New polls reveal how many millennials rely on their parents to pay their bills
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, conversations about burnout and mental health are at the forefront. One of the groups leading the charge to bring these issues to light is millennials.
But are some millennials going too far?
Millennials, or those born between 1981 and 1996, are under fire after several recent polls appear to point to flaws in the generation’s work ethic. A new Fortune Poll shows that 35% of millennials across America rely on their parents to pay their bills.
“If you’re a millennial, your parents try to retire and you take their money like, go out and get a job. It’s just so disrespectful,” co-host Lisa Boothe said on “The Big Sunday Show.” .
Boothe, a millennial, remarked that she plans to raise her own children to be “tougher” than others of her generation. His co-host, David Webb, looked at the issue in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For people who showed up, let’s even say, during COVID and went to work when others were sitting at home and got a check, they’re the bosses now. So guess what, kids? said Webb. “While you’re sitting at home in mom and dad’s basement, playing whatever game and pretending you’re the victim, your friend who graduated with you is going to be your boss.”
Many millennials say that the cost of living in the United States has risen over the decades, and inflation is not making it easier to pay the bills. To make matters worse, earning a college degree is becoming increasingly necessary to stay afloat in competitive job markets, but the cost of a college education has also increased.
Webb’s answer? The cost of college is no excuse to be complacent.
“This is a growing group of people from universities, many of them with higher education, who are spending a lot of money, going into debt and not moving forward with their lives. The best anti-poverty program is a job,” Webb said.
Surveys also revealed that 63% of Millennials and Gen Z felt feelings of burnout. Additionally, many millennials have reported not knowing how to perform certain tasks that were once expected of adults.
Some of the tasks reported included performing an oil change, changing a tire, tying a tie, starting a car and sewing a hole. In an increasingly digital and specialized world, many of these “essential” tasks have become less necessary to know.
But Webb thinks millennials’ penchant for technology should make learning these tasks easier than ever.
“Come on, you’re millennials. It’s on YouTube. Watch the video and do it,” Webb said.
Fox News host Todd Piro has used “mooching” millennial polls to highlight the importance of his own group – Generation X.
“Generation X was told, ‘You’re the lazy generation.’ Well, you wanna know something, America? Generation X keeps this country together. We put in all the work, we raise the kids. We also raise our parents, we get older,” he said.