At this point it's beginning to seem as if certain sectors of the media and the captains of industry, or whatever, are straight-up trolling.
First, it was everyone in a quandary for like two years as to why the job market was so strong but wages haven't been rising, an issue even the Fed Chairman called "a puzzle" according to NPR, while everyone in American simultaneously yelled at their radios, "IT'S BECAUSE CORPORATIONS REFUSE TO RAISE WAGES." (Wages finally did begin rising in September, by small gains.)
Now, these trolls with economics degrees are tackling a new "puzzle": Boy oh boy these millennials sure do like to freelance and how come and for why is that I do wonder?!
Well good news! Business magazine Fast Company has found the answers!
Millennials are now the largest demographic in the American workforce, and they’re increasingly deciding to freelan… https://t.co/ZYLLtg2lkY— Fast Co. Ideas (@Fast Co. Ideas)1545795600.0
It's a decision, you see! Millennials are choosing, en masse, to chart their own courses, in numbers never before seen! Here's a quote about it, that is really quite poetic!
"Americans are redefining the American Dream for the 21st century. Sure, we've ditched the farms, fields, and plows for co-working spaces, Wi-Fi, and laptops. But we've kept the perseverance, self-reliance, and freedom to chart our own futures."
Isn't that inspiring?!?!?!!!11!!!!! America, am I right! *hits play on the national anthem*
There's just one tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiny sticking point though, and that's that this is the most preposterous heap of malarkey ever perpetrated on the American people. (Okay, I'm hyperbolizing, that's probably more like the Flint water crisis or Donald Trump's entire existence or something, but still.)
The article, and the study it covers, mentions reasons like "Freelancing has gone mainstream" which boils down to, "Woweewow A LOT MORE people are freelancing nowadays, must be the new thing!" Which is conjecture, not science, and doesn't answer the question at hand, and is extremely dumb.
No mention of job insecurity, wage stagnation, or how part of the reason unemployment is so low is because people are working--that is, freelancing--at two or three "gig economy" jobs at a time to stay afloat. Just, lots of people are doing it, and they like the "lifestyle," and also computers exist so why not?!
That's the crux of the article. Unsurprisingly, this "study" was commissioned by freelance gig-search platform Upwork and the Freelancers Union, two organizations you might say have a vested interested in making this whole freelance thing sound as shiny as possible.
Anyway, folks on the internet--of all stripes, not just "millennials"--were no more impressed by this nonsensical article than this writer, and were absolutely not having it:
@FastCoIdeas “decided”— Mike Gianella (@Mike Gianella)1545839231.0
Here, Let Me Fix That Headline For You: Millennials are now the largest demographic in the American workforce, and… https://t.co/5Pkw8KR6MF— Stephen Whitty (@Stephen Whitty)1545853999.0
"Deciding to freelance" sure is a funny way of spelling "navigating a job market that has eliminated pensions, affo… https://t.co/wjMfxV30ye— Eric Atcheson-better cheap scotch than cheap grace (@Eric Atcheson-better cheap scotch than cheap grace)1545839124.0
What an interesting way of saying after decades of both major political parties letting corporations drive huge wag… https://t.co/1gmiofO1sC— Michael Arceneaux (@Michael Arceneaux)1545853309.0
@FastCoIdeas Fast Co. Ideas in 1942: The young are increasingly deciding on military careers— Wild Geerters (@Wild Geerters)1545852177.0
Many employers: * require degrees that aren't vital * expect expert (8+ yrs) experience at entry (1-3 yrs) salary… https://t.co/SvuJTfXifT— Allison Babka📰💻⌨🗒🖋 (@Allison Babka📰💻⌨🗒🖋)1545840193.0
You "decide" to freelance like you "decide" to get a root canal. https://t.co/KSoTdVwAtS— Alisha Grauso (@Alisha Grauso)1545849700.0
people who don’t have to freelance love to romanticize freelancing — the actual truth is that making a living as a… https://t.co/30QXWSlGVT— Shea Serrano (@Shea Serrano)1545838688.0
Yup. I "decided" to freelance cause I love panicking about making rent every month or how much I adore how every ti… https://t.co/Btw22J7ryb— Yolanda Machado (@Yolanda Machado)1545854095.0
This may be too personal but I have a nice career and nice people to advocate for my work but still every day I wor… https://t.co/2pTH9J4sKV— Lindsey Adler (@Lindsey Adler)1545845520.0
I decided to freelance 14 years ago for a lot of reasons (lifestyle mostly but also I like running my own business)… https://t.co/idzRGlJV3X— Jen A. Miller (@Jen A. Miller)1545846073.0
The life of a freelancer: 40% begging to be paid 10% shuffling to the mailbox only to discover it’s empty..no cheq… https://t.co/X0Xev7EzuF— Abby Langer Nutrition (@Abby Langer Nutrition)1545834569.0
I look back on my freelancing days and while I enjoyed the “freedom,” it was one of the most stressful times of my… https://t.co/FvGIZkKhnl— William Ketchum III (@William Ketchum III)1545842836.0
Anyway, looking forward to the forthcoming Fast Company article about a McDonald's study finding that people are increasingly choosing fast-food work because hamburgs are num-nums! Economics!