Are you a millennial, or are you close to any of them? If so, then this list might ruffle a few feathers.
At the same time, it’s very easy in this modern world to blame millennials for the world’s troubles.
While folks might have some valid reasons behind this, we can’t state that one single generation has ruined everything.
However, there are certain things that can be blamed on millennials and the simultaneous growth of technology.
Here are 25 things Millennials Have Ruined …
Marriage is an institution that has been around for centuries. Although some millennials still follow this concept, many are holding off.
There are a variety of reasons why they are not quick to run to the altar.
Some want to explore life more while others are still looking for that “perfect” relationship they see on social media.
Many will attest that casual flings are not a new concept.
In the fast age of technological convenience, however, one can find pretty much anything with the push of a button.
It’s no surprise that many millennials are impatient with the thought of being committed to one person for the long haul.
Studies are showing that millennials are drinking less.
If they do drink, they opt for wine and liquor more than beer.
It may not be such a bad thing that alcohol consumption among young adults has gone down.
Hip Hop Music
There may be some backlash to this, but we’ll put it out there anyway.
Hip hop music, at one point, was about clever punchlines, catchy beats, and wordplay.
Then came the age of mumble rap. While some of these artists may have catchy beats, you need a print-out of the lyrics to understand the words.
Millennials are not hitting the open road on their motorcycles as much as their parents and grandparents did, back in the day.
For good reason: many millennials can’t afford to buy a motorcycle.
As mentioned in a previous point, they also live in places where public transport is more convenient.
Millennials are probably more health conscience than any generation that has come before.
Even though McDonald’s has been offering healthier options, it doesn’t seem to be enough to persuade them.
Some people just can’t get the information from the documentary Super Size Me out of their minds.
In all fairness, we can’t just blame millennials for the decline of the department store business.
Online shopping has been around for a while, and people like the convenience of being able to order online.
Yes, you heard that right. Millennials are taking fewer vacations.
Surprisingly, the biggest reason is that many of them feel guilty about asking for time off.
There are plenty of millennials who believe in the value of a hard day’s work.
Sadly, there are also plenty who just want things handed to them.
They hope to go from an hourly employee to Vice President of Sales in a month.
According to a study done by Pew Research, 85% of millennials have shown zero interest in joining the military.
Only 32% of them have any love for their country.
Millennials are also more concerned with how they are perceived by the rest of the world.
The 2016 Presidential Election
This is a hard pill to swallow, but millennials can be blamed for Hillary Clinton’s loss for the presidency.
Some might say that’s a good thing, and others might contest that she lost on her own.
According to statistics, only 55% of millennials supported Hillary compared to Barack Obama. Many of them “threw away their vote” by voting for the independent party.
We are sorry to tell the Michaels and Johns of the world, but your name isn’t as popular as it once was.
Nowadays, millennials are giving their children names like Floppy Disk and Apple Garden.
Okay, we’re being silly with those examples, but they are naming them pretty strange things.
Bars of Soap
Many millennials believe that bars of soap are covered in germs after each use.
While not an absurd idea, other generations will argue that logic.
Meanwhile, millennials opt for liquid soap.
The reason why casinos may be seeing a decrease in millennial patrons is that a lot of gambling is done with their smartphones, from fantasy sports to online casinos.
Diamonds may not be a millennial’s best friend.
Reasons include the exploitation associated with this gem and the fact that diamonds remain highly expensive.
Perhaps diamonds aren’t forever, after all.
Due to the fact that more millennials are living in urban areas, the decrease in car sales is on the rise among the millennial generation.
Ridesharing companies popular among millennials, such as Uber and Lyft, also play a part in this decline.
It’s been found that a handshake is not as popular as it was almost 40 years ago.
Science has confirmed this. What was once a firm grip has turned limp.
In some ways, we can’t really blame millennials for being the ones to kill crowdfunding.
Actually, we can’t even fault them for their reasons for not jumping on the crowdfunding bandwagon.
A lot of funding requested is for trivial things, like a trip to Thailand or plastic surgery.
Most millennials, when staying at a hotel, just want a bed and desk in their room.
Half the time, they don’t stay in the room and opt to hang out in the lobby, in order to meet people.
Also, more millennials are using online marketplaces like Airbnb, Flipkey, and Vrbo.
In 2015, the movie industry saw a decline in ticket sales of people between the ages of 12 and 17.
Most millennials and post-millennials like to watch movies on their phones or laptops.
Also, with all the free streaming services, there doesn’t seem to be as much of a need to go to a movie theatre.
Breakfast doesn’t seem to be the most important meal of the day, according to millennials.
Many of them are not embracing the high-sugar content of Frosted Flakes or Lucky Charms.
Instead, they are on the go and grabbing whatever they can find … granola is a popular, healthy option.
Just like breakfast cereal, millennials are killing off the yogurt industry.
In 2016, yogurt sales fell by over 8%.
In order to get more millennials to eat this dairy product, the yogurt business opted to take out the sugar and add more protein.
At your local grocery store, you will likely find more options for Greek yogurt than ever before.
Millennials are substituting working out at the gym for online fitness classes, CrossFit, and running clubs.
Many are leaving the gym and going where their favorite fitness instructor can be found.
More and more millennials have begun opting for food delivery and grabbing food that’s quick and easy.
As a result, the restaurant industry seems to be on the decline.
Nowadays, millennials want quick and few of them have time to sit down and wait for their food.
Say goodbye to courting, dating, and simply meeting people the old-fashioned way.
If you want to find your perfect mate, just swipe right (or left if you have no interest).
Millennials are ditching time-tested romance for a quick fix.