(Jhoanna Robinson) Researchers from Goldsmiths University in London found out that not being able to find a WiFi spot and forgetting passwords to different online log-in accounts are among the biggest fears of modern millennials.
by Jhoanna Robinson, October 13th, 2017
If this sounds insane to you, baby boomer, imagine what your reaction will be when you find out that millennials are also afraid that the avocado they just opened will turn out to not be ripe, and that there will be a shortage of Prosecco. (Related: Millennials are totally unprepared for the realities of life, study finds.)
This is vastly different from the concerns of young people from 10 years ago; back in the now ancient 1997, individuals were worried about not finding “the one”, not being able to pay rent on time, and overexposing their photographs. People in 2017, however, are anxious about leaving their phones at home and having to buffer online shows for a long time.
Social media “likes” are also a big thing for today’s millennials – they say they spend an average of around five minutes just to edit a photo that they plan to post and that they won’t be happy until they get at least 44 likes.
The top 20 fears and anxieties – also known as “first world problems” – that millennials in 2017 have are:
- Having to wait in the house all day for a delivery because the delivery man did not specifically say what time he would arrive
- Forgetting log-in passwords
- Leaving your phone at home
- No free WiFi at the hotel
- The buffering sign when you are streaming something online
- Standing in public transport
- Running for the bus/train only to have the doors close on your face
- Forgetting your umbrella and then finding out it’s raining
- Having to get out of bed to turn off the lights
- Finding an empty bottle in the fridge that was put there by a lazy roommate
- Being unable to find the TV remote just as your favorite show is starting
- Being “seen-zoned”: when a friend sees your message but doesn’t bother to reply
- Having to put on pants just to open the door
- When an avocado isn’t ripe enough
- Not having enough hangers that you reach the point where you pile your clothes on one hanger
- Running out of toilet paper
- When restaurant crew people don’t bring condiments with your food and you have to ask them for some
- Your laptop is low on battery but your charger is in another room
- Realizing the milk has run out after boiling the kettle
- Sat Nav re-routing
Compare this to the top problems of people in the 1990s, which include: 1) finding “the one”; 2) not earning enough to pay the bills; 3) not having enough money to go on a holiday; 4) saving for your first home; and 5) overexposing your photographs.
The survey results show that two-thirds of the country describe their work and social lives as extremely busy, and attribute it to the fact that there are more things to worry about now than 10 years ago. This view is agreed on by three in five people who are over the age of 50, who think 20-year-olds today are so much busier than when they themselves were of that age – probably due to having a fuller work schedule and maintaining a social media life.
What millennials of today fixate on: low-fat avocados, for instance
To cater to a rising breed of health-conscious millennials, various food companies have tried to incorporate the concept of “organic”, “GMO-free”, “all-natural”, among others, to every food item that they release.
Spanish fruit company Eurobanan’s Isla Bonita is jumping in on the bandwagon. They are putting in the market a brand-new product they call “Avocado Light”– a low-fat, low-calorie version of the normal avocado that has 30 percent less fat than most avocados that you find in your regular grocery stores.
The avocado is “naturally grown” and was discovered after experimenting with 32 varieties all over the world, Isla Bonita says, with the Spanish Heart Foundation’s Food Health Programme affirming its lower-calorie content claim. It will be launched this October in Madrid. Manufacturers are mum about whether they will market it to the United States.
Some nutritionists are skeptical about purging the fat out of the avocado, with BetterThanDieting.com creator and “Read It Before You Eat It” author Bonnie Taub-Dix saying, “The fat that is in avocado is actually healthy for your heart and has been shown to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. It also contains fiber that could lower cholesterol and help you feel full.”
For her part, health and nutrition expert and Nourish Snacks founder Joy Bauer said: “Being that fresh avocados are pretty much a perfect, creamy, dreamy, and delicious produce pick, I’m a tad skeptical about fussing with something that’s not broken. That being said, if this new product has all of the same nutrient attributes – without any suspect add-ons needed to reduce some of the fat – perhaps this will be a new way, for those looking to lose a few pounds, to enjoy avocado on the menu…in smoothies, on salads, and of course, hello guacamole!”
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