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Who Cares How Millennials Date One Another?
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You do, that’s who. But why? I don’t get it.

The Boston Globe published a story Friday about one Boston College professor’s effort to “revive the lost art of dating.” The prof, bless her good intentions, is offering extra credit to students that go on real face to face dates, brought about by an in-person proposal. She wants students to forgo the smart phone generation’s preferred course of romantic interaction, which is apparently to smash genitals with strangers, and instead employ the bygone practice of courtship, in all its yawn-and-stretch-and-drape-that-arm-over-her-shoulder glory. More

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Whether Massachusetts legalizes pot will depend on the youth vote
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It’s been a while since politicians talked seriously about the priorities of young people. It’s unfair: campaigns rely on us to sign petitions, like pages on Facebook, and knock on doors in New Hampshire, but none of that translates into us being considered a viable political constituency. The reason is we don’t vote. And because we don’t vote, we don’t get to sit at the big boy’s table.

But what happens if an issue comes along that has the possibility of capturing young people’s attention, and in the process, turns us into a powerful voting bloc? Friday, the state awarded the first 20 licenses to open medical marijuana dispensaries, the next big step in Massachusetts’ flirtation with full-on legalization. And now, the pro-weed lobbying groups are preparing for their push to get a ballot question on the issue by 2016. The next two years will be interesting, as America’s quintessential nanny-state will have to look itself in the mirror and decide if it will abide legal, recreational marijuana use. Whether or not that happens will depend largely on the youth vote. More

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Spoiler alert: I got a sneak peek at ‘Girls’ Season 3
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Lena Dunham is my hero. Sure, sometimes her Twitter feed surpasses the appropriate level of self-indulgence, and I almost always hate what she’s wearing, but these are not important things in the long run of pop idolatry. I love Lena Dunham because she is nothing but her totally fucked-up, super creative, and unabashedly un-adult self all the time, and her show totally embodies her entire weird personality. This woman will write herself wildly embarrassing (and probably based on real life) roles and scenes, subsequently kick ass acting them out and successful direct her fellow actors. It’s inspiring. She’s a creative genius. Don’t argue with me. Last night, I got a sneak peek at Season 3 of “Girls.” I’ll do my best not to spoil it. More

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Millennials may disappoint their parents, but not charities
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Given the deluge of recent articles slamming my generation, positive studies like the Millennial Impact Report are a relief. We’ve been called idle, iPhone-addicted failures, uninterested in getting married, procreating, or moving out of our childhood bedrooms. The University of Chicago labeled us “slacktivists” only interested in giving a charity organization’s Facebook page a “Like,” and not truly invested in social change or justice. Disappointed? That’s where the Millennial Impact Report comes in. According to its data, 83 percent of millennials gave to charities or 503(c) non-profits in 2013, and 52 percent surveyed wanted to commit to monthly donations. More

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Weren’t Millennials supposed to get married later?
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When one of my close friends from college told me she was getting engaged reality bitch-slapped me across the face. Married? Jesus, at 24, I’m lucky if the guy willingly springs for a draft beer. Increasingly, I see people around me pairing off, getting hitched, and inevitably creating a family soon after college. Within six months, I’ve heard of five different couples getting engaged. If that rate continues, 84 new couples will be taking the plunge over the next seven years. By then, I’ll be 32 and own five cats named after Kardashians. Wasn’t our generation looking to find jobs they didn’t hate and spend money they didn’t have for a couple years? Apparently not anymore. More