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WORK-LIFE BALANCE / SEP. 05, 2015
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September Millennial Data

The end of summer has been a busy time for millennials; in the past thirty days, we have learned that millennials are quite fastidious when it comes to how people spell and use grammar, raise your hand if you expected that. On a much more positive note, the Wall Street Journal released a list of the top twenty jobs for millennials this year, it’s apparent that these jobs can help pay off millennials’ debts faster than was anticipated. We’ve also learned that millennials tend to use their cellphones for no reason at all, at times, while a piece of news that didn’t shock many was that millennials are spending more than they’re saving. Moreover, a recent transportation study found that American millennials would prefer to walk and want a shorter commute. 

See Also: August Millennial Data

1. Are Millennials 'Grammar Nazis'?

Millennials, known for their obsession with LOL, LMAO and OMG, have quite a bit of disdain for those that do not use proper spelling and grammar in their communications, says a new study by Dictionary.com. 

According to the survey of more than 2,000 respondents, 80 percent of Americans over 18 consider themselves to be excellent spellers, but 71 percent constantly find spelling and grammatical errors in correspondence from others. For those between 18 and 34, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) reported to being annoyed by such mistakes on social media. When looking at all age demographics, 59 percent said spelling and grammar slip ups were their biggest pet peeves. Women tend to notice such errors more than men, with 75 percent and 66 percent, respectively. 

So what specifically irks millennials and their older counterparts? Here is what the online Harris Poll found: 

  • Typos on restaurant menus, store signs and ads (59 percent). 
  • Misspellings of "February" and "Definitely" (38 percent and 31 percent, respectively). 
  • Misuse of "there, they’re and their" (46 percent). 
  • Violation of the old rule: "I before e except after c" (30 percent). 

"While we’d assume they’d be accustomed to seeing and using abbreviated speech and lingo because they are a tech-savvy generation, we actually found that they have much higher standards," said Liz McMillan, Dictionary.com CEO, in a statement. "The poll was a great way to get a sense for how people really feel about the way we communicate, whether through our speech, social media posts or even signs and restaurant menus." 

2. 20 Top Jobs for Millennials in 2015

Are you on the verge of entering college or are you already drowning in student loan debt? The Wall Street Journal released a chart that listed the top 20 jobs for millennials in the United States. The newspaper explained that these jobs can help you pay off your student loan debt quicker. 

Authors compiled this list by taking into account the job’s median salary, the position’s projected growth over the next several years and whether there is a large or small number of young people already working in this sector. The sources used to create the chart were the U.S. Department of Labor and Young Invincibles. 

A quick glance at the chart will obviously highlight the fact that the most lucrative jobs are in the STEM, trades and healthcare fields as opposed to social work or philosophy.

Physician Assistants $90,930  Therapists $70,000 
Actuaries $93,680  Logisticians $72,780 
Statisticians $75,560  Financial Analysts and Advisers $71,770 
Biomedical Engineers $86,960  Software Developers and Programmers $87,100 
Computer and Information Scientists $102,190  Pharmacists $116,670
Marketing Specialists $60,300  Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $95,450 
Nuclear Engineers $104,270  Public Relations Specialists $54,170 
Elevator Installers and Repairers $76,650  Credit Analysts $61,080 
Petroleum Engineers $130,280  Agents and Business Managers $63,370 
Dental Hygienists $70,210  Dieticians and Nutritionists $55,240 
Geological and Petroleum Technicians $52,700  Medical Scientists $76,080

3. Millennials Use Their Cellphones for no Reason

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When you go to a restaurant, do you notice a lot of young people sitting together but looking at their mobile devices? Or you might have stumbled upon a social gathering where a lot of the millennials spent the majority of their night starting at their smartphones. Well, it turns out there are a lot of reasons for this behavior, what’s even more fascinating though is that at times there’s absolutely no reason at all for this behaviour.  

A new survey by the Pew Research Center discovered that 90 percent of all adults surveyed conceded to using their cellphone during the latest social gathering. But the millennial data are a lot more interesting. It turns out millennials are more likely than any other age group to maintain these behaviors with their cellphones. 

Millennials will use their phone at a social gathering to browse the Internet, read a text message or, and this is the kicker, for no particular reason. That’s right, a millennial will just whip out their iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or BlackBerry (yeah, right!) for the heck of it. To be fair, their older counterparts are guilty of doing the same thing. 

According to the Pew researchers, millennials take their smartphones out at parties for the following reasons:

  • Take a photo or video (70 percent). 
  • Receive an incoming call (60 percent). 
  • Search or browse the Internet (49 percent). 
  • Place a call (47 percent). 
  • Read a text message or email (82 percent). 
  • Send a text message or email (75 percent). 
  • Use a mobile application (57 percent). 
  • Check to see if they’ve received any alerts (55 percent). 
  • For no particular reason (35 percent). 

So why do millennials conduct themselves in such a manner? Ostensibly, it’s because they were no longer interested in what the group was doing; they wanted to connect with people who were strangers to the group; they wanted to avoid participating in the topic of conversation; or they just wanted to avoid interacting with people.

 

4. Millennials Spending More Than Saving

This may not be news to a lot of people, but millennials are spending more than they’re saving. A new study by Forbes magazine reported that millennial consumers’ spending has exceeded saving, and this doesn’t bode well for their future. This is especially important to report because it has been rather common for millennials to delay adulthood. 

Unfortunately, the survey of 1,300 respondents found that the generation doesn’t plan to change its money habits, with more than half (57 percent) of millennials conceding that their spending habits won’t change. However, the rest of the millennial generation is planning to create budgets to get a grip on their spending. In addition, the survey found that close to three-quarters (71 percent) would prefer to buy a car than rent one, and 59 percent would prefer to rent a home instead of buying one. Interestingly, millennials would prefer to acquire a car while still living with their parents. 

When it comes to technology, is there any question? Eighty-seven percent will use two to three devices each day, while 39 percent will purchase a tablet in the next five years. Also, nearly one-third (30 percent) will buy a wearable device soon. 

“One bad habit I have is spending money on childish things that are way less important than school,” psychology sophomore Erwin Ellongsaid told the news outlet. “I love soccer and I tend to buy Manchester United gear or the new FIFA game that comes out every year.” 

At least they’re honest.

5. U.S. Millennials Want Cozy Developed Communities

Millennials prefer walking to driving, want shorter commutes to and from work and to live in attached housing, at least that’s what the 2015 National Community and Transportation Preference Survey found. National Association of Realtors and the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University poll found that millennials would prefer to live within walking distance of stores and restaurants and would rather live in communities where people do not need to drive long distances to get to and from work or stores. 

Nearly half (48 percent) of millennials would also like to live in attached housing with small yards. They’d prefer to live at an easy walking distance from their developed community’s amenities. This contradicts the conventional opinion that millennials dream of living in the big city, in shoebox or mosquito-sized condominiums. 

Overall, millennials are very much in favor of expanding public transportation and offering transportation alternatives to driving, like biking and walking. Millennials are even more supportive of these ideas than older generations. 

Chris Polychron, National Association of Realtors president, said in a statement that realtors today don’t just sell homes but rather neighborhoods and communities. Polychron notes this is important to help and revitalize neighborhoods that were once places to avoid. 

“Realtors aid in improving and revitalizing neighborhoods with smart growth initiatives, helping create walkable, urban centers, which is what more Americans want in their neighborhoods," said Polychron. "While there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all community, more and more homebuyers are expressing interest in living in mixed-used, transit-accessible communities.”  

See Also: July Millennial Data 

So there you have it, another summer has gone by and millennials haven’t learned that they should be saving more. And while they might check their phones for no reason, that doesn’t mean you should get comfortable in sending them texts or emails with grammar or spelling mistakes.

What is your opinion of the latest data of millennials? Let us know in the comment section.

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