20 Things You’re (Probably) Accusing Millennials Of, but Shouldn’t Be

Ephraim Obare
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Welcome to the millennial blame game! When the going gets tough, it’s quite the trend to point fingers at the avocado toast fan, the latte-sipping, Instagram-snapping millennial.

But hold onto your “OK Boomer” memes because we’re about to flip the script. Let’s dig through the 20 things you’ve probably accused millennials of, only to find out you’re barking up the wrong (not carbon-neutral) tree. So brace yourselves; it’s time to debunk some generational clichés!

Millennials are “Killing” Certain Industries

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While it’s true some industries, like traditional retail, are seeing decreased interest from millennials, it’s not due to any malicious intent. Millennials are simply adapting to new technological advancements and prefer online shopping.

Millennials are Lazy

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Contrary to belief, data from the Pew Research Center suggests that among Millennials, nearly four in ten (39%) of those aged 25 to 37 have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

In comparison, only 15% of the Silent Generation, roughly a quarter of Baby Boomers, and about three in ten Gen Xers (29%) had attained the same level of education at their age. Quite a difference, isn’t it?

Millennials are Job-hoppers

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Millennials have been branded with the title of job-hopping generation. The truth is millennials tend to stay in a job if it’s providing them with personal growth and development opportunities; when the demands of their current role no longer challenge them or offer critical career-building experience, they move on to find a better fit.

This has led to a perception that they are constantly changing jobs when many want an opportunity to level up professionally.

Millennials are Not Buying Homes

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With student loan debt averaging around $30,000 per borrower, millennials are prioritizing financial stability over homeownership.

However, National Association of Realtors statistics show millennials took the lead as the largest generation of home buyers in 2022, making up a whopping 28% of buyers.

Millennials are Ruining Marriages

 

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According to a recent analysis by the Pew Research Center, today’s young adults place a higher importance on parenthood than marriage. It’s an intriguing shift in attitudes that reflects changing societal values.

Millennials Can’t Save Money

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Did you know that a whopping 78% of Millennial workers are actively saving for retirement? That’s right! Whether through a 401(k) or a similar plan or outside the workplace, they take charge of their financial future.

And get this: they kick-started their savings journey at the age of 25 (median). Those who participate in a 401(k) or similar plan contribute an impressive 12% (median) of their annual pay. Talk about smart money moves!

Millennials Have Short Attention Spans

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Millennials are a restless bunch. They’re used to being exposed to lots of information, so they have shorter attention spans than other generations.

This is why any brand or message sent their way needs to be concise and easy to follow if it wants to engage them. Ensure your product stands out in design, packaging, and price points to get their attention.

Millennials are Selfish

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The Case Foundation’s Impact Report found that 84% of millennial employees made a charitable donation in 2014, shattering the “self-centered” stereotype.

Millennials are All Digital Junkies

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Yes, millennials are digital natives, but a study by the U.S. Postal Service found that millennials also appreciate and engage with direct mail.

Did you know that almost 90% of Millennials actually enjoy receiving and reading direct mail content? And here’s something even more interesting: 57% of them take action on the offers they receive!

Millennials Don’t Care about Privacy

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While they share more online, 70% of millennials worry about privacy and data security.

Millennials are Not Politically Engaged

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It may surprise some, but several surveys found that millennials are actually more politically engaged than people believed.

Millennials Don’t Read

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A study by Pew Research found that nearly half of Americans, around 43%, immerse themselves in the world of books daily, joining the ranks of older adults.

In the past year, 88% of individuals under 30 have embarked on literary journeys, while 79% of those aged 30 and above have done the same.

Millennials are Fitness Freaks

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While millennials tend to value health and wellness, not every millennial is a gym rat.

Millennials are All Entrepreneurs

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Millennials are often portrayed as digital-savvy and entrepreneurial, but the truth is that not all millennials are entrepreneurs. Some prefer to be employed.

Millennials are Unhappy

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The truth is that Millennials are complex and diverse individuals who have their own unique experiences and perspectives.

Millennials are Anti-Social

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With the rise of social media, millennials are simply socializing differently. Recent data from YouGov reveals an intriguing finding: Millennials frequently experience higher levels of loneliness than their Gen X and Baby Boomer counterparts.

Millennials Don’t Value Education

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As mentioned earlier, more millennials have college degrees than previous generations, indicating a high regard for education.

Millennials are Not Loyal to Brands

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A survey by Adroit Digital found that 64% of millennials are more brand-loyal or as brand-loyal as their parents.

Millennials Don’t Cook

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A report from Mintel found that 60% of millennials feel confident in the kitchen and enjoy cooking.

Millennials are Dependent on Parents

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This is also another fallacy. Millennials depend on their independent skills and struggle to make a living daily.

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Millennials, also known as Generation Y, were born between the early 1980s and the late 1990s. This generation’s unique characteristics and habits have gained much attention recently. One of the most prominent factors about millennials is their impact on businesses. With digitalization and technological advancements, this generation has changed how businesses operate and interact with customers.

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20 Things Baby Boomers Did As Kids That Gen Z Generation Know Nothing About

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There’s no denying that Baby Boomers had a very different childhood compared to the digitally-obsessed Gen Z. Let’s take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and revel in the things that Baby Boomers did as kids that Gen Z might find as ancient as the dinosaur age.

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They’ve been called the “me, me, me” generation, accused of killing everything from diamonds to department stores, and let’s not even get started on their avocado toast obsession.

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Baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 have often labeled millennials as the “worst generation”—entitled, tech-obsessed, and fundamentally antisocial. However, it’s high time for a generational reality check.

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Generation X is the crowd that’s always been too cool for school and too vintage for the mainstream. Sandwiched between the ever-vocal Boomers and the ultra-digitized Millennials, they often feel like the overlooked middle child of generations. But why does this group, born between Woodstock and the Walkman, often fly under the radar?

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    Ephraim Obare is a versatile member of the Frenz Hub writing team, bringing a rich background in economics to his work. An avid swimmer, reader, and cyclist, Ephraim blends analytical insights with his diverse interests.

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