How millennials are rewarding their laziness with an absurd participation award

Stop bragging about "adulting." You do not deserve applause for accomplishing the basic tasks for existence.

Simple tasks don't warrant awards.
(Image credit: Photo Illustration by Jackie Friedman | Image courtesy iStock)

When I went away for college, I had never done a load of laundry by myself. It turns out it's not that hard — or, at least, that was my conclusion. One of the girls in my dorm thought otherwise.

She didn't want to carry her clothes to the laundry room, and her long-term solution to this conundrum was Febreze. Only visible stains could discourage her from endlessly marinating her clothes in alternating coats of sweat and the cloying scent of anti-odor spray. When she finally did make the trek to the laundry room, it was almost as if she expected some sort of applause. (She sometimes got it, but that was more about relief for her neighbors' noses than a measure of her accomplishment.)

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