Add some colour to your living room with these punchy cushion designs
Add some colour to your living room with these punchy cushion designs

Megan Burns

Five perfect matte lipsticks that your mask won’t budge
Five perfect matte lipsticks that your mask won’t budge

Holly O'Neill

Slightly Christmassy movies that are totally acceptable to watch before Halloween
Slightly Christmassy movies that are totally acceptable to watch before Halloween

Lauren Heskin

This Glenageary home with a charming double-height extension is on the market for €1.875 million
This Glenageary home with a charming double-height extension is on the market for €1.875 million

Megan Burns

Surrogacy: ‘As soon as I lay a foot on Irish soil I become a legal stranger to my son’
Surrogacy: ‘As soon as I lay a foot on Irish soil I become a legal...

Amanda Cassidy

Cuffing season is upon and singletons need to know what to look out for
Cuffing season is upon and singletons need to know what to look out for

Christina McLoughlin

Children are becoming less resilient and it is because of our parenting style
Children are becoming less resilient and it is because of our parenting style

Amanda Cassidy

These 4 Sofia Coppola films are the dreamy escapism we need right now
These 4 Sofia Coppola films are the dreamy escapism we need right now

Jennifer McShane

Am I supposed to feel joy over a PowerPoint presentation?
Am I supposed to feel joy over a PowerPoint presentation?

Esther O'Moore Donohoe

Nowstalgia: beauty’s most forward-thinking trend? Looking back
Nowstalgia: beauty’s most forward-thinking trend? Looking back

Holly O'Neill

Image / Editorial

Stop millennial bashing: we deserve to live a little too


by Colette Sexton
22nd Jun 2018
Stop millennial bashing: we deserve to live a little too

Colette Sexton, news correspondent at The Sunday Business Post, on why the millennial bashing needs to stop.

Do you want to own a house at some point in your life? Well, you better be prepared to suffer, especially if you have the gall to be a young person. Young people, you see, do not deserve a house. The older generation worked harder than us, they tell us, so therefore they were entitled to buy a house.

Millennials, those of us born between the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, have not worked hard at all apparently. They also enjoy themselves a bit too much, even occasionally having the audacity to enjoy avocado on toast at brunch. They should only be allowed to become homeowners if they exist solely on pot noodles for ten years while holding down two jobs and refusing every opportunity to travel and/or socialise. Then, and only then, will they have earned the right to saddle themselves with extreme debt for the majority of their working lives, which are likely to drag on into their 70s.

The latest claim is that millennials cannot afford a house because we have cleaners (insert gasps of horror here). A study from app Airtasker found that 16 per cent of under 35s have a cleaner compared to nine per cent of older age groups. Media outlets ran this under headlines claiming millennials are spending money on cleaners instead of saving for a house deposit. Maybe they should consider the possibility that millennials have cleaners because they work so many hours they do not have time to clean their poky rented flats.

The research follows a long line of blame for the housing crisis being placed firmly at the feet of millennials, the people who were children when 110 per cent mortgages were being handed out left, right and centre. Last year, agents Strutt & Parker calculated that millennials could save the £64,000 needed for an average London deposit – after help from parents – within six years by giving up a night out once a week saving £6,000 annually, cutting out takeaways to save £2,640 a year, bringing in lunch from home for an average £2,576 a year, cutting out an annual trip away saving £700, and giving up playing the Lottery (probably their only hope of actually having enough for a deposit) to save £832 a year. That sounds like a particularly grim existence to me.

For many people, owning a house is a major milestone in life. In previous generations, this was easier to achieve. Front pages of national newspapers in Ireland this week splashed with the fact that it will be harder to buy a home and tougher to get a mortgage now that the ERSI think tank dramatically cut its projections for new builds in the coming two years by 14,100. It is grim, and that is why it is so frustrating to hear the constant millennial bashing. We’re trying our best. We’re working hard around the clock as we are constantly connected to the office. We are trying to make the world a better place (and succeeding in many respects). So give us a break.

And if you are a millennial, try to not let it get to you. Enjoy the takeaway and book that trip. Life is for living.

 

Photo credit Sydney Sims, Unsplash

Also Read

Stop millennial bashing: we deserve to live a little too
EDITORIAL
5 houseplants we guarantee you can keep alive

For those who buy houseplants with the best of intentions and end up killing them, here’s a selection you’ll be...

By Hannah Hillyer

Stop millennial bashing: we deserve to live a little too
EDITORIAL
Attending multiple weddings this year? How to save money as a guest

These days, going to a wedding is the equivalent of going on a short holiday in terms of cost. From...

By Jennifer McShane

Stop millennial bashing: we deserve to live a little too
premium EDITORIAL
Business Club members get your complimentary tickets to The IMAGE Business Summit 2021

Don’t miss this year’s IMAGE Business Summit, with an expert line-up, skills masterclasses, keynote addresses and more.Back by popular demand,...

By Shayna Sappington

Stop millennial bashing: we deserve to live a little too
EDITORIAL
Trinity Tales: ‘Front Square was her garden, and the city was her playground’

Annie Gatling, now Colleran, knew Trinity College was for her when she saw Front Gate from the top storey of...

By Amanda Cassidy

Stop millennial bashing: we deserve to live a little too
EDITORIAL
How to limit drips and brush strokes while painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can be transformative and can be achieved relatively low-cost, but you need the right equipment, and a lot of...

By Amanda Kavanagh

Stop millennial bashing: we deserve to live a little too
EDITORIAL
This spatchcock chicken recipe will make your weekend

This is a great way to get a juicy roast chicken, bursting with flavour.     Bord Bia’s Spatchcock Chicken...

By Meg Walker

Stop millennial bashing: we deserve to live a little too
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE