I'm Anne Helen Petersen, and I'm here to talk about millennial burnout. AMA!
I've been an academic and a professor, a writer for BuzzFeed News, a nanny, and a bagel shop worker. I'm an Elder Millennial [born in 1981] and I've also been burnt out for most of my adult life — but I didn't realize it until a year and a half ago, when I wrote a essay for BuzzFeed about "the burnout generation" that was read by over seven million people. I spent the last year expanding that essay by talking to hundreds of millennials from across the country, reading a boatload of history, and thinking through how we came to think of ourselves as walking resumes who can't figure out how to have hobbies that we don't monetize and feel like we should be working all the time. The final product is Can't Even, which is out today — but I can't wait to talk more about your own burnout, about pandemic burnout, and whether Gen-Z can figure out a way to avoid following the same path. (I also write a newsletter that grapples with a lot of these issues on a weekly basis — you can check it out here, and follow me on Twitter here ).