The proliferation of Millennials heading to med spas for noninvasive preventative treatments has led to some impressive growth in the industry. While Mom and Dad go to these places to smooth out the wrinkles, Millennials want to stop them before they start. A lot of their customer base is men, in fact, with 31 percent of Millennial men saying they're extremely likely to consider a surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure. In plain English, one in three dudes is willing to pay someone to laser their shaft if they think it'll impress a future paramour.
So why would a Millennial care about makeup and med spas in significant enough numbers to have en effect on the entire industry? Because you need to look good when you take an average of 25,000 selfies in your life. That may sound vain but, well, yeah. That's the point. You get Botox and you put on the makeup because you want to look good. And then you take the selfie because you did look good and feel like memorializing that. Circle of sexy life.
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They Love Public Libraries
Everyone hates libraries. Or at least politicians do, as evidenced by the fact even the president wants to make them go away. They're constantly under threat of losing funding and being banished to the Phanom Zone. After all, we have the internet, for god's sake. There is hope for the beleaguered library, however, and it's not just in the form of camgirls using them as places to masturbate.
Millennials are making use of libraries in massive numbers. 53 percent of Millennials had recently used a library in one survey, compared to 45 percent of Gen Xers and 43 percent of Baby Boomers. It's not just a hipster love of the Dewey Decimal System; it's because libraries are actually useful places to be. While older people seem to be out of touch with what a library offers these days, Millennials know that newfangled libraries often have access to technology a lot of people don't, including things like 3D printers. There are literacy programs for kids, community groups, and plenty of room to socialize. And it's all free. It's like they want you to go there!
Pundits who haven't been to a library in decades criticize them by saying they're obsolete, but they're actually ahead of the curve. Libraries have been pushing for innovation for 20 years, because they actually do want to stay relevant. Public libraries are places to gather, experience new shit, and do it at no cost -- the same thing they've been for a long time. It's not weird that Millennials want to go there. It's weird that other people don't. And you never know when you'll run into a masturbating camgirl.
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They Like To Read Off Of Actual Paper
Of course, a big reason libraries were supposed to be obsolete is that paper books and magazines were also supposed to be dead by now. Yet Millennials know there is just something special about paper. Postcards and printed books are both enjoying a renaissance at the hands of the people stereotypically uninterested in such things. If you're under 35, you're 55 percent more likely to send a postcard than someone over 35. Millennials are also twice as likely to have read a print book than one of those e-books that were supposedly destined to replace them.
There's some psychology at work here. People don't feel like they legitimately own e-books. There's no emotional attachment to them, no sense that you control the book and can do with it as you please. In an unexpected twist, however, it was older readers who saw more advantage in reading e-books instead of print books, owing to things younger readers wouldn't usually consider, like being more lightweight and the ability to zoom in on text.
As for mail, it's kind of the same thing. The physical aspect has a degree of specialness to it. You get something that had to be printed and sent out and has your name on it. That takes a hell of a lot more effort than a Nigerian Prince half-assing an email from his toilet. It's not about the actual words or information being conveyed, it's the emotional experience of receiving it, the little bit of sentimental value you can't measure in dollars.
All of this comes down to a generation that seems determined to find happiness in the little things. If it all seems wasteful or childish to you, you at least have to admit that none of it is as silly and counterproductive as Baby Boomers' favorite hobby, which is getting mad at Millennials.
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