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Even Fearless Millennials Secretly Fear These 17 Things ...

By Lyndsie

I am an old millennial and I am scared by some things. This generation gets so much flak about participation awards and entitlement and laziness and blah, blah, blah, but I see so many people from this generation and the next one who are so aware, so involved, and so passionate about their quest to make the world a better place. So many of us are absolutely fearless beneath all the stereotypes. Still, even the most fearless millennials are terrified by a few things … a few very special, very millennial things.

Table of contents:

  1. Moving back in with their parents for any length of time
  2. Answering a call from an unknown number
  3. Accidentally hitting “reply all” on a response only meant for one person
  4. Leaving a voicemail
  5. Or having to listen to one
  6. Liking a 6-month-old insta photo when you're creeping
  7. Getting included in a group test without your permission
  8. Making appointments themselves
  9. Talking to anyone on the phone, honestly
  10. Student loan debt
  11. Leaving their phone somewhere other than where they are at that moment
  12. The horror of a dead battery
  13. Going to the post office
  14. A complete and utter lack of wifi
  15. Getting a job to get experience when every job requires experience before they hire you
  16. Accidentally leaving their read receipts on
  17. Picking a major

1 Moving Back in with Their Parents for Any Length of Time

You tell everybody that it's just for a little while, just until you find a job, just until you get back on your feet, but you secretly fear that as soon as you return to your old childhood room, you'll be stuck there forever.

2 Answering a Call from an Unknown Number

It could be ANYBODY, but it's probably a debt collector … and honestly, that's even worse because debt collectors are terrible.

3 Accidentally Hitting “reply All” on a Response Only Meant for One Person

This is my nightmare, to the point where I obsessively check any emails where I'm talking smack.

4 Leaving a Voicemail

Talking to a machine is somehow more anxiety-inducing than talking to a real person and I don't understand it.

5 Or Having to Listen to One

To everyone who still leaves actual messages: just give me the bullets because I'm going to stop listening after ten seconds (unless you're a debt collector, and then I'm just going to delete it in a fit of terror and nerves).

6 Liking a 6-month-old Insta Photo when You're Creeping


7 Getting Included in a Group Test without Your Permission

All the notifications, all the pointless small talk, all the joy of being held hostage by people you thought were your friends.

8 Making Appointments Themselves

Appointments with the doctor, the dentist, the ophthalmologist … why is it so unnerving and scary and horrible?

9 Talking to Anyone on the Phone, Honestly

Talking on the phone is never fun and it is always awful.

10 Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt is terrifying and you are right to be afraid of it.

11 Leaving Their Phone Somewhere Other than Where They Are at That Moment

Tbh, I have a miniature breakdown when I go to the bathroom and leave my phone in the living room because what am I supposed to do, read the back of the shampoo bottle?

12 The Horror of a Dead Battery

I am not even ashamed of how much I need my phone to live, sorry 'bout it.

13 Going to the Post Office

I don't know why we hate this so much, but everyone I know has issues with going to the mailbox and mailing packages, which tells me that the post office needs drones, please.

14 A Complete and Utter Lack of Wifi

Say what you will, but this is legitimately scary.

15 Getting a Job to Get Experience when Every Job Requires Experience before They Hire You


16 Accidentally Leaving Their Read Receipts on

Unless the millennial in question is feeling petty, in which case this is perfectly acceptable.

17 Picking a Major

Because the odds are good that by the time you graduate, you won't be able to get a job in that field anyway.

My fellow millennials, young and old, what scares you the most?

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