The awkward generation - New York News

The awkward generation

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Do you find yourself saying the wrong thing at the wrong time? Are you always sweaty? Can't eat a meal without dumping sauce on your shirt? Get stuck with no umbrella in a freak rainstorm on your way to work? Don't know what to do with your hands ... ever? Well, if so, according to a new study, chances are good you're a millennial -- ages 18 to 32.

"You are definitely the most awkward generation," Wakefield Research partner Nathan Richter said.

Richter conducted a study on feeling comfortable, for the footwear company Crocs. He found millennials (of the 1,000 people studied) far more likely than any other age group to panic in a social situation and then either lie or blame someone else or even fake a phone call to deal with it.

"This manifests itself everywhere," Richter said, "at home, in the workplace, in our personal relationships with family, friends and significant others."

The millennials Fox 5 found didn't seem terribly surprised by Richter's findings. They listed defense mechanisms matching those from Nathan's study (apologizing repeatedly, going silent or making jokes, to name a few) and even got uncomfortable when we asked them to recall the time they felt most uncomfortable.

But as to why they -- or we -- feel this way so often? Well, the study tried to answer that as well.

"[Millennials] are a little less comfortable in their skin," Richter said. "We saw that in their personal relationships. We saw it even physically. Maybe they'll grow out of it."

The Greatest Generation saved the world from tyranny and then built this nation into a world power. The Baby Boomer Generation fostered culture, love and equality. But as for that Millennial Generation? Well, apparently, we're just awkward.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Report: Joan Rivers on slow road to recovery

    Report: Joan Rivers on slow road to recovery

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:08:01 GMT

    Hollywood icon Joan Rivers, 81, is reportedly on a slow road to recovery after she went into cardiac arrest at a New York City doctor's office. Rivers remains in serious condition at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, according to her daughter, Melissa Rivers.  Doctors were expected to slowly remove Rivers from a medically-induced coma on Tuesday to asses her brain functionality.

    Hollywood icon Joan Rivers, 81, is reportedly on a slow road to recovery after she went into cardiac arrest at a New York City doctor's office. Rivers remains in serious condition at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, according to her daughter, Melissa Rivers. Doctors were expected to slowly remove Rivers from a medically-induced coma on Tuesday to asses her brain functionality.

  • Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:33:28 GMT
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

  • $2.4B Revel casino shuts down after just 2 years

    $2.4B Revel casino shuts down after just 2 years

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:47 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:47:40 GMT
    Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Revel Entertainment)Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Revel Entertainment)
    Revel Casino Hotel closed its doors Tuesday morning, a little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market.
    Revel Casino Hotel closed its doors Tuesday morning, a little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market. The 5:25 a.m. casino shutdown followed the closure of its hotel on Monday. By mid-September, four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos will have closed, but none will be a costlier failure than Revel.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices