Hello, my name is Stephanie, and I’m a people pleaser. I have a hard time saying “no” to unwanted commitments because I’m incredibly afraid of upsetting people or even worse – *gasp* – having them think I’m a bitch. Read More
I’ve said it time and time again: Millennials value experiences over things. I often cite a July 2014 Eventbrite survey that reveals just how much. In it, 78% of millennial consumers said they’d rather spend their extra cash money on an experience/event over a product.
For a lot of people, that probably means deciding to go to a music festival instead of buying an Apple Watch. For me, it goes way beyond that.
New York, I loved you. Part of me still does, sort of. New York is a city of firsts for me: where I drew my first breath as a living being; where I indulged in my first of many cries; where I had my first kiss in a dingy high school stairwell; and where I first began my obsession with Aubrey Graham as a 13-year-old girl.
During my formative years in Brooklyn, I was invincible. Despite 9/11 and the terror it evoked, I had zero fear of the streets, the people, or the fast-paced lifestyle. In fact, I embraced all of New York’s eccentricities. I felt like I owned the city.
My friends, 2015 is the year of Drake — my favorite millennial in the history of millennials. (Though if you really know me, you are well aware that every year since 2003 has been “The Year of Drake.”)
Drake kicked off 2015 by releasing a surprise album that was unlike anything we’d heard from him before. It was a welcome treat that invoked a flurry of emotions (as always) – and on the eve of Valentine’s Day, to boot. This summer, we saw his character put to the test after a young sir named Meek Mill attempted to besmirch his name on Twitter. The upshot? Drake slayed the guy with a series of freestyle raps and a well-presented PowerPoint. Since this summer, not only has Drake released another album, but he’s hit a milestone as the 4th artist to score 100 Billboard Hot 100 hits; he’s received amazing reviews for his annual Toronto-based OVO fest; and he apparently began dating the greatest lady athlete of all time.
I get it—we’re poor. But if we have enough money to dine out, we should probably be tipping accordingly, am I right?
Approximately one-third of US millennials don’t. According to a recent online survey by Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Michelin, 30% of Americans between 18 and 34 admit they usually tip less than 15% of a bill for good service. (Note: Thatz not okay. The Emily Post Institute, and well, society, says you should leave 15%.) The majority—70%—of Americans usually tip between 15% and 20% for good service, with those who are older than 65 driving this customary behavior. Millennials are least likely of all age groups to tip within the 15% to 20% range. Just 55% do it regularly.