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Millennial Carolina Wong has advice to her peers who are stuck in dead-end jobs: Move back in with your parents. Wong, who herself boomeranged back to the nest to reset and now has a full-fledged career and a home of her own, says that, “If you have somebody who’s willing to help you, don’t be embarrassed by it.”
Contributor Kevyn Burger notes how Boomers without grandchildren have started doting on their “granddogs” instead. While this trend is certainly influenced by Millennials choosing to delay or forego parenthood, it also reflects the “pets are family” mentality Boomers have long promoted.
Contributor Ada Calhoun outlines the “new midlife crisis” for Gen-X women. She make several solid points: Xer women have more opportunities for professional growth than previous generations, but have been hit harder by financial pressures in their prime breadwinning years.
On Wednesday, Amazon launched a new program that lets parents give their kids a virtual “allowance” to spend on the site. Of course, these allowances come with strings attached: Parents have the option of viewing—and vetoing—their kids’ purchases.
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.
Hyundai’s new “Shopper Assurance” program provides car buyers with a three-day money back guarantee, transparent pricing, and streamlined purchasing. Facing an industry-wide slowdown, Hyundai hopes that revamping the car-buying experience will be enough to boost sales.
A new paper suggests that declining U.S. male labor force participation is a supply problem brought on by a rise in inactive prime-age men. Compared to previous generations, Xer and Millennial men have fewer qualms about being out of the labor force if they have another reliable source of income, such as a working spouse or a parent.
Ski resorts are experiencing a troubling trend: More Boomers are retiring from the slopes and fewer Millennials are taking their place. While Boomers don’t mind spending hundreds of dollars on a ski resort getaway, cost-conscious Millennials eschew luxury resorts in favor of cheaper, more inclusive getaways.
Modular home builder MODS International is selling on Amazon a tiny home fashioned out of a 320-square-foot shipping container. Such products are a testament to Millennials, who have been known to skimp on personal space in favor of cost savings.
North Dakota’s Gen-X population rose 7.7% from 2010 to 2016, the biggest Xer increase of any state. With robust job growth thanks to a booming oil and gas industry, North Dakota is a natural fit for Xers looking to grow their balance sheets.
Gen-X contributor Reuben Levy memorializes Tom Petty, whose death he says is a huge loss for Generation X. A Boomer by birth, Petty’s relatable brand of down-on-your-luck rock and roll made him an icon for countless hardscrabble Xers as well.
The Smartbe “intelligent” stroller costs over $3,000, has smartphone connectivity, and claims to drive itself. While this may seem like overkill to older consumers, Millennial parents could be convinced that a battery-powered electric stroller is worth the price of keeping their young Homelander children safe.
Boomer Columnist Jim Camden comments on a recent study showing that his generation has always been more polarized than Millennials. While Camden originally assumed that the Internet has fostered political polarization, he comes to the (correct) conclusion that “cranky old people are responsible for polarization.”
Cadillac’s new “Super Cruise” semi-autonomous hardware lets the car do the driving—as long as the driver is still paying attention. The device, which admonishes drivers who look away from the road for more than six seconds, is yet another example of the mixed messaging of so-called “self-driving” features that still require a human driver.
New research shows that more people are leaving the Washington, D.C. metro area than arriving for the first time since the Great Recession, a trend spearheaded by Millennials. But who can blame cash-strapped Millennials for trying to get more bang for their buck in cheaper cities?
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.
Fully 71% of Millennials visit multiple stores to find the best deals, compared to only 57% of Boomers. Rattled by the recession and student loan debt, Millennials aren’t afraid to pinch pennies to save a few bucks.