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Nearly Half Japan's Millennials Are Virgins

A large number of 18- to 34-year-olds aren't just not having sex, they've never had it

(Newser) - While America might more typically worry about what its youth are doing, Japan spends a lot of time worrying about what they're not doing , and what they're not doing is having sex—at all, apparently. A new government survey suggests that the country's millennials are not only... More »

Millennials Now Outnumber Baby Boomers

And that could mean big changes in America

(Newser) - For decades, Baby Boomers have been the most powerful generation in the US, driving everything from culture to the economy, CBS News reports. Well, no more. According to Pew Research , Millennials officially overtook Baby Boomers to become the biggest generation in the US this month. Numbers released by the US... More »

MTV Names Post-Millennial Generation

Now we've got 'Founders' in the fray with baby boomers, Gen X, and millennials

(Newser) - Baby boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials looking for a new group to blame the woes of the world on, rest easy: Whether we wanted them to or not, higher-ups at MTV—or, rather, "arrogant marketing dolts at the increasingly irrelevant basic cable channel," as Don Kaplan writes for... More »

America Is Full of 23-Year-Olds

Last year, that age group (then 22) overtook boomers

(Newser) - The New York Times takes note of a demographic milestone in the US: Twenty-somethings have overtaken the baby boomers. Last year, the largest single age group in the country was 22-year-olds, followed by 23- and 21-year-olds. Boomers finally showed up in fourth place, represented by 53-year-olds. In fact, people in... More »

OK, Obama, Romney: Stop Lying About the Budget

Robert Samuelson argues that candidates should actually be honest

(Newser) - Truth may be the first casualty of war, but it's also in low supply on the campaign trail, writes Robert Samuelson in the Washington Post . The nut of the problem: "a yawning gap between the political rhetoric and the country's budget problems," he writes. "And... More »

Want to Be 100? Sleep and Eat Right

Spirituality and socializing also help

(Newser) - What can you do to live for more than a century? Researchers from UnitedHealthCare surveyed a group of centenarians and collected advice on achieving longevity. Here are their tips, courtesy of SmartMoney : More »

Downturn Slams Gen-Xers; Boomers, Not So Much

Housing prices are the real culprit

(Newser) - The recession is hurting most of us, but Gen X has taken the brunt of it—thanks to housing prices that fell off a cliff 5 years ago and are still tumbling. Consider the 30-year-old Gen-Xer who bought a house in 2006 for $250,000. That value has now dropped... More »

Baby Boomers Blowing Through Kids' Inheritance

Half of boomers don't care about leaving money to children, survey says

(Newser) - You might not be able to take it with you when you go, but many baby boomers aren't about to leave anything behind, either. Just 49% of millionaire boomers say it's important to leave money to their children when they die, reports the LA Times . The study by... More »

For Retiring Boomers, 401(k)s Fall Short

For many, it means postponing retirement or picking up part-time work

(Newser) - With the first baby boomers beginning to retire, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at how well their 401(k)s are holding up. Conclusion, in the form of a question: What kind of part-time work would best suit you in your golden years? Most households don't have anywhere near the... More »

Happy 65th Birthday, Baby Boomers

This generation will be redefining old age

(Newser) - Today is more than just New Year’s Day for the oldest of the baby boomers: It’s also their 65th birthday. “The generation that once sang of teaching the world to sing in perfect harmony, and then buying it a Coke,” writes Dan Barry in the New ... More »

Baby Boomers Think They're Sexperts

Women more confident than men, poll finds

(Newser) - Baby boomers are pretty confident they’re experts in the bedroom—particularly women. Some 59% of women aged 45 to 69 believe they know “all about sex”, according to an poll; 48% of their male counterparts think the same of themselves. Meanwhile, 48% of 45- to 55-year-old... More »

1 in 5 Drivers Will Soon Be 65 or Older

Baby boomers will outlive their driving ability

(Newser) - As the baby boomer generation enters old age, the graying of America may be felt dramatically on the road. In 15 years, 1 in 5 drivers will be 65 or older, reports AP . The NTSB is already trying to gauge the impact that might have—though smart cars and smart... More »

Among Baby Boomers, Suicides Rise

Peace and love morphing into disappointment, say experts

(Newser) - The Summer of Love is long gone for Baby Boomers, who now appear to be experiencing a Season of Suicides. "So many expected to be in better health and to be better off than they are," said Julie Phillips, lead author of a new study examining changes in... More »

Boomers, You've Got 19 Years to Redeem Yourselves

Fix this economic mess before you check out

(Newser) - Fair or not, baby boomers get a bad rap for being a self-indulgent bunch who pale in comparison to the Greatest Generation of their parents. Boomers need a legacy, writes Michael Kinsley in the Atlantic . "It ought to be patriotic. And it ought to be accomplished by the time... More »

Gen-Xers More Loyal to Religion Than Baby Boomers

Researchers blame it on the '1960s effect'

(Newser) - Despite Generation X’s reputation as embracing the unconventional, Gen-Xers are actually more likely than Baby Boomers to remain loyal to religion. A new survey shows Boomers are a full 40% to 50% more likely to abandon their faith than Gen-Xers, Scientific American reports. Researchers say the expanded "religious... More »

Baby Boomers Turning Their Backs on Obama

They're leaning Republican after voting for him in 2008

(Newser) - Potentially big trouble for President Obama and the Democrats, writes Doyle McManus: They're losing the baby boomers. Polling shows the over-50 set "leaning increasingly Republican," even though they generally voted for Obama in 2008 and for congressional Democrats in 2006. Assuming they hold, the defections will likely hurt... More »

Welcome to the Real World; It Stinks

Class of 2010 has dim prospects and unrealistic expectations

(Newser) - A meeting with a childhood friend of his twentysomething son—an Ivy League grad making $250 a week as an intern with a street fair—got Joe Queenan thinking. His inescapable conclusion: the millennials are screwed. "With the obvious exception of youngsters born during the Great Depression," Queenan... More »

Job Market Rough on Baby Boomers

Unemployment for 55-and-older set highest since WWII

(Newser) - The economy may be showing signs of recovery, but the job prospects for out-of-work baby boomers remain troubling, reports NPR . The unemployment rate among the 55-and-older set hit 7.2%, the highest since the end of World War II. And while that may be lower than the overall rate, older... More »

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