Would you rather; a house of smashed avocado on toast?
We’re discussing millennial spending habits, at Harper Morgan English, this week after an article by Australian writer Bernard Salt went viral for claiming that millennials would be able to afford houses if they didn’t eat out so often. In this comment piece , Nick Connellan does the math on Salt’s accusation. Nick points out that although the cost of eating out does add up to a lot, saving this money would not mean that 18 – 35 year olds would be able to buy property. Salt made the accusation that millennials are too lazy to cook for themselves, which Nick challenges by saying that eating out is more of a social activity than only to eat.
So, here are some points to consider;
First off, if you’re 18 – 35, how often do you eat in cafés or restaurants? What is the main reason you go to these places? Lack of time, laziness or to get away from home? Does going out always involve spending money?
Secondly, should young people be more concerned about saving money? Is it wrong for 18 – 35 year olds to want to enjoy restaurants, concerts, foreign trips? Do you think that young people spend their money carelessly? Moreover, is it fair to comment on other people’s spending habits?
With every new generation there are new cultural norms, social habits and life goals. So, is it right to compare one generation to another. Nick points out that the cost of a house in the mid-70s and the cost of one now differs greatly, so why should the expectations be the same?
We’re looking forward to hearing what you think about avocado toast! Comment, share and join the conversation.
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