2 Unique Millennial and Generation Z Relationship Challenges
We all know the stereotypes when it comes to Millennials. In fact, there are a plethora of things we’re blamed for when they don’t work out.
Seriously, just Google “Millennials are responsible for…” and you’ll get a ton of hits on a variety of things. While some of it is an exaggeration, there are things that are unique to our generation. Unfortunately, two of these things can affect our future relationships if we’re not careful about them.
What are these two issues and what can you do about them? Read on!
1. Be honest about your debt.
Finding a millennial who isn’t up to their eyeballs in student or consumer debt is like finding a white stag – rare and to be protected at all times. Okay, I’m kidding on that last part but it’s truly hard to find someone who doesn’t have any type of debt.
Before things get too serious, be upfront about the debt you do have. If you’re paying them off and have a ballpark estimate about when you’ll be done, share it. If you don’t know, let them know.
With the prevalence of debt amongst our generation, many Millennials choose to settle down despite of it. Some choose to help their spouses pay them off, while others would rather the borrower take care of it. Other Millennials would also rather wait until both parties have no debt before choosing to marry.
Since every person is different, it’s best to talk about this when things get serious. Remember that finances are amongst the top (if not the top) reasons for such a high divorce rate and that’s a statistic we don’t want to be a part of!
2. Talk about your social media sharing limits.
Not every millennial and Generation Z-er bares their soul on social media. While some of us older Millennials remember a time before smartphones and social media, no one can deny the tight grip they have on the vast majority of us.
Even so, not every person feels the same when it comes to what is shared to virtual strangers. Some people – like most of the celebrity culture – love to talk about everything that’s going on in their lives, dating life included. Others prefer to keep certain things – like their private lives – to themselves.
Before even considering going “Facebook official” (is this still a thing?), have a talk about what you do and don’t want to share online regarding your relationship. Personally, I’m on team “it stays between you, me, and God” but that’s my own personal preference.
If you both agree to be completely open about every aspect of your relationship, go for it. If not, that’s perfectly fine, too. Just make sure you’re both on the same page to avoid any conflicts in the future.
While you don’t have to talk about these two issues when you’re just getting to know someone, you may consider bringing them up when you start becoming exclusive. The sooner you can sort through these two unique challenges, the smoother your relationship may be in the long run.