10 Things Millennials Have Ruined For America

10 Things Millennials Have Ruined For America

We just can't help but ruin everything!

Video killed the radio star, and millennials killed... a number of American industries, as it turns out. Things change as people change, but millennials seem to be the cause of a surprising number of fallen products.

1. Diamonds

Contrary to the popular song, diamonds have not been a girl's best friend in recent years, as millennials have preferred "fitness and travel" to "materialistic items" according to an author from Independent.

2. Applebee's

Wait, there's more! Not only are we ruining Applebee's, but Buffalo Wild Wings has also fallen victims to struggling profit margins due to us young folk. I guess millennials just don't visit these chain restaurants enough.

3. Fabric softener

Did you know that we not only pass up on fabric softener but have no idea how to use it? This idea, pointed out by P&G's President of Global Fabric Care, is the reason for the product's declining sales, apparently. Silly millennials! Fabric softener is for adults!

4. JCPenney

You may have heard about department stores like JCPenney and Macy's whose sales have been struggling for the past few years. For one thing, there are cheaper clothing outlets millennials choose to shop, and the online aspect certainly is not helping the posh department stores.

5. Movie Theaters

This does not surprise me too much, as TV and movie streaming services are surviving and thriving. Although, movies with typically teenage and young adult demographics such as superhero movies and YA book adaptations, I don't see the theaters leaving anytime soon.

6. Cruises

You might be thinking, this makes sense; I don't have money for a cruise with all of my student debt, but believe it or not cruise lines learned to rapidly shift their focus on millennials so much so that the Uniworld Boutique River Cruise is launching a millennials-only cruise ship.

I can already hear the angry complaints of baby boomers.

7. Sitcoms

A Refinery29 article asks, "Did Millennials Kill the Hangout Sitcom?" As much as we reference shows such as "Friends" or "How I Met Your Mother," we don't hang out like those characters do. Instead of coffee shops and bars holding conversations, we're all just on our phones. Those darn kids and their cell phones, just talk to each other! Haven't heard that one before.

8. Grocery stores

Grocery lists? What are those? It turns out millennials just aren't visiting the grocer as much, according to a recent Gallup poll. Online shopping that gives us everything from snack boxes to meals delivered to your home seems to be the go-to for young people. It turns out we've left those stores in the dust as well.

9. Napkins

Yes, napkins. Mallory Schlossberg from Business Insider observes the generation's lackluster interest in the napkin who instead go for paper towels.

10. Yogurt

Not yogurt too! Millennials want more organic, low-calorie and high protein. Light yogurt that was once popular in past decades just isn't doing it for this generation. How dare we ask for healthier yogurt.

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5 Reasons Why Black People Are Still Broke

Change needs to come.

According to statistics from The State of Working America, African Americans made up about 12 percent of the population in the United States in 2015. They are also among the poorest races, with 27.5 percent of them living in poverty.

What's even more disturbing is that 45.6 percent of black children aged 6 and under live in poverty.

Essentially every other black kindergarten student is living in a home where the income is below what the government sees as necessary to live. Unfortunately, this trend continues for generations of black people and I believe that I know five important reasons as to why this race is so impoverished.

1. Black people spend more money than they make.

African Americans over the age of 18 make up 39 percent of Master Card holders. Of that 39 percent, many spend their limit monthly and seldom have the money to pay the balance in full at the end of the month. Essentially black people are spending money that they don't have and won't have at the end of the month. This trend of building never-ending debt is partially why their poverty numbers are so high.

2. Black people don't support black businesses.

Every race with the exception of black people seems to support the businesses of their own. Being an entrepreneur is one of the most popular ways to make high residual income. Black people buy products from brands such as Jordan, Louis Vuitton, and Ralph Lauren at an alarming rate.

The prices of these brands are very expensive, however, those same black people would cringe at the thought of paying $20 for a black-owned clothing product saying, "It's too expensive."

The question here would be is the product too expensive or not "renowned enough?"

3. Black people don't save their money.

As soon as black people get a huge chunk of money or their tax refund it appears that they all flock to the nearest high-end fashion spot to splurge. Seldom do black people save their funds or invest them into things that will last or that could make them more money down the line.

According to The State of Working America, black people spend 4 percent more money annually than any other race despite the fact that they are the least represented race and the race that lives in poverty at the highest rate. There's a clear problem, so read that sentence again and let it marinate.

4. Black people don't know how to invest.

If you ask many black people aged 18-25 it should not come as a surprise that investing in stocks or buying bonds is a foreign concept. Many young black people work and spend their money on items that either decrease in value after being bought or are not sustainable. Cars and sneakers are prime examples of such things.

5. Black people aren't working toward getting out of poverty.

Even after reading this article there are many black people that will not work towards changing their situation. After centuries of slavery, black people must realize that they are behind with regards to having generational wealth.

Black people must fight to create the wealth where they will have trust funds for their children or wealth that can be passed down. Too many black people tend to only worry about themselves and the money that they have in the moment. As a race, black people need to build for the future and get out of that mindset of the now.

Wealth is not everything, however, it has been proven that with it, you get better educational opportunities and a better environment for children to develop and go on to become well-functioning members of society. There are the Jay-Z's and P. Diddy's of the world but they are far and few in comparison with how most black people live.

Change needs to come, black people, this is something we have control over so no more excuses.

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