They're lazy, entitled, spoiled, unmotivated. Take your pick and chances are one, or more, of those criticisms have been hurled in your direction by someone who just doesn't get it, or you.
But what if they were wrong? What if most of what we've been told about millennials (born roughly between 1982-2004) is the opposite? What if someone could explain to you, well, "Why Millennials Don't Suck?" They can and they do in the first video in MTV's new "Rock Your Brain" series, in which Washington Post opinion writer Catherine Rampell blows these myths up.
"There are trends suggesting we're behind on a lot of these milestones," she says, pointing to data showing that the vast majority of millennials do, for instance, want to get married, but feel like it might be out of reach for them. "This very big force that was the Great Recession... really just threw a wrench in people's plans. If you graduated in 2008-ish your chances of getting hired and your chances of getting hired into a solid, stable career greatly fell."
Rampell has been documenting some of the issues facing millennials, including how many have moved back home because they can't afford to live on their own. According to recently released census data, the number of 18-24 year-old who've had to bunk with their parents went down in 2014 for the second consecutive year.
The fact is, anybody who is unlucky enough to graduate in a recession year has pretty much had the same problem reaching some of the life goals that previous generations aspired to. So chill, it's not the first time, or the last time, this has/will happen.
"There are a lot of young people out there who are doing their very best, they're working really hard,they're trying to get ahead and they're trying to achieve the American dream," Rampell, 30, says. "But they face a lot of headwinds."