5 Things Millennials Are Doing That Might Surprise You

Lots of assumptions are made about the most-analyzed generation ever, but you might be surprised by what they’re really doing…

Keeping up with Millennials can be tough. They inspire headline after headline every day—the sheer volume of information about them is the whole reason we have a curated newsfeed and newsletter devoted to hand-picking the most-important, relevant data and insights on young consumers. But even if you pay close attention to the way that Millennials and teens are shifting markets and changing industries, there are some things they’re doing that still might surprise you. Here are five behaviors that might not fit your idea of the generation, but they are in fact doing anyway…


Think using coupons is too old school for young consumers? Not so fast. Millennials are a generation of coupon “clippers”—though they’re mostly using them digitally of course. Bloomberg reports that almost 90% of Millennials say they use coupons, but while their parents cut the paper kind, young consumers are turning to sites like RetailMeNot and Gilt City to find their discounts and deals. A Ypulse monthly survey found that 92% of 13-33-year-olds have used a discount code online. In the end, their savings amount to the same as they did in the days of scissors and circulars. Traditionally analog coupon distributers like SmartSource and Valpak are finding ways to digitize, and the latter reports that almost 2 million coupons have been printed through their app and mobile site. Shortcuts are also being created for shoppers who favor digital savings: Chrome extension Honey scans any online shopping basket and applies all the coupon and sale codes available for the site automatically. Email is another couponing source for budget-conscious Millennial shoppers. A recent shopper…


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“I’ve been using Apple products for years. Although Samsung technology is probably better, I am so used to Apple that I would probably not switch.”—Female, 18, PA

Major financial institutions are still trying to figure Millennials out, so Prudential conducted a survey to gather some much-needed intel. The Great Recession-era adults are pessimistic about their financial futures: 79% don’t believe that “comfortable retirement” will be a possibility when they’re in their 80s and 70% think “it’s impossible” to save the recommended annual amount to make it possible. Ypulse found that saving for retirement falls behind other, more imminent financial priorities. (MediaPost)

Teens are rallying around the issue of gun control in increasing numbers. A recent survey from Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords (conducted by Ypulse) found that gun violence prevention is the top issue young people expect the candidate they vote for in 2018 to take a stance on. Six in ten 15-18-year-olds said they’re “’passionate’ about reducing gun violence” and 72% of 15-30-year-olds agreed that politicians who don’t do more to combat gun violence shouldn’t be re-elected. (Mic)

Need proof that the future of STEM is female? Just take a look at children’s drawings. From 1966-1977, researchers asked 5,000 students to draw a scientist, and about 99% of them drew men. Fast forward the same study to 1985-2016, and one-third of children drew a female scientist. But we still have a long way to go to break gender stereotypes: 14-15-year-olds “drew more male than female scientists by an average ratio of 4-to1." (CNN)

Digital consignment store ThredUp wants to open 100 IRL stores. They’re expanding their physical footprint from two to ten stores this year, with more planned for the future. Why are online-only brands increasingly building bricks-and-mortar? (Think: Glossier, Everlane, even ThredUp competitors like The RealReal). Creating experiences with guests from a common check-out up to an in-store event builds “trust” and “awareness.” (Glossy)

Are Instagram and dating apps “crippling” relationships? Psychotherapist Esther Perel thinks so. Ypulse data shows 27% of 18-35-year-olds have used a dating app, 12% use them weekly, and nearly eight in ten use other social media apps weekly or more often. All that time scrolling past potential partners creates a new kind of loneliness: Instead of feeling “socially isolated,” they’re “experiencing a loss of trust and a loss of capital while you are next to the person with whom you’re not supposed to be lonely.” (Recode)

“We should be nice and good to others because we would want the same in return, being rude to someone doesn't make the situation any better.”—Female, 21, MI

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