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S1E20: The Newly Olds

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Is your generation your identity? What happens when your actual life starts to veer away from the story of your life? In this episode, we take a look at the way some members of the Millennial generation are starting to experience a mid-life identity crisis as they realize that they did in fact become married, home-owning, parenting adults with retirement savings. We examine these “getting older” Millennial narratives and what the data tells us about what’s really going on with Millennials (on average).


  • Generational differences and life experiences.5:35
  • Millennial identity and generational anxiety.12:20
  • Gen X’s economic status and the narrative around it.17:23
  • Millennials’ marriage and life milestones.21:09
  • Marriage, homeownership, and financial stability in the US.27:55
  • Fertility trends and age of first-time mothers.30:40
  • Millennials’ changing attitudes towards parenthood and aging.35:59
  • Mortgage debt by generation, challenging stereotypes.42:18
  • Retirement savings and generational differences.51:29
  • Millennials’ identity crisis and expectations.57:29


In The Demo, a podcast about how stories of groups are created, subverted and destroyed. On the first season, we pursue the origins of the Millennial Myth. Farrah Bostic is the founder and Head of Research & Strategy of, The Difference Engine, a strategic insights consultancy focused on helping business leaders make decisions. Adam Pierno, author and brand consultant and managing director of brand strategy at Arizona State University. Our host is voiced by Eliza, a robot created by

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