3 Millennial Myths Debunked

We hear a lot about Millennials during our daily research on the generation. And as we’ve said before, there are a lot of misconceptions and myths out there. From labeling them as slacktivists (not necessarily true) to saying they’re the worst generation in the workplace, there are many stories about Millennials that just don’t hold up when you look a little deeper. Here are three common myths about Millennials that are probably just not true:

 

 

 

 


Myth #1: Hookup Culture Killed Dating! 
Hookup culture is a favorite topic of a certain segment of those writing about Millennials. The common story goes: Millennials (especially those in college) are eschewing relationships to instead hookup with everyone they can, and dating is dead because of the rise of hookups, leaving a generation devoid of intimacy and real relationships. But not so fast! New research has found that hookup culture is probably a myth, and Millennials aren’t having any more sex with more partners than previous generations. (Information which Millennials themselves are probably not surprised to hear.) While Millennials might have different expectations about and definitions of long term relationships in their 20s, their actual behavior doesn’t match up with the “great hookup culture scare” of the past few years.

Myth #2: Young People Can’t Stop Sexting on Snapchat! 
The sexting myth goes hand in hand with the hookup myth, and makes us wonder if older generations just like to think that younger ones are sex-crazed because it’s fun to talk about. Thanks to some well-publicized teen sexting scandals, the conversation around young people and sexting has been one of fear and shock. While we're not downplaying the experiences of some teen sexters as real and sometimes damaging, the phenomena is not exactly…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

“I won’t buy an already-made costume to dress up in for Halloween because I prefer using my creativity to come up with an uncommon or personalized costume to wearing a mass-produced costume that won't be unique to me.” –Male, 24, CA

One entrepreneur has a big idea to change charity fundraising as we know it—and she’s only 10-years-old. Vivienne Harr started a lemonade stand for charity in 2012 that has turned into Make A Stand lemonade, a family company that donates 5% of each sale. Now, the Harrs are launching StandApp, a mobile platform for donating to and starting crowdfunded social good projects. Twitter’s founders have invested in the app, which tells users they can “make a stand and change the world in 3 steps and 30 seconds.” (Fast Company)

Vice media has established themselves as creators of online content that speaks to young consumers, and now they will launch a global, 24 hour TV network for their Millennial audience. The brand’s Vice News has gotten a reputation for tackling some of the biggest international stories before much more established news organizations, and CEO Shane Smith warned traditional media outlets that as the generation ages up, they will become obsolete, and sites like Vice and BuzzFeed are “the changing of the guard.” (The IndependentThe Drum)

Posting calories counts on menus isn’t necessarily making consumers choose healthier options, but a new study has found that if told what they would have to do to burn off those calories, teens are less likely to buy higher calorie or sugary drinks. When signs were posted in stores telling buyers things like, “Did you know that working off a bottle of soda or fruit juice takes about 5 miles of walking,” 40% of 12-18-year-olds who saw them said they changed their drink choice as a result. Even after the signs were removed these teens continued to make healthier choices. (Washington Post)

Italian clothing label Brandy Melville has reportedly become “one of the fastest growing popular brands among American teens,” but the company is not interested in selling to everyone: they sell most items only in size small. Abercrombie & Fitch has famously lost ground with young consumers thanks to their similarly exclusionary practices, and some teens are expressing their dissatisfaction on Melville’s Instagram, where they are asking for sizes that “fit all.” (Tech Times)

Many Millennials don’t trust banks (or any other large institutions) but it could be that financial organizations are missing a big opportunity with the generation. Adweek’s recent study found that 18-24-year-olds are more likely than other consumers to say they would trust a financial institution more if they provided helpful, unbiased content. But only 20% of respondents felt that these institutions are currently posting interesting articles. (Adweek)

That image at the bottom of our newsletter is a gateway to insights and expert commentary on current and future Millennial trends. Clicking on it takes readers to our daily insights article, available to Silver and Gold subscribers, which illuminates a facet of Millennial culture and helps subscribers to understand the "why" behind the "what." Drawing from our ongoing collection of proprietary data, our deep-dive desk research, and our 10-year history of studying this generation, we figure out what it all means for brands and marketers. (Ypulse)

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