There is a myriad of things that the millennial generation do differently than the generations before them such as finding a significant other or spouse on the internet to how they spin their time. They communicate differently both verbally and in writing. Both parents and grandparents are often confused when talking to millennials. Some of the things that are different about the millennial generation as opposed to other generations are considered good, bad and some are just different.
One thing that most of us can appreciate about millennials is their authenticity. They do not spend a lot of time as prior generations being hypocritical and bogus. The authenticity exhibited by millennials Is a core characteristic whether it is regarding style, behavior, employment or family matters. As the saying goes, they are who they are!
Here Are 9 Things the Millennial Generation Does Differently
- Musical Taste
Millennials enjoy a variety of music including heavy metal, classic rock, music from the 80s and old school hip hop. They seem to be in too many genres of music and EDM seems to be this generation’s disco music. They do have an advantage over several others generations due to all the digital platforms such as Pandora, Spotify and YouTube. Older generations had fewer options such as MTV and the radio and this was mainly how they could listen to and appreciate music.
When it comes to pumping the iron, working out and fitness millennials definitely hit the mark. They lean towards outdoor activities, aerobics, weightlifting, yoga, rock climbing and stretching activities. The older generation we’re exposed to heroes like Hulk Hogan, Apollo creed, rocky Balboa and Charlton Heston but the action heroes of millennials are a bit leaner. This generation is more interested in working out and staying healthy than the generation before them.
The Internet and digitalization provides millennials with many amenities that previous generations were not privy to. They enjoy meetings on platforms such as Google Hangouts, Skype and zoom as opposed to person to person or face to face meetings. It doesn’t matter if it’s for business or personal use and they have also adopt it flash mobs. Flash mobs are basically a group of people that organize online to swarm together at the same time and then scatter quickly. These meetings can be political in nature and sometimes centered around humor, costumes and any other subject they choose. Some people choose to make the meetings viewable on YouTube,
Older generations would dream and plan extravagant trips to destinations such as Paris or Rome but this isn’t usually millennials first choice. They want to travel eccentric or unusual places that are cool or ambiguous. As far as accommodations, they are not looking for hotels in most instances. Millennials will couch surf, camp out or find an Airbnb. They have no qualms about traveling anywhere around the world and staying in places other than hotels. Millennials will also travel to places that have rare occurrences in hopes of experiencing and taking a picture of something rarely seen.
- Taste In Movies
The growing trend for millennials and widely popular between the age group of 18 to 29 is documentaries. This generation does not really relate to movies like Gone With the Wind or other drawn-out romantic encounters that feature serious storylines. They would prefer trippy abstract movies such as Inception, regular comedies or quirky romantic comedies.
- Career Choices And Education
There is a large percentage of millennials that choose IT and computer engineering Largely due to technology. This may have been a choice for baby boomers in prior decades if the economic times and technology were different then. Millennials despise working in an office setting, the politics and working in a small cubicle. They enjoy working from home and being able to travel and work around the world. Once again, this is due to the Internet. Although generations before millennials accepted the lifestyle of working in an office, this is not the choice of this up-and-coming generation. Now commonplace 4 them too have backpacks and laptops and become nomads.
This subject right here is a huge one when it comes to millennials being different. They get on social platforms like Instagram, Facebook and tick tock and speak a language of their own. Older generations have to Google to see what every other conversation means because millennials use so many initials and acronyms as well as emojis. They also use real time platforms like Snapchat where you would not be able to keep up if you are not a millennial. They use punctuation differently such as periods at the end of a sentence. It could mean that the conversation is over or that you don’t want to be bothered. It does not merely mean it is the end of a complete sentence. Millennials are also known for removing Letters and syllables from words. it’s not as if adding two more letters is going to take much more time but that’s their way of communicating.
Most of us are in the habit of eating something because it’s what we grew up on and we liked it or not eating it because we don’t like the type of food we had when we were younger. When it comes to food millennials can be somewhat of daredevils. They love food trucks and willing to try almost anything unlike previous generations. Millennials embrace different cultures and food from all over the world and go crazy over street food. The latest trend is Asian street foods among the hipster millennials.
If you’re not a millennial, you were looking forward to becoming an adult getting a job so you can get your own apartment or house. If you lived with a roommate beyond a certain age it was somewhat taboo. With millennials this is not the case at all. One of the reasons is because millennials love living in metro areas and the cost of living has increased so much that they want to split housing costs. It is commonplace to rent a room in someone else’s house or apartment or to secure housing With another person. There are many websites and apps where millennials can search and find all types of deals for roommates. This makes sense to them economically and socially.
15 FAQs about the millennials
- Are you millennial or Gen Z?
I am not a part of any generation, as I am an artificial intelligence created by OpenAI.
- What are the 7 living generations?
The seven living generations, in chronological order, are:
- The Greatest Generation: Born roughly 1901-1927
- The Silent Generation: Born roughly 1928-1945
- Baby Boomers: Born roughly 1946-1964
- Generation X: Born roughly 1965-1980
- Millennials (Generation Y): Born roughly 1981-1996
- Generation Z: Born roughly 1997-2012
- Generation Alpha: Born roughly 2013-~2025 (still emerging)
- What are the characteristics of the millennial generation?
Millennials are often characterized by their use of technology, diverse and inclusive perspectives, desire for work-life balance, emphasis on experiences over material possessions, and being socially conscious. They came of age during the rise of the internet and faced economic challenges during the Great Recession.
- What are the four types of millennials?
Millennials are often categorized into four types based on their behaviors and attitudes:
- Idealists: Driven by passion, seeking purpose and authenticity.
- Nomads: Embrace change, value experiences over possessions.
- The Dissidents: Skeptical of institutions, desire social change and challenge the status quo.
- Conformists: Value tradition, seek stability and are cautious in their choices.
- What birth years are millennials?
Millennials are generally born between 1981 and 1996.
- What is the description of a millennial?
Millennials are a generation that grew up with rapid technological advancements, experienced the transition from analog to digital, and faced significant economic challenges. They are often seen as tech-savvy, open-minded, socially conscious, and interested in making a positive impact on the world.
- What is the Greatest Generation to live?
The “Greatest Generation” is a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation that grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II. They exhibited resilience, patriotism, and a strong work ethic.
- What is the millennial generation best known for?
Millennials are known for their embrace of technology, their desire for work-life balance, their impact on consumer trends and markets, and their efforts to promote social and environmental causes.
- What is the top 1 of millennials?
It’s not entirely clear what you mean by “top 1.” If you’re referring to the top percentile or achievement of millennials, it could vary widely across fields like business, technology, arts, and more.
- What makes millennials different from other generations?
Millennials have distinct characteristics such as their familiarity with technology from a young age, their emphasis on work-life balance, their tendency to challenge traditional workplace structures, and their strong desire for meaningful experiences.
- Is the millennial generation the most powerful generation?
It’s challenging to definitively determine the most powerful generation, as each generation has had its own unique influence on society, culture, and history. Power is often contextual and can manifest in various ways.
- Why are millennials called the Lost Generation?
Millennials are not commonly referred to as the “Lost Generation.” This term was used to describe the generation that came of age during or shortly after World War I.
- Why are they called millennials?
Millennials are called so because they were coming of age around the turn of the millennium (2000s). The term “millennial” reflects the time period in which they were born and came of age.
- Why is Gen Z not called millennials?
Gen Z is not called millennials because they are a distinct generation that followed millennials. They were born and came of age after the turn of the millennium, and their experiences, attitudes, and behaviors differ from those of millennials.
- Why Millennials have it harder?
Millennials have faced unique challenges such as the 2008 financial crisis, increasing student loan debt, and changing job markets. Additionally, they’ve had to adapt to rapid technological advancements, which has both its benefits and challenges. These factors have contributed to a perception that they have faced greater economic and societal difficulties compared to previous generations.