Oct 19, 2019

Millennials sleep and work more than previous generations

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A new study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that millennials work and sleep longer hours and are more likely to socialize in their free-time than previous generations.

Why it matters: The lifestyle tendencies of millennials are driving societal and cultural norms. "In fact, their economic circumstances and daily habits have often led them to be blamed for 'killing' everything, from casual restaurant chains, credit cards to the car industry," writes the Washington Post.

How millennials spend their time:

  • Millennials sleep about 9 hours a night, compared to the 8.6 hours of prior generations.
  • They spend about 1.5 hours a day engaging in household activities, as compared to the 2.10 hours of older generations.
  • Millennials are more likely to be employed full-time.
  • Older demographics spend about 0.16 hours daily on religious activities, whereas millennials spend about 0.09 hours.
  • Millennials dedicate 17 more minutes to personal care each day than their elder counterparts.
  • They are also more educated, ethnically and racially diverse compared to Gen X, Baby Boomers and others.

Go deeper: Americans are increasingly shedding their religious affiliations

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Increasing millennial health problems set up future economic challenges

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Millennials' health problems are on the rise, with future adverse consequences to both their own finances as well as the U.S. economy, according to a new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

What they found: As millennials age, their health is declining faster than Generation X, and they're increasingly suffering from conditions like hypertension, high cholesterol, depression and hyperactivity.

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70% of millennials say they'd vote for a socialist

Data: YouGov, Victims of Communism; Note: Number of Gen Z respondents: 303, Millennial: 554, Gen X: 494, Boomer: 587, Silent: 162; Chart: Axios Visuals

Young Americans continue to lose faith in capitalism and embrace socialism, according to a new YouGov/Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey of more than 2,000 Americans 16 years and older.

Why it matters: Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed democratic socialist, is one of the top presidential candidates in the 2020 Democratic field. His flagship health care proposal, Medicare for All, has driven the national conversation and moved the Democratic Party significantly to the left — even among candidates like Elizabeth Warren who consider themselves capitalists.

Go deeperArrowOct 28, 2019

25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker tells heckling colleague: "OK, boomer"

25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker Chlöe Swarbrick responded to a heckling colleague during her speech about the threats of climate change with the internet meme "OK, boomer," reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Millennials and Generation Zers have coined the phrase "OK, boomer" as a retort against older generations' patronization. The phrase first found viral fame on social media — notably, TikTok — thanks to a generational divide on issues like student debt and climate change.

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