Watch Joel Stein Live Like a Millennial For a Day

We asked Joel Stein, the author of this week's cover story on millennials, to live like a young American for a single day.

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We asked Joel Stein, the author of this week’s cover story on millennials, to live like a young American for a single day. Between failed attempts to sext his wife and don age-appropriate clothing, he didn’t really pull off the Generation Y experience.

 

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39 comments
istvan
istvan

Gag me with a spoon....as an xy cusp from '81 I find it really ridiculous that they chose someone who is only 41 to do this.  I mean, according to some sources, he is only 4-5 yrs away from being a millennial.  Not to mention, just last night, I told a friend who happens to be born in '74 to stop texting me because I don't have time for a 20 minute text conversation when a 2 minute call would do..........



calypso382
calypso382

Isn't "millenial" a type of spaceship?

jadoescher
jadoescher

this video just makes Joel's life look really sad. What a sad, sad man.

jrlofgren49
jrlofgren49

Apparently his "proof, studies, quotes," etc. from "respected academics" is actually quite shoddy in the original article.  I think if you want to make huge generalisations about people in society you can become a sociologist.  That way, you can write things that are actually verifiable, and represented in many pages of citations.  As far as I've read, there are too many points of vulnerability in your argument.  This is especially dangerous when you're writing for a massive audience, some of whom determine policy, about a group of people.  You are the reason why I won't be reading this magazine anymore.

leonsbuddydave
leonsbuddydave

This was the most out-of-touch, blindly condescending thing I've watched in a while. Go back to writing for Martha Stewart, I doubt that involves much journalism.

Eyesee
Eyesee

“I’m sure they’ll never get any actual work done. Good luck with our bridges and infrastructure.”  Like that out-of-touch smarm-face ever built a bridge or anything else. His job is communication, yet he has a such a problem with the forms that millions of people use everyday? No wonder no one pays attention to old media anymore.

smckenzie1986
smckenzie1986

At the risk of being pedantic, I would be remiss if I didn't point out that it is rather disingenuous when Mr. Stein uses descriptive statistics  to "prove" the narcissism of Millennials.  Descriptive statistics do not provide evidence; inferential statistics do.   And as unfortunately often happens when pop-journalists attempt to use statistics to provide evidence for their articles, Mr, Stein made some rather specious claims.  The most glaring of these is when he derides Millennials as narcissistic because more Millennials would prefer an assistant-to-celebrity job to CEO.  Without going into the purely logical sophistry of that claim, I would like to point out that such a test would have very little statistical power. There is only be two categories for the explanatory variable (age class:  Millennial or Not Millennial)  and two for the response variable (Job: Celebrity Assistant or CEO).  Thus, this would be a chi-squared test on just one degree of freedom.  Maybe I'm just an entitled Millennial, but next time you want to back up a claim with statistics, please provide me with the statistical test, the degrees of freedom and the p-value, Mr. Stein.   

rholeyiii
rholeyiii

I am 23. I have a wife, a child, a restaurant management job.
I don't text and chat all day. I don't strive to be like Pauly D. I can use two pieces of tech at once, though that seems like a useful multitasking skill to me. I don't have an instagram, I don't take selvsies, and I don't sext all day either.. I don't sext ever,
Yeah, there's some gems in my generation, but way to sit there and say you think someone like me lives that collegiate life style, just because I'm a millennial. That is what it is, what a bunch of college kids do. He just missed the semi-studying and heavy drinking parts. Trust me, I used to live that, when I was in college.
It's not like I sit here and think Joel Stein is some guy who is out of shape, has three kids, is having difficulty with his marriage, is smoking weed and listening to grunge rock and metal, going through a mid life crisis, and is inept with things like Twitter and Facebook. Let alone the internet. I also don't think he's a homeless guy, or someone living off of well fare, unemployment, or food stamps either. I also don't think he's a suit either, and all the fancy car, slicked hair, affair-ridden stigmas that go along with that either.
There's some gems in his generation too, but I don't know Joel Stein like that, so I'm not going to sit there and say "these are the characteristics that all Gen Xers live by, with their houses, and cars, and dogs, and families, and season tickets, and class reunions, and what not"
You go up to a 41 year old woman and say Happy Mother's Day. See how that generalization goes over, especially if she's not a mother.
This supplementary video and article to which it does so are informative, but off-base. Claiming that the actions of college kids define me and my generation is insulting.

AMSManey
AMSManey

He forgot to do thousands of dollars worth of work for free at an internship. He also forgot to pay his student loan bills and work the night shift at the 7-11 because he can't find paying work in his field.

modsuperstar
modsuperstar

Reading the comments I begin to realize Millenials take themselves way too seriously. You're right Joel kinda missed the point of living like a Millenial, but that was part of what made this bit funny. Like your grandfather being asked to use Windows 8 f or the first time, a lot of these concepts were pretty foreign to him. Add in the fact that you're on the Time Magazine website, which is as "Old Estabilshment" that you can really get, what did you expect?

Polerin
Polerin

Millennials are really angry and humorless people! The report was for fun kids!

MonTseLegorreta
MonTseLegorreta

This is extremely offensive to the entire millennial generation. We cannot be labelled as "sexters" o "texters" when there is a whole social trend that goes beyond social media and "intagramming". We are a generation of innovators, doers and seeking to find solutions  to problems brought on by entire generations of consumerism.  I thought TIME was a serious magazine, with serious journalism, this, this qualifies as a useless judgmental piece of "journalism".

who_cares
who_cares

Living like a millennial must be such hard work! As a hip 20 something myself, I just can't imagine sending over 50 text messages a day because I'm far too busy using my phone to look at real journalism instead of this cloying dribble about what those crazy kids are doing to your aging constituency.  


Oh, and that Huey Luis and the News shirt would have been a much better choice.

900662652
900662652

I thought more about this article after my initial post and I do admit I made the mistake of allowing emotion to come before logical thought.

Having said that, I can see where Stein was coming from. The younger generation is more dependent on technology as part of our lifestyle but much of the older generations imply this to be a bad thing.

I mean attempting to sext his wife would surprise any woman that is not accustomed to it. It doesn't mean she doesn't want to be intimate with him. That can be evidenced when she says its good he is not single because he would struggle. It implies (to me) that she is aware of the differences in romantic interactions from generation to generation.

Facebook and social media is vastly popular among all generations but is stereotyped to be a problem only for youth.

I'd much rather be stereotyped as a lazy and inconsiderate young man (which happens with all generations) than be older and have to adapt and accept the rapidly evolving world of technology.

The look of confusion on the faces of older individuals when they use a computer is heartbreaking. My own father calls me for computer advice that is perceived as basic knowledge for most younger people. But he is also one of the hardest working men I know and raised me to be a responsible and intelligent man. Lessons that, of course, are imperative regardless of generation.

I can see where Stein was coming from. I just don't believe it is a strictly youthful issue. As I said in my first post, I don't use Facebook. My last and one of my only status updates was 5 or so years ago.

jls2
jls2

This video is amazing and incredible.  By this, I of course mean that it's amazing that Joel Stein tried to pass this cavalcade of condescending poltroonery off as journalism, and incredible that someone on the editorial staff apparently believed him.  

900662652
900662652

I'm enlisted in the Marine Corps, have a bachelors degree, and don't use Facebook or take pictures of myself. Stereotyping counts as journalism now.

Fascinating.

AleCastro
AleCastro

Yeah... no. How about...  no. Just stop. No. What's the lesson here, grandpas? You get to whatever the heck you do to mess up our economy and you leave the internet to us, how's that? I'm beyond outraged right now... 

remioh
remioh

I feel kind of bad that my generation is going to ruin all the hard work Gen X, led by Joel Stein, put into building fantastic bridges and infrastructure. 
I also appreciate that the first suggested video after this is Joel Stein interviewing celebs on the red carpet. Seems like he's making lots of great contributions to society. 
Excuse me I have to get back to some really intense sexting that's actually happening via gmail chat. That's right, two birds with one stone. 


mhoyson
mhoyson

So it appears as though you have just posted your first and hopefully last article for Time. I suppose that's the life of a 41 year old...

TimLewis
TimLewis

How about I, a Millennial, write a story about what it's like to be a 40-60 year old. In it I will screw up the economy, put us in the middle of several major international conflicts that strap us for cash, watch 24 hour news networks and by doing so drive corporate entertainment networks profit margins and degrade public discourse, work a job that makes me miserable but allows me to save for retirement so I can enjoy the last 15 years of my life, repeatedly vote for selfish morons who won't do anything to enhance my wellbeing, etc., etc., etc. What good does "journalism" like this do?

GinaBee
GinaBee

As a 21 year old "Millennial" Im gonna give you a few quotes for you to google about your little Cover story and video. "Dont Be a hater" bro. "So you mad" that you can be great like us!. "Dont come for us if we didn't send for you!" Like seriously all these older generations just seem mad that we figured out how to live peacefully and happily while PAYING for their garbage they dumped on us. Get Over Yourselves! Deuces.

MichaelLeo
MichaelLeo

"good luck with our bridges and infrastructure"???  Have you seen the equipment used to maintain the bridges and infrastructure nowadays?  If you can't work an iphone and a macbook at the same without tipping over a drink you could never work the gps surveying equipment necessary for modernizing the infrastructure that the babyboomers and my genx have let rot for decades.

smaller.mahler
smaller.mahler

This was so insanely hard to watch. The way you're representing Millennials- as if we're vapid and sit around all day, is insulting. Spend three quarters your day working a minimum wage job you're overqualified for, another chunk searching/applying for jobs you probably won't get, and maybe in between that use social media in a productive way. 

pinkguitar
pinkguitar

This video is incredibly stupid. People in his generation are the ones who invented these technologies and are profiting from it, yet somehow we're idiots for actually using them. Not to mention most people are texting, taking pictures, and updating Facebook while they're navigating class, work, and other activities, not just sitting around in their house all day. If he wanted to be a real Millennial he should accept a minimum wage paycheck while trying to pay off thousands of dollars of school loan debt instead of flouncing around in his walk-in closet and being able to afford a landline AND a cell phone. What an imbecile. Not surprised his wife doesn't want to have sex with him.

emilymay
emilymay

This is the most condescending garbage I have ever wasted my time watching. 

squeak
squeak

This. Is. Garbage. 

Eyesee
Eyesee

It was all cute and funny showing generational differences, but when you end with that point, the real smug pride at belittling a huge group of people comes through.

who_cares
who_cares

Oops! I meant "instead of this cloying dribble *explaining what those crazy kids are doing to your aging constituency."


My bad, I'm just too angry to write cogently! 

associational
associational

@jls2 Implying there is a set definition/code for what qualifies as journalism. Journalism is meant to inform, and this video very much does. 

lewislacook
lewislacook

@TimLewis I, a Gen-X-er (I died a little inside putting that suffix on there), applaud you. Millenials are being handed a pretty crappy deal.

modsuperstar
modsuperstar

@jmrivera02 The part I love most about this is that I'm somewhere in the middle and can relate to both points of view.

NatalieKoski
NatalieKoski

@pinkguitar Agree completely.  This was a waste of time.  To the author: Thanks for proving that your article has no basis in real life.   If you want to truly live like a Millennial- see the above.  As someone who has 2 university degrees, $30 000 of debt (from school) and makes under $20 000 a year... I am disgusted and insulted that Time would even publish this rubbish.  

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