They mean as in WORK, summer jobs, etc... Here's my theory. 1. Mommy and Daddy are providing. Still, for these kids. There's no pressure to work. 2. They have their smartphones, they have their cars. They are fed. See #1. 3. Have you tried working in a service industry? I'll give you a hint, you have to deal with people. A LOT of them. Nothing is worth that to me, less minimum wage. 4. These SAME teens are going to Fast-Food, increasing the stress on the workers. Wash, Rinse, Dry, repeat. P.S. This was the good ole days NY Times when they don't infuse Trump in to everything. A Fast-Food Problem: Where Have All the Teenagers Gone?