Millennials & Gen Z’s 20 Biggest Hobbies

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing

What are young consumers doing when they’re not on their phones? We asked 1000 13-34-year-olds their biggest hobbies to find out...

Millennials and Gen Z are addicted to their devices, it’s true. Ypulse research has found 60% of 13-33-year-olds agree with the statement, “I’m addicted to my phone," and 63% agree “I feel anxious when I don’t have my phone.” In fact, because they spend so much time on their screens, what they are actually doing when they’re not on their phones has become more and more of a mystery—and it’s a question we’re often asked.

Ypulse’s recent monthly Gold survey (part of our ongoing Millennial and Gen Z research) explored all of the things they might be doing when they’re not on their phones—from their passions to the last non-digital activity they did. Earlier this month, we told you about Millennials and Gen Z’s general passion points and interests, reporting those that both age groups (and the males and females within them) have in common—and those more popular among certain age groups. But because passions don’t always translate into day-to-day activities, in that same survey we also asked 1000 13-34-year-olds, “What is your biggest hobby?”* to find out more about what they’re actually doing in their free time. Here are the 20 responses we heard the most:

*This was an open-end response questions to allow us to capture the full range of hobbies that that are occupying 13-34-year-olds—without our preconceived ideas shaping their responses. As with any qualitative question, the responses include those that are top of mind and those that are most popular. The list is ordered according to number of responses received, and alphabetically when ties occurred.

 

What Are Their Biggest Hobbies?

13-34-year-olds

  1. Reading
  2. Sports
  3. Video Games /…
 
 

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The Newsfeed

“I love watching movies and shows uninterrupted.”—Female, 18, CO

Mattel just made the first hijab-wearing Barbie. She’s based on Ibtihaj Muhammad, who won the Olympic bronze medal for fencing for the U.S. while wearing a hijab. Brands are bringing diversity to the toy aisle to appease The Diversity Tipping Point generation’s appetite for inclusion, and this new doll is a step in the right direction. She gives girls a new role model and (in Muhammad’s words) encourages them "to embrace what makes them unique." Mattel has plans to create an entire line of Barbies based on inspirational women next year. (BBC)

Another ‘90s classic, Are You Afraid of the Dark, is coming to the big screen and revisiting Millennials’ childhood nightmares. Nostalgia entertainment is big business for the entertainment industry, who are hoping to capitalize on Millennials and Gen Z’s trademark wistfulness, and it doesn’t hurt that this screenplay for the remake is being written by It’s screenwriter. With horror proving it can bring in massive audiences these days, this mixture of dark content and nostalgia is a good bet to get them in theaters. (Collider)

Millennials are causing a “baby bust”—they aren’t having enough kids to keep the U.S. population at the “replacement level.” According to the Negative Population Growth Inc., the birth rate has dropped below the death rate, with women are having an average of just 1.8 births compared to the 2.1 needed to keep the population steady. The research blames all Millennials for the drop, reporting that “irth rates for all age groups of women under 30 fell to record lows in 2016.” (Washington Examiner)

Kellogg’s is coming back to NYC, with a bigger (and maybe better) cereal café than last year’s Times Square popup. The 5,000 square foot Union Square space will be a permanent place for Millennials to try crafty concoctions from Kellogg’s, who hopes getting the demo to rethink the product will keep Millennials from “killing” cereal as we know it. The company claims “It’ll be a destination for foodies and people to chill, create and explore the endless possibilities of cereal all in one place, whether it be for breakfast, lunch or a snack later in the day.” (CSA)

People are binging Netflix in public—at work, in line, and even on the toilet. A new study from Netflix found that 67% of viewers have watched a show or movie in public, 37% admit to tuning in at work, and 12% have pressed play in a public restroom. One in five have cried during a public streaming session, and 11% have seen a spoiler on another public streamer’s screen—but that’s not stopping them. The Binge Effect is real and bigger than ever: 60% of respondents said they binge more content than they did last year. (MashableMarkets Insider)

“I really enjoyed Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul does a really good job capturing the same intensity and intrigue that the original series did…”—Male, 28, NY

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