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Millennials Are Sharing The Worst Advice Boomers Gave Them

Millennials are fed up with Baby Boomers.

It started with the housing market and has continued on with their questionable advice.

"Go buy a house!" they said. "Go have kids, you'll figure it out later!" And us millennials shouted back, "WITH WHAT MONEY?!"

Yep, it's stressful out here.

Come see what other words of "wisdom" boomers have shared.

Get your advanced degree to guarantee a management job.


This Redditor received this advice from the CEO of a small company. Only thing is, they were given the assistant CEO position on a whim because they had managed a movie theatre for a summer.

"Join the army, so your family can have a future."

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"Well done. Well [expletive] done. The family left. And now, seventeen years later, the only way I can get a job is if I do NOT tell people I was in the military." - u/Idiot_Savant_Tinker

"If you turn your favorite hobby into a job, you'll never work a day in your life."

"I'm sure it works for some people, but I have heard so many people say that doing this has just turned their hobby into work they dread doing. When you're forced to do something to pay for your living, it can end up becoming a chore." - u/big_papa_hemingway

Don't use the internet.


This Redditor's grandmother told them to skip using the internet to find a job and go into the workplace instead. Guess what happened when they did that, though? The workplace told them to apply online.

"Refuse to leave until the give you a job."


"My friend's dad got a fantastic job right out of college (with an unrelated bachelor's degree) by LITERALLY GOING INTO A RANDOM BANK DOWNTOWN AND REFUSING TO LEAVE UNTIL THEY GAVE HIM A JOB. Can you even imagine? Can you??" -u/effieokay

"Just get a job."

"My mother told me to, 'Just get a job. Tons of places are hiring.' Though, she has come to understand the struggle now as she spends all day applying to jobs and not getting a single call back." - u/bluepandadog

Just have kids.

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This Redditor's mom was so desperate for grandkids, she would say, "Babies just need love, not money."

To this, they replied, "Sorry, mom, no grandkids until I have a job with a decent paycheck and less student debt."

Always be grateful.


"I love being told 'be grateful you /have/ a job!' Then they look on in horror as I explain that I can't afford to live on my own while working over 40 hours a week. I don't get vacations. I don't get sick days." - u/meinsaft

"Doing college online is worthless."

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"Got my degree, doubled my income within five months at the job I had been gaining experience at while doing my online degree. Many jobs just have that piece of paper as a barrier." - u/crackerjeffbox

Have a baby to trap a man.

This Redditor was once told, "If you want a man to stay with you, you'll have to pop out a baby." The logic is extremely flawed here. Wouldn't you want a man to stay for love and not for mere procreation?

"You're having trouble making your rent? Just call up the owner and ask if they can reduce it for a little while or put you on a payment plan."

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"Mom no. Maybe that works for some people somewhere, but my owner is a huge company out of state. They don't cut me a break out of the kindness of their heart. If I'm late they charge a fee, and if I'm still late a month later they sue me." - u/sonofaresiii

"Go outside, get some fresh air! Your mental illness is just in your head! Laugh and smile more, you'll be fine."

"From a family member. 4 years of therapy in and I still struggle daily." - u/squidspeakerr

Buy a house and pay it off quickly.

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This "smart" advice was given by a baby boomer who clearly doesn't realize that houses were a lot cheaper in their day.

This Redditor also pointed out that us millennials are making about a third of what they do.

"You don't need the internet to get a date."


"It does narrow things down to people you share a common interest with. It amazed me, when I was single years ago, and realizing I wasn't too bad at the dating thing, because I actually connected with people online who liked similar things." -u/deleted

"Follow your passion. Don't let anyone tell you not to."

"Sorry mate, but that's how you end up deep in debt and working a minimum wage job. The world has gotten drastically more expensive and less forgiving since the 50s and 60s, and it's largely because of the decisions your generation made. I'm going to chase the opportunity and play it pragmatic." - u/amaROenuZ

Go to college by all means.

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This Redditor still regrets taking their parent's advice to go to college even when they didn't want to. Now, they've wasted thousands of dollars a year and they still haven't nailed down their major.

"If you want to get the girl just keep asking even after she says no. She just wants to be sure that it's really her you want."

"I was 15 but I knew that this was totally false. If a girl says no, there's a 99.99% chance that it's because she doesn't want to be with you." - u/deleted

"Buy a house."

"I got this from my old boss AND my former mother in law. Both of whom bought their houses in the 70's and had payments of $200-$300 a month on them. I can't get a $300 credit card without jumping through enough hurdles to qualify as an olympic event, but apparently I can just go buy a house while I'm picking up the groceries." - u/cerem86

Just suck it up.

This Redditor's dad told him that rude customers and co-workers help "build character."

The dad was eating their words when they got laid off and had to work in customer service with these types of rude people.