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Millennials are a generation of trailblazers and trendsetters, always seeking to set their own unique path.
They tend to be more conscious about our health, finances, relationships, lifestyles, and more, opting for healthier alternatives that better suit their needs and the planet’s.
This drive has led many young people today to say “no” to a plethora of things that have been accepted as part of normality in prior generations.
Here are ten aspects of life where Millennials have decided enough is enough and leaving behind those things they believe no longer serve them or align with their values.
#1. Useless Junk
Millennials are smart when it comes to limiting the purchasing of junk.
Since money is tight, they only buy things they need and a few things they want.
They see big houses as a waste as rooms are filled with useless stuff that never gets used.
One person pointed out how many houses in their neighborhood have cars parked in the driveway or the street, not the garage.
This is because the garages are overfilled with useless stuff.
#2. Cable TV
It’s no surprise that the cable TV industry is losing subscribers.
But most of the ones cutting the cord are millennials.
They find streaming alternatives fit their lifestyle better as they can sign up and watch what they want anywhere they are on their mobile device.
#3. Live To Work
Boomers and Gen Xers are known for working hard to get ahead.
Not only do they want to earn an income to support themselves, but they also want to climb the corporate ladder.
Millennials, on the other hand, don’t aspire to these beliefs.
They see that corporations are only in it for themselves and have no loyalty to their employees, regardless of whether they are top performers.
#4. Wedding Industry
Millennials are getting married when they are older and throwing out many of the traditions that come with weddings.
This includes getting married in a church, dressing in a certain way, having lavish receptions, and more.
#5. Cable News
Just as subscribers to cable TV are falling, so is viewership to cable news.
This is for a few reasons. First, millennials don’t want to sit down at a specific time to watch a news broadcast.
Another reason is the rise of independent media.
Millennials are trusting these sources for their news and information more and more as they feel they get a complete picture of the story, not a one-sided angle.
#6. Pet Food Brands
Millennials love their pets, and it shows in the sales decline of major pet food brands.
Just like this group is more proactive about the healthy food they put into their bodies, they are keenly aware of what they put into their furry friends.
As a result, millennials are opting for smaller pet food brands that focus on natural, healthy ingredients.
#7. Diamond Industry
Many might think this industry is in decline because younger generations are putting off marriage.
But this isn’t the main reason.
It’s that millennials have issues with the sourcing of diamonds.
They don’t like the treatment of workers who mine the gem, and they realize the only reason a diamond is valuable is that where it comes from has regulations that limit mining to keep the price high.
#8. Ironing Clothes
Who has time to iron clothes? Not millennials.
There are a few reasons for the lack of ironing, the most significant being that many workplaces are switching to casual attire from business attire.
Also, the increase in work-from-home jobs has an impact.
So too, does technology.
More and more clothes are made with fabrics that resist wrinkles, making ironing unnecessary.
#9. Wine With Corks
If you have made it this far, you can spot a trend with millennials.
Everything they do is to make life easier, not harder.
Wine falls right into this.
Millennials do not buy wine with corks because they don’t want to go through the trouble of uncorking it.
Instead, they opt for a wine with screw caps.
While most all homes still have doorbells, you are unlikely to spot a millennial ringing one.
When they arrive at a house, they instinctively pull out their phone and text that they are there.
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