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Millennials and social-media mavens are painting their walls white to make their home interiors look better on Instagram and amass more followers. While white walls may be popular from an aesthetic standpoint, they also might be the only option for young renters with strict leases.
Contributor Mark Regnerus believes that the primary driver behind declining marriage rates among young adults is the “cheapening” of sex. While it’s true that it has become easier (and more socially acceptable) than ever to find a sexual partner without getting married, this explanation is a nonstarter, since Millennials have also been bringing down rates of sexual activity.
Gen-X contributor Rosa Silverman marvels at Millennial teetotalers and light drinkers. In contrast to Silverman’s own formative years, during which “everyone I knew was binge-drinking weekly by 14,” today’s young adults are more interested in living healthy lives than getting wasted.
Fully 33% of Millennial homebuyers were influenced more by their dogs than marriage or children when purchasing their first home. As birthrates and marriage rates continue to stall, Millennials are choosing to spend more time (and money) keeping their furry “family members” happy.
Contributor Steve Rose argues that Netflix’s Friends from College nails the key attribute of the Gen-X midlife crisis: that they just can’t grow up. He makes a solid point: Many Xers have spent their lives slacking, loafing around, and generally trying to avoid becoming their drab elders—only to have age sneak up on them.
Columnist Alex Williams contends that America has transformed from “Prozac Nation” into the “United States of Xanax.” He’s correct to point out that the downbeat, disinterested experience of Gen-X young adults has given way to the anxiety-fueled, pressure-ridden lifestyle of Millennials.