Are millennials causing society's downfall? If you asked a baby boomer, the answer is probably a resounding yes. Any non-millennial will agree that millennials are murderers. They are killing industries with their newfangled technology and ethically sourced, all-natural knives. Don't forget the fact that they're all so busy spending all their money on avocado toast that they can't really buy anything else, either - much less a home.
To baby boomers, millennials are wild cards who shoulder massive student debt while ditching the traditional nine-to-five jobs. If you've owned a house since you were the ripe old age of 27, there's no way you'd possibly relate to the fact that minimum wage hasn't increased with inflation. You're one of the oldies who could afford college on a part-time salary, so you wouldn't understand truths about millennials.
Due to the differences in economy and society from the 20th to the 21st century, baby boomers and millennials have a hard time seeing eye-to-eye. In fact, there are tons of times when older generations wrongly blame millennials. However, this list outlines the times when baby boomers are right - millennials are killing certain industries and fads. Here are all the things millennials are burying out back – from fabric softener to breastaurants. Baby boomers only: vote up the best things that millennials are killing.
The Real Estate Industry
It's not a secret that millennials aren't buying homes. Whether it's the fact that they spend all of their cash on avocado toast and five-dollar Starbucks lattes, or the fact that they're underpaid and have massive student loan debt is up for debate.
Either way, only a third of millennials are homeowners (the same amount of millennials who also live with mom and dad). This 2016 statistic is the lowest rate that homeownership has seen since the '60s.
Ever feel like every millennial dude is a fuccboi? Probably because they are. Millennials are apparently killing relationships. According to research conducted by Gallup, only 16% of millennials were married and 14% were living with their significant others in 2014. The rest of them were apparently running around in sin and swiping Tinder.
The mark of a strong man or woman is a strong handshake. That is, unless you're a millennial who doesn't subscribe to baby boomers' weird social mores. According to the Journal of Hand Therapy, millennials have significantly weaker handshakes than their counterparts in the '80s.
It shouldn't be surprising that millennials just aren't feeling traditional nine-to-five workdays. With technology, they can log-in from anywhere (and they definitely, definitely do). Roughly 84% of millennials are "always connected" and continue to check their work emails long after their work hours. About 77% of millennials feel a flexible work schedule allows them to be more productive.
So, they're definitely not working less (how could they, when they're generally paid less than baby boomers were at their age?), but millennials are blurring the lines of work and home life.