I just saw both of those on Twitter today!
I don't have anything against casual dining but those are not casual dining places to me. They're chains. Besides the miracle that is In n Out - I don't really care for chains like Black Angus or Applebee's. There's like 5 of them in one city and they all serve the same thing and taste pretty much the same. That's pretty boring and they're not usually cheap eats. It's all meh food for a high price.
If I'm going out I'm not hankering for American. A lot of millennials like me go out for Japanese, Korean, Greek etc. My favorite is Ethiopian food - in fact I'm probably the only Chinese girl who knows how to make decent Ethiopian food around here hahaha.
But yeah, kids like us just prefer more exotic fare than our parents. My hubby's parents goes to Denny's & another local diner where they have country fried steak, jalapeno poppers, waffles etc. Good standard American fares. They don't eat Korean or Ethiopian food because that's just not what they're used to.
And the retail thing (Sears and Kmart) OK that's not OUR fault. It's just dumb to hold everything in a huge store when it can be store somewhere cheaper (cough cough, warehouses) and be shipped to you. How many millennials are living car free? I know if I didn't have Amazon...man I don't know. I'd be rolling around in my underpants scared for my next meal.
I actually like the second article, it's true. Millennials are definitely scarred from their experience. All I remember as an 18 year old was 1. recession 2. budget cuts 3. student loans. I didn't even understand the whole housing bubble thing except that it was the bank's fault and then they were bailed out etc. Not a great introduction to adulthood.