It is often said that Millennials are extremely different from generations before. They value accomplishment over time logged, yoga pants over jeans, and inclusion over exclusion. Research by Accel and Qualtrics examined how Millennials differ from other generations in terms of values. Millennials are more likely to want pets than children. Approximately 44 percent of Millennials reported not wanting children or not having decided yet. Only 27 percent reported not wanting a pet. Over 80 percent of Millennials said that the ideal time to marry is before 30 years old, much older than other generations.
Millennials also differ in their views on pay. Millennials are more likely than other generations to say that government should cap executive pay at private companies. Nearly 80 of Millennials agreed with this. Sixty-seven percent of Gen Xers supported this. However, 58 percent of Boomers say that government should cap executive pay at private companies. More Millennials (86 percent) also believe that everyone is entitled to a living wage.
Millennials are more likely to think globally than other generations. Only 38 percent of Millennials said that being American is “extremely important”. Forty-seven percent of Gen Xers reported being American is “extremely important”. However, 62 percent of Boomers felt this way.