents and have a sense of entitlement.

I could go on and on about all the negative perceptions I’ve come across, but instead wanted to see what you all thought. Whatever your age, please share your thoughts about these prevalent 20-something stereotypes by taking the poll below.



  1. Samantha November 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM #

    Ugh, all of these stereotypes make me kinda angry haha

    • Jordan November 13, 2011 at 2:15 PM #

      They make me angry too. But this is what’s being said out there in the media. I have yet to find a valid study that proves any of them (not sure if it can be done), but these were the top sentiments about millennials I’ve continually come across online.

      Of course I think these are all pretty blanket statements about Gen Y. The generation covers a timeframe of people that are in their teens to people in their early 30s. So I think it’s pretty ignorant to generalize that “all people 15-30” exhibit even bits and pieces of these stereotypes.

      Here’s a NY Times article that was recently shared with me by a reader: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/magazine/30fob-wwln-t.html.

      Sorry, but it may fuel your anger a bit more. A notable quote: “A consensus has emerged that, psychologically, they’re a generation of basket cases: profoundly narcissistic and deprived of a sense of agency by their anxiously overinvolved parents — in short, a nation of wimps.”

  2. Jill Oviatt November 13, 2011 at 9:09 PM #

    For as long as anyone can remember, 20-somethings have been entitled and narcissistic. That’s just what you are when you are 20-something. Embrace it! Soon you will be 30-something and you will put everyone else’s needs before yours, so have fun thinking about yourself while you can ;p

    • Jordan November 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM #

      Thanks Jill! If you allow it, I’ll take it!

  3. Jonathan Cunningham November 14, 2011 at 11:59 PM #

    Stereotypes are only true if you live up to them.
    You don’t strike me as falling into these categories Jordan so don’t let it frustrate you.
    As a wise person typically says: it’s important to know who you really are. If these stereotypes don’t fit you, don’t even sweat it.

    I know plenty of 20 somethings that depend on their parents, not because they want to but because it’s hard to find your footing sometimes.
    MOST IMPORTANTLY, I just like that you have a poll on your blog. It makes me want to try that eventually. Good luck with the site!

  4. SChristie November 26, 2011 at 3:56 PM #

    One thing to remember, besides Jills point of how people change as they age is that EVERY generation gets their moment to be the subject of media distain. As part of Generation X we were all slackers, unmotivated, unwilling to work, etc. It honestly says more about the media than any generation I think . . .


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