It seems like every day we open Twitter to find another article about millennials—in particular, how they’re basically The Worst. They’re not buying houses because of their obsession with avocado toast, they’re single-handedly killing off various industries (from mainstream beer companies, to McDonald’s, to light yogurt), and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Needless to say, the media is fascinated with the millennial generation.
There’s some disagreement on the cutoff years for millennials, but researchers loosely define the generation as starting with those born from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s or early 2000s.
So why are the millennials ruining everything? We’ve rounded up a wide-ranging list of things that millennials get called out for, from the serious to the mundane. You might be surprised what you find—keep reading for all the juicy details.
They still live with their parents.The Pew Research Center reports that as of 2016, 15% of 25- to 35-year-olds were living with their parents. This is more than the two previous generations (Gen Xers and the Silent Generation).
They’re not getting married.According to the Census Bureau, only 3 in 10 millennials have been married, a drastic decrease from previous generations.
Perhaps it’s because they aren’t good at dating.An article in the New York Post explains that millennials have ditched the dinner date in favor of online dating.
They’re not buying homes.
Millionaire to millennials: Stop buying avocado toast if you want to buy a home https://t.co/JVpbiLrvv5— TIME (@TIME)1494868207.0
The housing shortage is all their fault.They say it’s because millennials are flocking to big cities rather than settling in the suburbs.
Millennials aren’t the best house guests.In fact, a study by HomeAdvisor rated them the worst house guests compared to Baby Boomers and Gen Xers.
They only care about buying avocado toast.
I was gonna put a down payment on a house last year but then I spent $44,000 on avocado toast https://t.co/SvSEisua71— hi, I’m gay actor Michael Douglas (@hi, I’m gay actor Michael Douglas)1494871144.0
They’re killing the wine industry.An industry report blames many factors for a slump in wine sales, including millennials’ “limited financial capacity, a preference for premium spirits and craft beers, delayed careers," and others. Riiiiight.
They’re also killing beloved restaurant chains.
MILLENNIALS ARE KILLING APPLEBEES MILLENNIALS ARE KILLING DIAMONDS AND NEXT WE COME FOR GOD— NOT A WOLF (@NOT A WOLF)1497379686.0
And guess why beer sales are slipping?You guessed it! Millennials don’t seem to be interested in big beer brands like Bud Light, Budweiser, and Miller Light.
They’re not crazy about McDonald’s.
One survey found that 26% of young adults said that McDonald’s had a negative impact on their local community.
Light yogurt is next on millennials’ chopping block.Sales for light yogurt are dropping, and they’re reaching for Greek and organic yogurt instead.
They also have thoughts on cereal.A 2015 report shared that millennials said that “cereal was an inconvenient breakfast choice because they had to clean up after eating it."
They don’t like driving.More than half of millennials ages 22 to 37 say a car is not worth the money spent on maintenance, and that they’d rather be doing something else than driving.
And they’re not that great at it, either.The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88% of drivers ages 19 to 24 admitted to engaging in risky driving behavior (e.g., texting while driving, running red lights, speeding) within the previous month.
Lots of outlets label them as entitled.
"Millennials are so entitled!" Aye well I don't see 20-somethings screaming for the manager because their coupon expired a month ago, Janet— Liam Dryden ⛄️ (@Liam Dryden ⛄️)1456188859.0
Don’t forget about the participation trophy argument.
BOOMER: here is a participation trophy MILLENNIAL: oh BOOMER: fuck you for taking it— "Skinny Jorpy" Merlino 👨🏽🦳 (@"Skinny Jorpy" Merlino 👨🏽🦳)1467385277.0
They have a negative reputation in the workplace.A 2015 study showed that hiring managers perceived millennials as “narcissistic" and “money-driven."
They may not be as patriotic.A Pew Research poll showed that 48% of Americans think their country is the greatest in the world, while only 32% of millennials share this opinion.
Another thing they’re killing? Golf.Golf rounds are down, and some are blaming millennials, but others say the industry has a bunch of other factors bringing it down.
They also hate napkins, apparently.
Millennials are killing... https://t.co/OXlzCYDFO8— Roman Mars (@Roman Mars)1496524357.0
They’re not fans of soap.
How could you do this to soap, what the HELL https://t.co/kFDcOSsi3Y— Steely Danzig (@Steely Danzig)1495044135.0
They don’t use fabric softener, either.
Breaking: Demographic Without Money Doesn't Give A Shit About Buying Unnecessary Stuff https://t.co/PBVFICGjEN— Kashana (@Kashana)1481904464.0
They’re way too obsessed with selfies.One study says that the average millennial will take a whopping 25,700 selfies over their lifetime.
Millennials aren’t shopping at department stores.
"millennials killed department stores" baby boomers killed the polar bears but right right right my deepest apologies to jc penny— giabuchi lastrassi (@giabuchi lastrassi)1496589819.0
They’re not buying diamonds.
love 2 be a millennial sitting on my giant hoard of cash, willfully refusing to buy: - diamonds - houses - department store things— tekla 💜✨ (@tekla 💜✨)1494784207.0
And they’re killing movie theaters.
Say goodbye to movie theaters because they're dead. It's your fault. https://t.co/63NmiVoHFm— Steely Danzig (@Steely Danzig)1495044270.0