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Are you in your 20s and feeling old? That's fine — 20 is the new 40

You don't have to wait until you're 40 to start doing 40-year-old things. In fact, a lot of the practices may start happening in your 20s.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: September 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm •  Published: September 3, 2014
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Don’t fret about how old you feel — 20 is so the new 40.

Or, at least, that’s what The Telegraph’s Rachel Dove wrote in her recent piece, which said that today’s millennials are acting a lot older than they actually are. According to Dove, young people are acting more like their parents than people previously thought.

“Though we are more socially liberal and accepting than previous generations when it comes to things such as gay marriage and euthanasia,” Dove wrote, “we are likely to be more politically right-wing than our parents or grandparents were at the same age.”

It’s a common-held belief that people get more conservative with age and that young people tend to be more liberal. Millennials seem to be bucking that trend. In fact, 53 percent of millenials want political candidates who are socially liberal and fiscally conservative, according to a report by Reason-Rupe.

But politics aside, millennials are following older practices despite their young age. Here are 11 things that millennials are doing now that make 20 the new 40.

Young people are living an easier lifestyle

It’s the prime of your life. Go out, party and celebrate every day like it’s your last (#YOLO). That’s what millennials are prone to hearing, but it isn’t what they’re actually doing. A recent study by NPD Group found that 75 percent of millennials are using their TVs for Netflix, YouTube and other application programs to watch television.

But it’s not just watching — they’re binge watching (which is usually watching three or four episodes in a row of a specific TV show). According to a study by Miner & Co. Studio, 61 percent of millennials are frequent binge watchers of television shows — 17 percent of whom binge watch on a daily basis. So instead of going out and living each day, it seems the majority of American millennials are hanging out at home and watching Netflix.

Young people are reading the news

It’s no secret many Americans get their news from Facebook. And with a recent survey finding that the best way to reach millennials is to send things out on social media, the perception would be that millennials are getting all, or most, of their news from social media.

Wrong. A study from ComScore found that American millennials are reading the news from a variety of sources, with BuzzFeed, The New York Times, Gawker, Complex and The Wall Street Journal topping the list. Seems millennials are still sucking up their news from traditional publications, even if the platform is different.

Millennials are traveling

One of the biggest positives of retirement — and something that retirees are seeking out more and more when they reach retirement age — is traveling. As Forbes’ Deborah L. Jacobs wrote back in March of this year, retirees are saving up and living out their dreams by traveling. But they’re not the only ones. Millennials may also be the new face of travel.

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