15 Things millennials say and do that drive you mad

Millennials, loosely classed as young people born any time from the 80s up to the 2000s, are sometimes referred to as Generation Y. From never leaving home to being addicted to technology, the list of infuriating things you'll hear about these young people goes on and on. Of course making generalisations doesn't help anyone, but it can be quite funny. If you thought being part of Generation X made you cynical, you've seen nothing yet.

\#15 Live with their parents, seemingly forever

You don't have to worry about missing your kids when they move out any more, they probably never will. With young people staying at home longer than ever, taking longer than ever to get a permanent job and becoming less and less likely to get married, record numbers of millennials are living with their parents. If you are the parent of a millennial who has moved out, don't assume you're off the hook either, as changing circumstances mean many young(ish) people are moving out then moving back in with parents later.

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\#14 Keep finding new ways to stay in full-time education

Generation Y is surely the most over-qualified, under-employed so far. Since job prospects are not looking fantastic for anyone these days, least of all school-leavers, perhaps it isn't surprising that millennials are staying in full time education much longer than previous generations. It's not just undergraduate degrees either, with graduates less employable than ever before, more and more young people are staying on for post-graduate qualifications that probably won't make them any more likely to get a job either.

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\#13 Don't watch TV

If you see a young person staring at a glowing screen today, it's unlikely to be a TV. If you're under 30, or possibly even under 40, TV is a thing of the past already. Generation Y very rarely watch TV in the traditional way. This doesn't mean they don't watch TV shows though, they do, they watch them via Internet services like Netflix. Why wait a week in between instalments of a carefully paced drama when you can watch the lot in a 12 hour overnight marathon?

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\#12 Take pop culture for-granted

When all you need to do to hear a music track is type it into your phone, it's hardly surprising that pop culture has become devalued. If you're old enough to remember travelling to a record store to queue up for a new release, there's a good chance you might actually appreciate the artworks you enjoy. If you're a young person with a functioning Internet connection, you can access the entire history of popular culture at the click of a button without even leaving your bed.

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\#11 Interact with humans face-to-face only if it can't be avoided

If you manage to make eye contact with a teenager, make the most of it. Many young people who have grown up in the age of the Internet see no conceivable benefit to interacting with people in person. With texting and social networking, you can redraft a message as many times as you need to make it as cool as possible. No need to deal with unpleasant smells, difficult questions or worse of all embarrassing people.

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\#10 "What's the point of relationships?"

If the beginning of a relationship is the best part, why bother with the other parts? With technology-fuelled short attention spans, millennials are very easily bored, and what could be more boring than spending time with the same person regularly over a long period of time? Fewer young people are getting married than before and the relationships they do have tend to be shorter and more casual. It's the shuffle button applied to people, when you get fed up with one, just skip to the next one.

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\#9 Texting at all times

Texts are the perfect length to send on the go without actually having to come up with something worth saying. If you're part of Generation Y, there is virtually no life experience that can't be carried out while texting. Texting may not be the most technologically advanced thing you can do on a modern phone, but it certainly seems to be one of the most compulsive. Plus it's a great way to avoid eye contact.

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\#8 Have a monumental sense of entitlement

Reality TV and celebrity have characterised pop culture for the entire life of a millennial. Having been exposed to more advertising and celeb-obsessed media than any previous generation, many millennials have impossibly high expectations from life. Expecting a showbiz lifestyle in an age when there are fewer job opportunities than ever, today's young people set themselves up for one hell of a fall.

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\#7 Think the Internet is the only source of knowledge

Ubiquitous Internet access has caused some millennials to forget there are other ways to find things out. Having grown up using Wikipedia for school projects, it hasn't occurred to many young people that there are other, often more reliable sources. Talking to someone or, God forbid it, using a library are definitely off the table. Anyway, aren't libraries just places for pensioners to stay warm?

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\#6 "Why should I have to pay for that?"

An overdose of YouTube, Spotify and illegal downloads considered routine has produced a generation of young people who don't think they should have to pay for music, films or anything else you can get digitally. With the few physical media items they do buy typically deeply discounted, many millennials have yet to make the connection between art being paid for and artists being able to make it.

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\#5 Don't care about the environment

Maybe it's the sense that it's too little too late or maybe it's just a general level of apathy, but today's young people seem less bothered about the environment than previous generations. A millennial might enjoy the outdoors occasionally, but if caring for the environment means switching off the electronic devices, forget it.

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\#4 "What's the point in voting?"

Voter apathy is worryingly low among millennials. Fuelled by cynicism about self-motivated politicians and a general feeling of alienation from the political process, many young people simply don't see the point in voting. Maybe if they stumble across enough Wikipedia pages they'll discover putting that little cross on a piece of paper is a right people die for.

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\#3 See debt as a way of life

When it comes to money, it's not so much about how much you have as how much you can spend. From student loans to credit cards, the concept of living beyond your means is alien to most millennials. To be fair, a student loan payable when you reach a certain income level probably seems a remote reality when the prospect of getting any job at all is slim.

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\#2 Consider mobile connection at least as important as oxygen

A lack of mobile or Internet connectivity is a millennial's kryptonite. If a place has no mobile network connection or, almost as bad, no WiFi, it may as well not exist. Millennials suffer an acute allergy to being in a location where they can't text or connect to social networks. After all, you might end up having to talk to someone.

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\#1 Fed up with being complained about

OK, millennials make an easy target. They're naive and lazy. They can't go five minutes without staring at an electronic device. However, just remember who's responsible for the screwed-up reality that spawned them. After all, you can't blame the Internet for everything.

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Sue Smith started writing in 2000. She has produced tutorials for companies including Apex Computer Training Software and articles on computing topics for various websites. Smith has a Master of Arts in English language and literature, as well as a Master of Science in information technology, both from the University of Glasgow.