Today’s Millennial Pins: March 1, 2016

Here are today’s pins.

location_pin_sphere_red Today is Super Tuesday. Here’s what you need to watch for, per the New York Times. This could spell the end of the road for Bernie Sanders, whose Millennial voting bloc will be watched closely. Will some of them jump to Hillary Clinton?

location_pin_sphere_red The Los Angeles Times reports that less than 20 percent of residential construction in the last few years has been on “entry-level properties.” The real boom market? Retirement-style housing for Baby Boomers. Millennials aren’t driven to new homes like their forerunners.

location_pin_sphere_red You may have heard about the Millennials-don’t-eat-cereal debate, which had one Washington Post Wonkblogger suggest that Millennials don’t munch on Cheerios much anymore because they’re lazy. The data, at least, says Millennials don’t want to clean up after eating cereal.

Just a quick point on this: Plenty of Millennials still rent and probably don’t have dishwashers. Also, Millennials are much more on-the-go than previous generations, and have grown up with many more “on-the-go” options than previous generations.

The Wonkblogger alludes to this, but still decides Millennials are too lazy to clean bowls. It’s always much more than that one simple answer.

location_pin_sphere_red Instead of installing sleek, modern lounge areas and workstations for the Millennial traveler, hotels maybe should focus more on pure cleanliness. Hotel room values shrink to $38 for business travelers and $23 for leisure travelers when this one word is uttered in an online review: bedbug.

location_pin_sphere_red By the way: there was another school shooting Monday, this one at Madison High School in Ohio. Four kids were injured.

With that, here’s a New York Post piece about how media these days seems to be focusing on child abductions, kidnappings and other ultra-scary situations, frightening parents nightly. While the piece seems to scare more than necessary, there’s a real point to make here: the media can really mess us up. I’ve written about it.

Millennials came of age during this instant and extreme media age. The nightly news, and our cable news networks, skew our understanding of the frequency of violent events ion our society. And television shows about abductions, movies about scary adults, and commercials about safety-safety-safety help solidify this skewed understanding.

The world is a far less dangerous place than we think. For Millennials, though, it may be too late to understand this – 30 years of media conditioning is a lot to overcome.

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