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On Saturday Buzzfeed published an article called “How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation” by Anne Helen Peterson.
- “We’re deeply in debt, working more hours and more jobs for less pay and less security, struggling to achieve the same standards of living as our parents, operating in psychological and physical precariousness, all while being told that if we just work harder, meritocracy will prevail, and we’ll begin thriving.”
It’s causing a little stir.
I have a few thoughts. The writing is really good, or the editing or whatever.
There were times when Peterson articulated something I’ve experienced before but just assumed was unique to me. Here’s one example:
- “My new watchword was ‘Everything that’s good is bad, everything that’s bad is good’: Things that should’ve felt good (leisure, not working) felt bad because I felt guilty for not working; things that should’ve felt ‘bad’ (working all the time) felt good because I was doing what I thought I should and needed to be doing in order to succeed.”
I really appreciate that solidarity or camaraderie or whatever it is. (Empathy?)
The piece has definitely hit a nerve on the inter webs. Google millennial burnout for a few responses.
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