Today’s Millennial Pins: March 15, 2016

Good morning, it’s March 15, a Tuesday. Here are today’s pins.

location_pin_sphere_red Continuing the ongoing series about Millennials being lazy, Mental Floss chimes in with a counterpoint: Millennials are actually spending time bettering themselves. A survey in 2015 showed that 94 percent of Millennials make personal improvement commitments – anything from therapy to exercise regiments to coaching. Millennials like personal challenges and constantly find new challenges for bettering themselves. I’d agree, and a lot of that is because Millennials are hoping to show others just how great they are.

So no, Millennials aren’t lazy. They’re self-involved.

location_pin_sphere_red Here’s an interesting piece on the rise of the Millennial Sitcom, which has begat new tropes very present in the genre (“Girls,” “Master of None,” “Broad City,” “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” “Love”). The shows are a little quieter, a little riskier, but very much part of a time and place.

location_pin_sphere_red CNBC wrote about a few apps attempting to get Millennials involved in investing. Stash, Kapitall and Acorns are the big ones. They have low buy-in prices, allowing a generation worried about money to start small with creating a portfolio.

location_pin_sphere_red President Obama spoke about smartphones, and specifically about the Apple vs. FBI security case, at SXSW on Monday. “It’s fetishizing our phones above every other value, and that can’t be the right answer.” Stepping away from the case and the right to privacy, it’s interesting to consider the importance of smartphones in everyday life. Seemingly we don’t live without them; they’re always with us, keeping us connected to everything else out there. And it’s almost an entirely Millennial phenomenon, as in, smartphones came of age at the right time for one specific generation.

In a way – which ties back to President Obama’s comment – smartphones are now who we are. They define us, especially Millennials. And to raid our smartphone for information may be, to some, akin to some personal assault. So should we then reconsider what the smartphone means to us, and how we should value it? Maybe it’s time.

location_pin_sphere_red OkCupid recently found that men still overwhelmingly make the first move in online dating. Men send substantially more messages than women. And men still pay the whole bill on the first date. Even as the world more openly embraces women as leaders and equals to men, the Rules of dating still haven’t quite changed. We’re still very traditional there.

Of course, men have abundant testosterone and are more likely to demand animal pleasures fulfilled, leading to the influx of messages that seems like constant badgering. So some things probably will never change. But in these Millennial times, when women are more frequently on top, you’d think maybe the numbers would swing a little more to the middle.