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“What an unexpected treat!”: The darker side of why millennials revel in cancelled plans

Behind viral tweets revelling in time alone is an uncomfortable truth: millennials struggle to have, and keep, friends. So what's going on?

By Marie Le Conte  

Not content with killing the diamond industry and housing, millennials are now killing the concept of "friends". Photo: Prospect composite

We millennials have killed many things; long lunches, diamonds, mayonnaise, take your pick. It is our way: we see something the generations before us liked and, mercilessly, we throw our heads back, laugh and put an end to it.

Well. Something along those lines. Often, stories about selfish and weird young people no longer enjoying parts of what society gladly offered them hides a sadder, more structural issue.

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