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Re: Here are all of the things millennials have been accused of killing
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2018, 02:58:48 PM »
The Death of Clothing

I'm reading a book right now called "The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class."

In theory (so to speak), it's a followup to Thorstein Veblen's "Theory of the Leisure Class" from the 1890s. Veblen is the one who coined the term "conspicuous consumption" (as well as conspicuous leisure and others). The author of Sum argues that the elite have shifted to inconspicuous consumption.

In other words, flashy clothes and cars have ceased to be status symbols. The new status symbols that define the elite are much less noticeable and usually much more expensive. They include things like college educations and lots of insurance (health insurance, of course, but as you go up the ladder, other forms too), breastfeeding, nannies, and so forth.

The breastfeeding chapter is fascinating on how and why breastfeeding became the province of the elite and how, as it turns out, there is no evidence that breastfeeding is actually better for a child. But among elite women on the coasts, that is gospel, and rates are hugely different in California vs Alabama and France.

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Re: Here are all of the things millennials have been accused of killing
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2018, 03:32:25 PM »
Make the Friends Happy, Don't Have a Wedding Party

See, like I say, I was a Millennial before those snot-nosed kids were born. And generally speaking, I do feel more akin to the Millennial Mindset than the Boomers, who are supposedly my cohort. In my case, no wedding party. Informal attire suggested. We requested that people not give gifts - our invitation read "Your presence is our present"

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Re: Here are all of the things millennials have been accused of killing
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2018, 08:03:26 PM »
Okay but some jobs are making a comeback due to Millennials.

Old-fashioned jobs making a comeback in modern America https://a.msn.com/01/en-us/BBIM7Q0

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Re: Here are all of the things millennials have been accused of killing
« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2019, 05:13:16 PM »
Antique show dealers see low prices, little youth interest | Miami Herald
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article225154105.html#storylink=rss

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Re: Here are all of the things millennials have been accused of killing
« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2019, 01:01:13 PM »
That makes sense. Antiques are a strange thing and I already feel a big gap between me and my parents (in terms of wanting to hold onto family heirlooms).

I think part of it is that my parents live within an hour of where most of their ancestors have lived since 1790 and within 4 hours of where most have lived since the early 1600s (which, by the way, is  true of most French Canadians)

The next gen even more so is not interested in carting a lot of stuff around, let alone buying other families' old stuff

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Re: Here are all of the things millennials have been accused of killing
« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2019, 04:11:22 PM »
Increasing urbanization and downsizing of homes has played into this a lot, I think.

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Re: Here are all of the things millennials have been accused of killing
« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2019, 06:31:11 PM »
Apparently, they've killed wall-to-wall carpet, too.

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After dominating for decades, wall-to-wall carpet’s share of the floor-covering market has plummeted since the millennium—from about 60% of sales to roughly one third

'Big Carpet' Wants This to End America's Love for Hardwood | Time
https://time.com/5602251/carpet-industry-hardwood-floors/