14 things millennials do completely differently from their parents



Millennials are getting older — but they’re still different than their parents. Hero Images/Getty Images

  • The millennial generation generally includes people born between 1981 and 1996.
  • Through their sheer size, they’ve affected industries such as fast food, fast fashion, and higher education.
  • They parent differently from their parents — and run their lives differently, too.
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Millennials are getting older — but they’re still nothing like their parents.

The Pew Research Center defines this generation as people born between 1981 and 1996, meaning the last millennials graduated college this spring.

Millennials are now full-fledged adults — but they marry later, have more student loan debt, and delay homebuying.

Below, we rounded up some more ways millennials do things differently than their parents. Read on to find out how this much-maligned generation is changing life as we know it.

Even generally, millennials are better about talking about their money than their parents were.


Millennials are much more open about money than their parents are, Business Insider’s Hillary Hoffower reported.

Nearly half of millennials discuss personal finance with their parents, while just 24% of baby boomers discuss money with their kids. Thirty percent of millennials discuss money with their friends, compared to just 9% of boomers.

Millennials love Netflix.

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About 20% more millennials use Netflix to watch TV compared to Gen Xers.

More Gen X viewers watch TV shows produced by television networks, while half of millennials watch Netflix original shows, Business Insider’s Carrie Wittmer reported.


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