With the oldest millennials turning 40 this year, our Capri-sun and Harry Potter-fueled generation is officially turning into uncles and aunts. And although it’s hard (and honestly painful to wrap our head around) how little behind we are from boomers, the reality hits and sends you a cold shower—you’re no kid anymore.

So it’s time to reflect on our millennial childhood, which was basically just as surreal and somewhat hyperreal as playing The Sims for the first time. Being the first generation to grow up in the internet age, there were many weird things about the ways we were raised by our parents.

“Millennials of Reddit, what lie were you told growing up?” someone asked on r/AskReddit, sparking a hilarious and all too relatable thread on the level of absurdity we endured. Interestingly, some of the lies will surely hit close to home to kids from latter gens, proving that it may not be about the generation per se, but rather about the fundamental divide between children and parents.

#1

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable Money doesn’t buy happiness. Sorry folks. But in the world I’m currently living in, it absolutely does.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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10 months ago

It would certainly make life less stressful.

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#2

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable America is the best. It turns out we are ok in many things, but not the best, and in many areas we are not even ok.

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Thundercuss
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10 months ago

Just as being able to learn and accept the truth about oneself is vital to growth and understanding, the same is true for one's own country. Too many rabid so called "patriots" view any criticism or condemnation as anti-American. You can't make anything better until you admit what is wrong.

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#3

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable "You won't have a calculator everywhere you go."

Guess what Mrs. Diaz, I have a portable computer with access to the internet that fits in the palm of my hand.

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Grant Barke
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10 months ago

Rectangle of knowledge knows all.

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#4

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable You need to define yourself by your job. I wasn't told this directly but we live in a culture of dream jobs or people asking "what's your job" when they meet you. My work is cool but it's just work. My hobbies are what I define myself around.

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White Paper Tsuru
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10 months ago

Lucky me. I was raised knowing that "Some people live to work and some people work to live. There's nothing wrong with either as long as you choose it and know it." My mom is and was a wise person.

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#5

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable Be loyal to your company. They'll take care of you.

Also, follow your dreams, get a house with a yard, and you'll be able to retire.

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Sheena Catalina
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10 months ago

I like experiencing a lot of different places. I've already had more jobs than my mum.

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#6

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable "You'll regret spending so much time on that computer when you're older"

Nope.

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Buren
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10 months ago

I probably will regret everything when I am older

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#7

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable That going to college meant you could get a job

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Bandm Patt
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10 months ago

Wouldn't it be lovely if going to college was something one did simply because they desired higher learning? I'm Gen X and couldn't afford college so I started working right out of high school. After working my way up, I have the same high paying, mostly satisfying job as many, many uni graduates but I don't have any of that degree debt. While I don't have regrets per se, if I could do it all over again, I'd have chosen a trade. Electricians will ALWAYS be needed! ;)

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#8

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable Everyone in here is forgetting that WE WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE FLYING CARS BY NOW!

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Samantha Lomb
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10 months ago

My father was always deeply disappointed we didn't have flying cars like he was promised in the 1950s.

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#9

Being a good, ethical person will unlock doors. I only become a stepping stone for others.

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J P
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10 months ago

Being too nice…will make you resentful towards others at some point.

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#10

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable That some dude is gonna walk up to me and offer me free drugs.

WHERE THE [HELL] ARE MY FREE DRUGS GOD DAMMIT

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Evil Little Thing
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10 months ago

Yeah, drugs are expensive

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#11

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable "Most people on the internet are dangerous weirdos!"

Most people on the internet are really ordinary people.

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william mcgloin
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10 months ago

Isn't that kinda the same thing?

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#12

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable "It will all make sense when you're older." [Screw] that, everything makes even less sense. Now I'm older and expected to be independent and STILL don't understand half the sh*t I need to accomplish that successfully.

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Troux
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10 months ago

It all makes sense, but that doesn't mean it's sensible.

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#13

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable I was told that sex was a reward gifted by women to be bestowed upon deserving men. Growing up it was awkward (and incredibly embarrassing) to understand that women can enjoy and want sex just as much as men.

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RandomBeing
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10 months ago

The idea that guys would have sex with women even when they think women cant enjoy it makes me very uncomfortable

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#14

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"

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White Paper Tsuru
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10 months ago

Yeah. Those broken bones heal up well enough. Still in counselling for some of those words...

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#15

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable That if I don't have my life figured out by the time I'm 25 then I have some serious problems.

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Darko Pešić
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10 months ago

Wait untill you are 30+... Still figuring s**t out, cant really get engaged with a girl that i adore with every single molecule in my body becouse we cant afford to live togehter yet (she is currently uneployed), prices are waay up in my country, taxes are nightmare, paychek is the same for the past 5 years (barely to survive ffs), was told that if i study ill get awesome job LOOOL, politics is everything here - cant even say a word against the ruling party. Average person is f****d, i get deppresed for playing a video game before bed becouse i feel like i am not working that hour, i am wasting time doing something i enjoy and something that helps me cope with reality...

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#16

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable All guys will only want sex from you *all the time. Turns out that kind of thinking is harmful to a young woman's sexual-psychological development.

*Edit to add/specify that this also includes the idea that men are always "ready" to have sex at a moment's notice, and if they aren't, it obviously means there's something wrong with you (or them) or they're cheating (ridiculous, just because it's anecdotally true for some doesn't mean it's a certainty).

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White Paper Tsuru
Community Member
10 months ago

THIS!!!! I have absolutely internalized this! It's to the point where even if a guy I'm in a committed relationship with says he DOESN'T want standard sex (which I physically can't do without extreme pain) I can't believe him and I know I'm letting him down sexually. He can't possibly be happy/fulfilled with our relationship as a whole if he's not getting penis/vagina sex.

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#17

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable So many movies growing up have people going to college, finishing at like 21, and already being engaged and married immediately after. Then within like 2 years of working they're already buying a house with like 3 kids by 25.

Like Jesus Christ I'm 26 and just got engaged, only now getting a career in my field, and I'm still living at my parents after living away for like a year. Everything's just so damn expensive and there's just no money to be found. I can't imagine raising kids yet.

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Stephanie IV
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10 months ago

Much more normal timeframe in Europe. All of it.

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#18

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable "Student loans are normal, don't be afraid to go into debt for that out of state graduate degree"

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MyOpinionHasBeenServed
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10 months ago

In consumer math class we were actually told there is "good debt" and "bad debt". I now see it all as just debt that can cripple you for life.

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#19

That the government represented the views of the people.

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Ian Reynolds
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10 months ago

Hahahahahahahahahahahahah😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 tell me another one. Didn't realise this was for satire posts

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#20

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable In Finland, we were told that once the big age group born after WWII retires, there will be jobs everywhere, for everyone. That didn't happen. The number of open positions has remained stagnant for ten years while the unemployment rate is rising.

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Andy Acceber
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10 months ago

There's a problem with Boomers not retiring, not downsizing, not sharing leadership positions, etc. It's tough -- tough for both Boomers and Millenials. It's tough that in a lot of places, Boomers don't have the savings or social support network to be able to retire. It's tough that so many are caring for adult children who can't afford to live on their own. It's also tough that in many places, Millennials are being effectively barred from home ownership, political power, and good careers because the Boomers in those positions won't or can't step back.

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#21

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable Don't go into x y or z for the money, you'll end up hating it.

Motherf*cker the only reason I'm even considering career fields is for money. Bonus points if it's interesting, but literally everything gets reduced to a puddle of suck once you start doing it 40 hours per week. I would love to be the delusional sunshine day dream a**hole who comes to work because he likes it, but that just isn't me. Pay me well and I will perform slightly better than average work, and whisper sweet nothing since my ear and I might even stay a little longer than necessary sometimes. But make no mistake. I am only in it for the money. Once that's gone, so am I.

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Samantha Lomb
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10 months ago

Honestly I like my job. Doesn't even really feel like going to work. I know I am lucky

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#22

That this war is worth fighting for. Join the infantry!

Two theaters later and a sh*t ton of baggage. I've been to rehab and have weekly classes dealing with PTSD. Now I get to look back on my handiwork and see it was for nothing. Nothing has changed.

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CHRIS DOMRES
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10 months ago

That you are fighting to protect your country. The reality is you are only protecting the rich people's interests around the world, their investments and international corporations. Very rarely are armed forces use for good like to save people from ethnic cleansing atrocities.

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#23

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable That I could be anything I want if I put my mind to it...

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Otter
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10 months ago

I still want to be a lottery winner!

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#24

That I'm smart. I was smart, sure- for a kid. But as I've gotten older that's evened out significantly. I may know a lot of trivia and a lot about certain key subjects, but those are not actually marketable skills. So I work nights at a hotel and squeak by, living with my parents and racking up credit card debt to make ends meet.

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Kika González
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10 months ago

Work warehouse jobs for a little bit until you get to choose a little more. Thank me later

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#25

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable That turning on the lights in the car is illegal

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william mcgloin
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10 months ago

Never heard that one. I only heard you shouldn't because it's dangerous.

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#26

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable Get a Bachelor's Degree and you are set for life as far as a job/career is concerned.

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Aaron W
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10 months ago

The problem is, everyone else's parents told them the same thing. And when everyone has a degree, they aren't worth s*** anymore. Degrees used to be for people who had a genuine interest in something and wanted to pursue it - once it became the default setting, even for people who had no real interest in studying something, the wheat got lost in the chaff.

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#27

"you go to work, earn money, after 50 years you can be happily retired."

No, it doesn't work that way. Not anymore.

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White Paper Tsuru
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10 months ago

I have notice the 'age of retiring' is creeping up. Also, I'm sure they're going to push back the age to qualify for old age pension (Canadian) because we're living so much longer.

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#28

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable Be a doctor, lawyer or engineer and you will be happy and make lots of money.

I know so many underemployed lawyers that it's a little depressing. I don't know a single MD that isn't divorced (although I know a lot of happy DOs).

I do know a lot of happy, wealthy engineers though.

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NsG
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10 months ago

Probably because there weren't as many lawyers when the person giving this advice was younger, so they could charge more within what the market could sustain. Then everyone went to law school hoping to fit into that market, supply outstripped demand and lawyers don't earn as much any more because there are so many to choose from. Give it another decade and the engineers may face a similar glut of workers.

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#29

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable That receiving 'participation trophies' were our fault. No kid was out there demanding a trophy for losing. Some dumbass parent thought it would be nice for their kid to get a trophy so somehow this has become normal and everyone claims some 5 year old masterminded the whole thing.

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Samantha Lomb
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10 months ago (edited)

We did this at horse shows for the toddler ( leadline) classes cause the kids all enjoyed getting something and at that age don't really care about or understand placings. I remember a slightly older group maybe 8-9 year olds showing in hand and a little boy wanting to swap his pink 5th place ribbon with the green sixth place cause he liked green better. So yeah its def the parents who care more about winning than the kids when they are little.

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#30

Millennials Share 30 Lies They Were Told When Growing Up And They Are Totally Relatable My mom told me to plan to take care of her when she got old, because she wouldn't have retirement money saved up.

She died before I was out of the house.

Most everything else was great advice though:

"Get good grades, because we can't afford to pay for your college."

"Don't marry the first guy who asks, just because you're afraid no one else will."

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MyOpinionHasBeenServed
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10 months ago

You still have to pay for college with good grades.

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