Ahhhh, millennials. Whether you love or hate these avocado-loving specimens, you can’t deny that they’ve had a huge impact on society. Yep, those born between 1981 and 1996 have brought us an abundance of sourdough bread (yum) and intriguing coffee selections (the Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino can get right in our bellies), but they’ve also forced us to say goodbye to some of our favorite things.
We haven’t had to say ta-ta to raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens just yet, but millennials have ditched certain products over the years. Some they just do not need, and others just aren’t cool – and we’re not quite sure how to feel about it. At HypeGalore we’re giving you the low down on all of the items that are disappearing because millennials refuse to buy them, but you might not be happy about it…
They’re Not Lovin’ It
You’ve gotta love those golden arches, right? McDonald’s is one of those fast food joints that can become your saving grace in so many different situations. Hungover? McDonald’s. Can’t be bothered to cook? McDonald’s. Having an emotional breakdown? McDonald’s! Although we all love ol’ Ronald McDonald, it seems as though millennials aren’t as keen.
Apparently the millennials of this world prefer to eat food that isn’t deep-fried, and while we admire their commitment to health, we also do not understand one bit. How could you say no to McNuggets?! Although Mickey D’s have tried to reach out to the vegetarian millennials, their vegetarian burger and (fairly questionable) fruit bags just don’t cut the mustard. Or the ketchup.
Pumping Gas Is a Thing of the Past
No, we’re not talking about that situation you have to deal with every time you want to eat a bit of cheese. Some millennials are intolerant too, y’know. We’re talking specifically about cars and gas, and how millennials are rarely seen at the gas station – unless they want to update the content on their Instagram pages, that is. That’s because the number of 18-25-year-old drivers in the U.S is lower than ever.
And we all know that if you don’t have a car, there’s no need to buy any gas. That’s kinda how it works. This is largely due to the fact that millennials are flocking to cities where driving your own car just isn’t an option. You’ve either got to deal with the stench of public transport, get that heart pumping on your bicycle, or catch an Uber.
Beards Are in, Razors Are Out
You probably don’t need us to tell you that millennials love their beards. Their vanity cabinets are full of beard oils and balms, and many of them take more pride in their beards than anything else in their lives. While we have to commend them for their impressive ability to grow facial hair – something some people have a distinct lack of – the razor blade business is struggling.
Yep, sales of disposable razors have fallen drastically over the past few years and Gilette even tried to slash the price of their products by 12% in 2018 to make up for it. However, it seems as though more people are either embracing the beard or choosing more environmentally-friendly, reusable razors that will last much longer.
Cow’s Milk Is a No-Go
Nowadays, ordering a coffee at your local coffee shop is a gargantuan mission. But these baristas should know better than to ask whether you want a non-dairy-almond-milk-coconut-cream-whipped-foam-chino when you don’t have any caffeine in your system. Yet, that’s just the way the world is now. Cow’s milk is a no-go because millennials aren’t about that life.
Millennials love to milk everything, and there are many different reasons as to why the likes of pea milk and oat milk are so popular. Mainly it’s because these non-dairy milks are considered to be more sustainable for the eco-conscious, the vegetarian, or those who just love cows a little too much. In fact, sales of regular ol’ cows milk have dropped by 40% in the past 50 years.
Don’t Put a Cork in It
Don’t worry; millennials haven’t gone completely mad. Before you wonder whether they have ditched wine for pickled grapes or milked raisins, you’ll be happy to know that millennials do still drink wine. But these guys have realized that corked wine bottles are just not conducive with a practical, easy-going life.
When these guys take their wine bottles into the park for a picnic, the last thing they want to do is search through their Kånken backpack for a corkscrew. They tend to bypass this situation completely and buy screw-top bottles instead. Sure, they’re not as classy, but who really cares? Wine is wine, and that’s all they need to know.
Fabric Softener? What’s That?
Let’s be honest; dry cleaning just isn’t an option for most millennials. Dry cleaning is for those on The Real Housewives, fancy-schmancy lawyers, and those who work at the dry cleaners and whose boss gives them freebies. It’s not for the regular Joe or Josephine, which means that millennials either have to do their laundry at home or at their nearest laundromatte. But who has the money to use fabric softener?
Not millennials, that’s who. Between 2007 and 2015, sales of fabric softener dropped by an incredible 15% – and there’s no doubt about the fact that millennials are to blame. They don’t know what it is, they don’t know what they’re supposed to do with it, and they don’t have the extra 10-cents to pay for it. To be fair, neither do we.
Cereal Is Inconvenient
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we all know that cereal is the OG breakfast meal. Seriously, there’s nothing better than making your own buffet of cereal by adding Reese’s Puffs, Cap’n Crunch and Frosties together into one delicious bowl of sugary goodness. But try telling that to the ol’ millennials of the world. They just won’t listen.
When the New York Times surveyed millennials, 40% of them noted that cereal was just too “inconvenient” in the morning. After all, they have to find a bowl, find a spoon, AND buy the cereal?! That’s just too much. They would much rather head to their nearest Starbucks and buy themselves a vegan breakfast burrito instead.
Motorcycles Are for Schmucks
When was the last time you saw someone riding a motorcycle? And we’re not talking about those cute little Vespas millennials are using to pretend like they’re Emily in Paris. We’re talking about all-American, hot-rod style Harley Davidson’s and Kawasakis. You don’t really see them anymore, right? Well, millennials might have something to do with that.
In 2019, MoCo’s motorcycle sales were down 5.2% on the previous year, and that’s after years of a steady decline in popularity. Just as millennials don’t have the extra cash to spend on a car, they don’t have the kind of money to spend on a motorcycle either. More than that, they don’t have the time to cruise along the open road a-la Sons of Anarchy.
Irons Are Ancient Artifacts
Let’s be honest; nobody likes ironing. Actually, we’re sure there are a few strange people out there who use this chore to relax, but we’re not some of those people. Instead, we’re part of the large majority that find this task to not only be tedious… but also a ridiculous waste of time. So, we’re with millennials on this one.
The demand for irons and ironing boards has diminished over the years, because millennials just don’t have time for it. They don’t wanna iron their clothes, they don’t need to iron their clothes, and who really cares? If they want to get the wrinkles out of their outfit, they just get a straightening iron on it like the rest of us. Life hack 101 right there.
Wanna Go to the Movies? Nah
Remember movie theaters? They were once the ultimate day-off activity, they were the hottest date locations, and they were even a haven for couples who wanted to get cozy away from their parents’ houses. We used to love lining up for our tickets, filling up our popcorn bucket, and buying the biggest drink we could chug before the movie started. Those were the days.
Although many millennials do still go to the movies, numbers have dwindled over the years. With streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video offering all kinds of movies as part of your subscription, you can stay home and snuggle up on your couch with snacks that are loads cheaper without having to leave the house. You can even transform your backyard into a movie theater because people are geniuses.
Casual Dining? No Thanks
It’s always the way it goes. You head out to do some shopping or run some errands, you start to feel peckish, and the distant smell of food wafts your way and convinces you to buy some lunch. It’s almost as if they know we’re hungry. It would be easy to assume that millennials also fall into this trap of casual dining and eating out, but we guess not. Millennials are too cool for casual dining, those cool cats.
As a sub-species who prefer not to leave their houses, millennials have grown accustomed to having food delivered right to their doorstep. With the likes of Deliveroo and Uber Eats, they can have their favorite casual dining food… without actually having to casually dine. Unless by “casually dine” you mean sinking into their couch and getting hot sauce down their pajamas.
Soap in a Bar Is Soooo 2000s
Who knew that soap could be so divisive? That’s right, it turns out that the population of planet Earth is divided into two sections. There are those who use bars of soap, and there are those who use liquid soap. If you chose the latter option, there’s a high chance that you’re a millennial. Those guys love the stuff.
In fact, MarketWatch has noted that 60% of millennials stay away from bars of soap because they believe them to be extremely dirty. We don’t really know how that works when it literally cleans you, but that’s their logic. To make things even more confusing, one millennial trend that’s really taken off in the past few years is soap cutting. So they’ll cut it but they won’t use it, apparently.
Cruising Isn’t Cool
Visiting a new country destination every day, all-you-can-eat buffets, and constant sea views? Sounds like a boatload of fun if you ask us. But it seems as though millennials aren’t too keen on the idea of cruising. Despite the fact that you can now board cruises that have climbing walls, water slides, and celebrity guests, these guys just haven’t been won over by the cruise industry.
Many millennials believe that cruises are too restrictive, both in terms of the overall experience and the vacation itself. You have no choice about where you want to go or how long you have to explore, and you’re quite literally quarantined in the middle of the ocean. They obviously just haven’t grown into their sea legs yet…
Doorbells Ding No More
Hands up if you have a door with a doorbell? While you may be waving your hands in the air like you just don’t care, many millennials will have their arms firmly by their sides. That’s because the doorbell is on its way out, and we just don’t know how to feel about it. Perhaps we will spend our evening dinging our doorbell in solidarity.
One of the main reasons why doorbells aren’t dinged and donged as much as they used to is because many millennials live in apartment blocks where doorbells aren’t a thing. But nobody wants to press the wrong buzzer and deal with an awkward neighborly encounter, so they often just text the person they’re meeting instead. You know, from the front step.
Honeymoons? Nobody’s Got Time for That
For many couples, their prospect of a honeymoon is just as exciting as the wedding itself. They plan an exotic island destination, they book into the newlywed suite, and they book couples massages for every day of the week as they don their “wifey” bathrobe. But what if we told you that millennials haven’t got time for a honeymoon?
It might surprise you, but it turns out that millennials are now ditching their island vacations in favor of going back to work as soon as they say “I do.” Many will either book a mini-moon later on when they have more free time, or they just won’t go at all. Apparently, their schedules just don’t allow for Maria and Andres to rub them down in the hotel spa.
Hotels Just Aren’t Authentic
When you go on vacation, where do you stay? We’re gonna go ahead and assume that you stay in hotels, as they offer everything you could possibly need to enjoy some much-needed rest. They’re normally centrally located, the rooms are completely furnished, and you can even enjoy room service when that massage hits you right in the lazy bones. Hotels just aren’t authentic enough for millennials, though.
Yep, you guessed it. Millennials just don’t like how every single room in a hotel is the same. They don’t like how clinical they are. They basically don’t like anything about it, because where’s the culture? When millennials go on vacation, they stay in bustling hostels, homely Airbnb’s, glamping tents, and sometimes even farms. Because apparently, that’s a thing.
Golf Isn’t a Hole in One
Putting a small ball into a far-away hole with a metal stick may seem pretty mind-numbing to some people but… actually, no, we can’t defend it. Golf has been associated with the older generation for decades. It’s normally reserved for grandparents who want to spend their free time outside, businessmen sealing deals, and the odd youngster that seems to be a glitch in the system.
Although many millennials have tried golf – or at least a game of putt-putt – it seems as though it doesn’t top their list of priorities. Golf courses and the equipment that goes with this hobby is notoriously expensive, and these youngsters just don’t have the cash floating around to foot that bill.
They’ve Got Beef With Beef
No, they’re not ordering a steak with a double cheeseburger on the side. Quite the opposite, in fact. While there are many people out there who will shake their heads in disbelief and give their steaks a reassuring hug before eating it tonight, there are many millennials out there who don’t eat red meat. None. Not even beef.
This is largely because millennials are much more liberal and conscious about their place on this planet. Rather than eating beef, they want to eat tofu and seitan and stay away from any animal products. Plus, have you ever seen the price of beef?! The steaks – ahem – are high in the modern world, and they can’t afford to be spending their money on red meat.
They’re Not Going Mad for Mayo
If you cast your mind back to the early 2000s, the world was mayo mad. People would squeeze mayo into their sandwiches, they’d dip their chips into mayo, and we wouldn’t be surprised if some people enjoyed shooting mayo straight into their mouth. We would blame them. If you are one of those mayo lovers, you might be sad to hear that millennials aren’t going mad for mayo anymore.
In fact, it’s been noted that sales of mayonnaise began to drop so drastically a few years ago that manufacturers had to completely rethink their strategy. Millennials made no secret of the fact that they hated the animal products and fat content of the condiment, so vegan mayonnaise made its appearance. Has it helped bring back the mayo craze? The jury is still out on that one.
Gyms Have Been Taken Over
There are two kinds of people in this world. There are those who like to get up at the crack of dawn to get their endorphins pumping, and then there are those who would prefer to slob in bed all day. While we’re certainly the latter, there are many millennials who love to start their day with some exercise. But you won’t find them in a traditional gym.
It may seem surprising to learn that the number of people going to traditional gyms is declining. But it is not that millennials are skipping the workouts altogether, they are just choosing to do so elsewhere. From virtual workouts to exercise apps, why go to the gym when you could stay home? Millennials don’t like to leave the house, so it’s perfect for them.
Turkeys Are on Their Way Out
You’ve gotta love Thanksgiving dinner, right? From the candied yams to the stuffed turkey, this is a feast that millennials just can’t complain about… Or so we thought. Although millennials will no doubt accept a turkey dinner with all the trimmings when they head to their parents’ houses, only a small percentage would cook a turkey if they were on their own.
In their eyes, cooking a turkey is just too much hassle. They don’t have space in their oven to fit the bird in, they don’t want to stick their hands up the turkey’s you-know-what, and many of them just don’t know how to cook it. So, they normally stick to their nut-roast or their local Chinese take-out for their “Friendsgiving” event.
Bulk Isn’t Best
For many non-millennials, a trip to Costco is the ultimate day-out. You rock up with your ‘Executive Member’ card as though you’re P.Diddy and you spend those dollar dollar bills on 100 rolls of toilet paper, 60 cartons of orange juice, and enough pickles to feed a small country. That’s just the way bulk buying in Costco works, right? Well, the younger generation isn’t quite as taken as we are.
Millennials have had to rethink their priorities over the years. With many of them in entry-level jobs that pay just enough to pay their extortionate rent, they have very little money – or space in their apartment – to buy groceries or other items in bulk. Instead, they get little robots to deliver their goods if and when they need them. True story.
Diamonds Aren’t a Girl’s Best Friend
A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but those lips won’t be touching any diamonds anytime soon. Sure, there are still many millennials out there who love their diamond ring or dazzling earrings, but they’re certainly not as common as they used to be. Many millennials have an issue with how diamonds are sourced… and that’s not to mention the price. They have avocado on toast to buy, people. They’re not made of money.
If millennials do want to add a bit o’ bling to their jewelry boxes, they often opt for more unique and authentic options. They buy vintage jewelry full of stories from its past owners, they buy ethically-sourced or lab-grown diamonds, and they even scrap the diamonds altogether. Nope, diamond sales aren’t sparkling right now.
Cable Just Isn’t Netflix
You probably don’t need us to tell you that millennials are pretty impatient. These guys are used to having the news at their fingertips, food just a push of a button away, and television ready to stream at all hours of the day. Or most likely the middle of the night. Because of this, cable is something that millennials just don’t have time for.
Who wants to wait around for their favorite television show to start when they could find something on Netflix to binge-watch within minutes? While a series would take months to complete on cable, it would take hours on Netflix. So as much as cable is still trying to be cool, it’s still firmly placed in the loser section.
Fast Food Ain’t So Fast
There was once a time when kids would literally beg their parents to take them to their local fast food joint. They’d pull at their ankles and scream if they weren’t allowed their In-N-Out burger – but it seems as though those kids have now grown into fast-food-hating millennials. Funny how the world works, huh?
In recent years, some of the largest fast-food companies in the world have noticed dwindling customers. Despite the fact that they’re starting to offer vegan and vegetarian fast food for the environmentally-conscious millennials of the world, they’re not quite ringing that Taco Bell. Millennials prefer artisan cafes and healthy restaurants to Big Whoppers.
Don’t Put It on a Postcard
Once upon a time, we lived on a beautiful planet where people wrote love letters, telegrams, and postcards of their travels. Fast-forward to today, and millennials have nearly made postcards extinct. Of course, we don’t outright blame these youngsters. We blame society, where communication is easier than ever – even if you are halfway across the globe wearing a flower crown and canoeing in Tahiti.
Back in the day, around 20 million postcards were sent every single year. That’s now reduced to around five million, and that number is getting smaller and smaller as the years go by and social media gets more advanced. But let’s be honest; who really needs a postcard when travelers can post on Instagram and get their friends to like and subscribe to their travel vlog?
Life Insurance? They’d Rather Not
Life insurance is a bit like kale. You know you need it in your life because it’s good for you, but nobody really wants to acknowledge it. In this situation, millennials know that they’re getting older and should probably think about protecting their life and their future – but if they ignore it for as long as possible then it doesn’t matter. Right? Right.
It’s actually been noted that 75% of millennials don’t have life insurance, and that’s largely because they can’t afford it. With so many outgoings each month, adding another expense to their life is something they just can’t allow for. So, they go on their skiing vacations and climb rocks while keeping their fingers and toes firmly crossed.
When you invite your friends or family to your house, you probably whip out your finest china and your most delicate napkins to adorn your dining table. You dress it like the queen of England were coming to tea, right? Well, if you have been to a millennial’s home recently ,you may have noticed the distinct lack of napkins. Oh, and a lack of dining table.
With small apartments and a lack of motivation to cook, most millennials don’t have anywhere to host their dinner party guests – so do you really think they would have napkins? Nope. According to recent reports, only four in 10 households in the U.S have napkins. If you ask us, it’s all about the sleeves.
Anyone Know What a Landline Is?
Sorry, the millennial you’re calling can’t come to the phone right now because they haven’t used a landline since 2004. Neither has most of the world, to be honest. At least the older generation know how to use one and don’t just use it as a prop for their social media antics. Millennials just aren’t quite sure when it comes to these strange cords and dials.
However, it might surprise you to learn that 59% of millennials do have a landline phone in their home – but only because they have to. Most cable companies supply a landline as part of the package, but it’s safe to say that almost every single one of them uses their cell phone the majority of the time. You can’t get Instagram on a rotary phone, after all.
Their Parent’s Basement Will Do
For many millennials, getting onto the property ladder seems like a great idea until you realize that the ladder is made from the oldest wood in the world…. and completely on fire. Yes, it’s basically impossible. While millennials’ parents constantly drag them about the fact that they live in their basement or a tiny little apartment in the city, they don’t have many other options.
With housing prices increasing every single year, many millennials are fine with the quirky little basement set-up they’ve made for themselves. For some, that’s the only thing that they can afford – and the only thing they will ever be able to afford. Plus, millennials just don’t want to put down roots. They go where the wind takes them, man.
Sneakers vs Stilettos
Ahhh, do you remember the days where you would watch your friends force their feet into too-high stilettos and teeter around as if they were the newest penguin to the huddle? Good times. And painful. That’s because stilettos were all the rage back in the day, and women wouldn’t want to be caught out on the town with anything but a 6-inch heel underneath them.
Well, times have changed. While there’s no doubt about the fact that people do still wear heels that make their podiatrists pretty happy, millennials like to mix their footwear up a bit. Sure, they like heels as much as the next heel lover, but they also love sneakers. Billie Eilish and Kendall Jenner have made sneakers cool again. For that, our feet will forever be thankful.
Chip and Pin Are Their Best Friends
Money is so bizarre, isn’t it? Like how small pieces of paper can be worth so much? We may be thinking a little too deeply about those dollar bills, but maybe that’s because cash is slowly but surely making its way out of our lives. Before too long we’ll be paying via cryptocurrency and chips in our arms, and we have millennials to thank – or not thank – for that.
As technology has improved and new methods of payment have arrived, millennials have jumped on these bandwagons and started leaving their cash behind. 63% of millennials now pay with their credit cards and their phones, and on the one hand, we don’t really blame them. Why would you carry cash in your purse when you could let chip and pin do the hard work for you?
Big Beer Brands Are Done for
There’s nothing more refreshing than cracking open a cold one on a hot summer day, but when you choose your beer from the store, which one do you choose? A big brand you can trust? Or an independent brewery that you’ve never heard of before? You’d probably go for the first option, but millennials seem to be opting for the second.
While the likes of Budweiser and Corona used to be part of the beer big league, it seems as though millennials prefer either craft beers or other drinks entirely. Sure, they’re not ones to shy away from liquor, but they seem to prefer the likes of spirits and cocktails. Anyone for a cosmopolitan with a cotton candy garnish?
Business Suits Don’t Suit Them
You know that someone means business when they rock up to the office in their power suit, clickety-clackety heels, and silky smooth hair that just looks too good to be true. Okay, that may just be the case in movies, but it’s fair to say that power suits are the universal symbol for #GirlBoss. That used to be how millennials thought, anyway.
Nowadays, young millennials just aren’t about that power suit life. They’re either in their comfiest work from home getup (i.e their pajamas), or they’re holding onto their company’s relaxed dress code and wearing jeans and cute jumper. You don’t need a suit to be successful of course, we just kinda miss them, you know?
Canned Food Is Pretty Fishy
For many Boomers and Generation Xers, canned food is a staple in their home. They have all kinds of cans in their pantry, from canned fish to canned tomatoes. If you can can it, they probably have it. But sales of canned food have gone down over the past few years, and it seems as though millennials have a good reason for that.
In today’s day and age, millennials prefer to either make their food fresh, or get someone else to make it for them. They’re not about that cooking life, and they’re not big fans of processed food. Sure, they’ll pickle their own kimchi, but god forbid they’d eat tuna from a can. Only 32% of millennials would even consider buying canned tuna, in fact.
In-Store? Nah, on-Line
There was once a time when department stores were all the rage. Teenagers couldn’t wait to head to the mall and check out the latest clothes in Macy’s, and the changing rooms were full of excitement and cheer. Well, department stores are no more. Okay, that’s a little bit dramatic, but it’s not too far from the truth. Department stores are struggling, and millennials have a lot to do with it.
In a world where anything can be bought online, millennials are choosing to buy their clothes online rather than in-store. They’re using the internet to kit out their wardrobe, and they’re not even leaving their apartments. It’s easy, it’s practical, and it’s also super comfortable. We’re a little partial to online shopping ourselves, we must admit…
Cooking? Erm, No Thanks
When you mix one cup of ingredients with one millennial, you make a serious mess that you will not want to eat. Seriously, you have to trust us on this one. Although the parents of millennials have tried countless times to pass on their cooking abilities and family recipes, it seems as though millennials aren’t having any of it.
Not all of the time, anyway. With subscription boxes that drop readily-prepared food to your doorstep and take-out options everywhere, there’s really no need for millennials to do any of their own cooking. For the same price as buying groceries, they could let someone else do the hard work for them – and by 2030 it’s expected that 10% of the food services market will consist of online food delivery.
“I Do” Has Become “I Don’t”
For the older, more traditional generations, marriage was just a way of life. You found the person of your dreams – or nightmares in some people’s cases – and then you got married before having babies and living the American dream. But times have changed, and it seems as though millennials have to really think about their life and their future before they commit to saying “I do.”
In fact, more and more of them are saying “I don’t.” In 2019, only 44% of millennials had a ring on their finger compared to 53% of Genz X and 61% of Boomers when they were the same age. Some just don’t see the point of getting married, and others are perfectly happy staying single and sticking it to the man.
Stocks Are Slacking
Millennials may love The Wolf of Wall Street, but we have a feeling that that’s more for Leonardo DiCaprio than anything else. Despite the fact that they have a keen interest in how to make money and be successful in life, millennials aren’t turning to the stock market in an effort to make their millions.
Barron’s has noted that only 13% of millennials would invest their hard-earned money into the stock market. Of course, when you think about it, it’s not hard to see why. These guys were just youngsters when the stock market crashed, but they probably still remember the effects it had on the world. Why risk it? It’s a no from them.
Soda Is So Not Cool Anymore
Not long ago, health professionals and the powers-at-be were trying to convince the world to stay away from soda and pop. We were told that it rots your teeth, we were told that it was full of sugar, and we were told that it was a gateway to obesity. Nobody listened back then, but it turns out that millennials have started to listen again recently.
Despite the fact that Pepsi and Coca-Cola used to be some of the biggest soda brands out there, sales started to dramatically drop back in 2006. Millennials are now ditching these drinks in favor of iced tea, flavored water, and other drinks that don’t make your nose crinkle and fizz with the bubbles. In an effort to bring back the millennial market, Diet Coke released a new ad in 2018 to target millennials. It didn’t really work.