15 Boomer Items Millennials are ‘Destroying’

Millennials, the generation born between 1981 and 1996, have been at the center of numerous debates and discussions.

Often, they’re accused of “killing” various industries and traditions. But is it fair to blame them, or is it a natural evolution of society?

Here’s 15 of the things millennials have supposedly “destroyed” and we will also explore the possible reasons behind these changes.

1. Napkins

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While older generations saw napkins as a dining table essential, millennials lean towards the multi-functionality of paper towels.

It’s not just about wiping hands or faces, it’s about cleaning spills, wrapping snacks, and even doubling as a plate in a pinch.

The decline in napkin sales might be a reflection of this generation’s love for efficiency and versatility.

2. Formal Dress Codes

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The rise of tech startups and the gig economy has reshaped workplace norms.

Millennials, working in more relaxed environments, often prioritize comfort and self-expression.

The suit and tie are no longer seen as a universal symbol of professionalism, replaced by hoodies, jeans, and sneakers in many sectors.

3. Casual Dining Restaurants

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With the rise of foodie culture and an emphasis on unique dining experiences, millennials often choose local eateries or international cuisines over chain restaurants.

Health-conscious choices and a desire for organic or farm-to-table meals have shifted preferences away from fast-casual dining chains.

4. Large Homes

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Economic challenges, including student debt and rising housing prices, have made large suburban homes less attainable for many millennials.

Additionally, this generation often values experiences over possessions, leading to a preference for minimalist living and urban settings.

5. Traditional Marriage

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Economic stability, career ambitions, and personal growth are often prioritized before marriage.

With societal norms evolving, living together before marriage or choosing not to marry at all has become more accepted.

6. Divorce

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Marrying later often means millennials are more settled and sure of their choices.

This maturity and life experience might contribute to more stable relationships and lower divorce rates.

7. Pricey Engagement Rings

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The traditional three-month salary rule for engagement rings is being challenged.

Burdened with debts and keen on traveling or other experiences, Millennials often opt for more affordable, ethical, and unique options for engagement rings.

8. Dinner Dates

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The digital age has transformed dating.

With the rise of online dating apps, first meetings are often casual coffee dates or activities, seen as less commitment and pressurizing than formal dinners.

9. Traditional Hotels

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Travel for millennials is about authentic experiences.

Platforms like Airbnb offer local experiences, often at a fraction of the cost.

Boutique hotels, offering unique themes and personalized service, are also preferred over cookie-cutter hotel chains.

10. Big Box Gyms

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Fitness for millennials is as much about mental well-being as it is physical.

Boutique fitness studios offering community-driven experiences, holistic wellness, and specialized classes have become the go-to over traditional, equipment-heavy gyms.

11. Mayonnaise

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With a shift towards global cuisines and healthier eating, condiments like hummus, guacamole, and sriracha are edging out mayonnaise.

The heavy, calorie-rich profile of mayo doesn’t align with the millennial pursuit of a balanced diet.

12. American Cheese

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The processed nature of American cheese doesn’t sit well with millennials, who often seek authentic, organic, and artisanal food products.

The rise in gourmet burger joints offering a range of cheeses is a testament to this change.

13. Canned Tuna

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Convenience for millennials translates to ready-to-eat, fresh, and flavorful.

The perceived effort in opening a can, draining it, and then seasoning makes canned tuna less appealing, especially with the availability of fresher seafood options.

14. Bar Soap

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The initial shift away from bar soaps was due to perceptions of them being unhygienic and drying. However, with eco-consciousness on the rise, many millennials are returning to bar soaps, especially those that are organic, handmade, and plastic-free.

15. Wine Corks

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The ritual of uncorking a wine bottle is being replaced by the convenience of screw caps.

Contrary to the belief that corked wines are superior, many millennials see screw caps as a practical, modern alternative that ensures the wine’s quality.

Generational Impact vs. Natural Trends: The Real Story

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The media has widely circulated the narrative that millennials are “killing” various industries. However, a closer examination reveals that this might be an oversimplification.

Industries evolve, and consumer preferences shift over time, often influenced by broader societal and economic factors.

A Harvard Business Review article[1] debunked the commonly cited “three-generation rule” related to family businesses.

This rule suggests that most family businesses don’t survive beyond three generations.

However, the data indicates that family businesses, on average, last much longer than typical public companies.

This example underscores the importance of critically examining popular narratives and understanding the broader context.

It’s essential to recognize that industries and businesses must adapt to changing consumer behaviors, technological advancements, and societal norms.

While millennials might be driving some of these changes, it’s not solely a generational phenomenon.

Economic challenges, technological innovations, and global events significantly shape consumer preferences and industry trends.

While millennials have influenced changes in various industries, viewing these shifts as part of a broader societal evolution is essential.

Industries must adapt to changing consumer needs and preferences, and it’s not just about one generation’s choices but about the changing times.

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Martha A. Lavallie
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