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According to journalist and self-proclaimed “Old Millennial” Jesse Singal, millennials in their 30s live vastly different lives than millennials in their 20s. Alienated by the millennial stereotype, Singal questions the usefulness of putting all millennials into the same basket. getAbstract recommends Singal’s essay to human resources professionals and anybody interested in this influential yet enigmatic generation. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why “Old Millennials” have started to diverge from the millennial stereotype,
  • What two important events drove a wedge between old millennials and “Young Millennials,” and
  • How the lifestyle of middle-class millennials in their 30s is starting to resemble that of their parents.

About the Author

Jesse Singal is a New York–based journalist and a senior editor for the New York Times Magazine’s website.



The US Census Bureau defines millennials as the generation born between 1982 and 2000. Casual observers and sociologists, however, are starting to detect significant differences between “Old Millennials” and “Young Millennials.” Two events in particular helped shape the worldview and lifestyle of young millennials when they were still teenagers, differentiating millennials born in the 1990s from their older counterparts in profound ways.  

The first defining event was the 2008 financial crisis. Old millennials already had a job or still managed to get one before the crisis hit the job market...

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