Young strivers see slacker friends as costly

"Every time the check arrives when I am out with my friend, he looks at me like it is not his problem," says Mike K., a 26-year-old bond trader in Chicago who asked not to be fully identified. Mike admits he is doing well financially, but not so well he can pick up tabs whenever he is with someone making less. "It is to the point where I feel I have to choose between friendship and money."

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