So What if Millennials Don’t Want to Unplug at Work?

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In a scene from the recent summer beach read “Love and Miss Communication”, a young millennial workaholic lawyer on the verge of partnership named Evie gets fired from her job for sending too many personal e-mails while at work.

Then she discovers, on Facebook, that the man of her dreams is very much in love with … someone else. And so she swears off the Internet for a year.

Needless to say, good things happen. But there’s a catch. Problems come with the things that don’t happen. For example, Evie misses a close friend’s party because she didn’t check Facebook. She grows increasingly isolated, and her friends feel insulted.

The urge for the first generation to come of age in the new millennium to stay connected is strong.

According to Boston Consulting Group, 37 percent of younger millennials (ages 18 to 24) said that they feel as if they are “missing something” if they are not on Facebook or Twitter every day, compared with 23 percent of non-Millennials.


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