By KATHRYN JONES
1. You tell your friends you know how to cook but in reality, you can only make the simple stuff: A GENYU survey on cooking ability revealed that 52 percent of millennials know how to cook at least one dish, excluding microwavable meals. Jenna McMarrow, 22, cooks every day, but admits to she cannot make anything more complex than pasta, rice, and salads.
2. You had trouble admitting that, but then you thought, “Can I even make a chicken breast?” Even pasta sounds complicated: “I have no clue how to cook a chicken breast. I was talking to my friends and the only thing I probably could be able to do would be like a pancake or grilled cheese, period. A salad,” said Kendall Hart, a 22-year-old college senior who eats out so much that he never bothered with cooking lessons.
3. But you rarely ever cook: The millennial lifestyle doesn’t allow for much time for Martha Stewart, Emeril, and Rachel Ray. On average, millennials cook fewer than five times a week, reported a 2014 Ypulse survey, and their main source of sustenance are restaurants, take-out, and pre-prepared meals.
4. Which is why probably why you haven’t gotten around to grocery shopping.
5. You go to brunch solely for the reason of going to brunch: “Yesterday, my friend and I took my sister out to brunch because she’s visiting, and the brunch experience in New York is something people definitely do, and I wanted to show my sister that time,” said 22-year-old New York University student Ethan Jacobs of Los Angeles.
6. And your crew has to come or long or else: A survey, conducted by management consulting firms Boston Consulting Group, Barkley, and Service Management Group, reported that 65 percent of millennials typically eat out with friends and colleagues.
7. In between conversations about what you binge-watched on Netflix last night, you think about things like the décor.
8. You’re willing to try anything or even most things on the menu: “Dining out is a way for them to socialize with friends or others, to try new restaurants and new, unique foods and beverages,” said Anne Mills, consumer research manager at Technomic Inc. who attributed the growing diversity and technological advances linking millennials to new cultures as an explanation for why young adults are so experimental when it comes to eating.
9. You’ve thought about where to get your next meal while reading this.