For this inaugural TBR millennial essay contest, we asked readers to reflect on what it’s like to actually be a millennial.

We asked:

What do you millennials do? What’s it cost to be one? Why the current obsession with talking about you? Do you call your squeeze ‘bae’? Do you sleep with your cell phone (why or why not?) Do you hate us for asking? Are you going to actually write this essay for free? Why, or why not?

We got a wide variety of responses, mostly from women, with an unusual number of writers slightly obsessed with the web (obviously), with pop culture (as expected) and, strangely, with establishing themselves firmly as part of the genus and species: Millennial Homo sapiens.

Read the seven best responses below:

TBR 2015 Millennial Writing Contest

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