Do You Think More Like a Baby Boomer or a Millennial?

By: Raj Chander
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Do You Think More Like a Baby Boomer or a Millennial?
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About This Quiz

There are some significant differences between baby boomers and millennials. And over the years, these differences have made for some wonderful cinema. 

2013's "The Internship," saw Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan teaming up with younger Google interns to win a job at the marquee internet company. The differences between the famous wedding crashers and the younger employees is the movie's main source of humor –a strip club scene is particularly memorable.

Even earlier than that, "The Devil Wears Prada" tells the tale of a demanding fashion editor who hires a new assistant and puts her through some serious trials on the job. Anne Hathaway's millennial entry-level worker is an excellent contrast with Meryl Streep's traditional, hard-charging baby boomer personality. It's a classic dynamic that has played out in many actual offices throughout the world.

Though there may be some differences in lifestyle choices and preferences between the two groups, at the end of the day, they are both still people, motivated by many of the same things. If you have ever wondered whether you were more of the millennial or baby boomer type, answer the questions in this quiz and we'll let you know if you've got the spirit of a traditional boomer or someone from Generation Y.

What is the best way to advance at work?
Working hard and eventually getting promoted
Getting promoted quickly or doing my own thing
I don't mind waiting for a promotion, but it can't take forever.
I wish there was a better way than just grinding it out at one place for years.

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We all know Millennials and Boomers have different housing preferences. What's your ideal type of home?
A townhouse in a suburb close to a major city
A condo in a cool outer neighborhood
A detached house in a gated community
A luxury apartment in the heart of downtown

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Would you ever wear bell bottoms?
Um, those are hideous.
In the right circumstances
Of course, they are sweet!
I'd consider it, but probably not.

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Which of these is your favorite movie series?
The Dark Knight
Toy Story
Harry Potter
James Bond

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What sport do you enjoy watching the most?
Basketball
Football
Golf
Tennis

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Do you care about living with your parents?
That'd be kind of embarrassing.
No, it's better than working a job I hate.
It's not my ideal choice, but if I had to it would be OK.
I wouldn't want to, but I don't see what the big deal is.

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What do you think about working for a startup?
I'd definitely consider it if it was the right opportunity.
I think the right one would be great.
It wouldn't be my first choice, but I'd probably be OK with it in the end.
It sounds fun!

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Who is your favorite celebrity athlete?
Aaron Rodgers
LeBron James
Brett Favre
Joe Montana

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How would you describe the amount of student loan debt you have?
None or very little
Quite a bit
Some, but not a lot.
More than $10,000

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What's the ideal reason for getting a job?
Getting a nice paycheck
Making a difference in the world
It's best to have both a good paycheck and satisfying work.
Money and culture matter, but the most important is to make a difference.

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How important do you think it is to participate in politics?
My parents taught me to always vote.
It's critical, our voices must be heard.
I try to do it when I can
I don't always participate, but want to do more.

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How often do you feel like you need to compete with your peers?
Pretty often, even though I know I shouldn't.
Eh, it doesn't matter that much what others are doing.
Only on certain things
It's very rare for me to be competitive, but it has happened.

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Do you ever use your smartphone when out to eat with someone?
No, that's disrespectful.
Sure, all the time
Only if I need to send a very urgent message or email
I try to minimize it, but I end up doing it.

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What do you find most appealing in advertisements?
A family in a nice house
A person depicted making a difference
People having nice things
People on a fun vacation

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Which of these places is your most likely vacation destination?
A beach house
A foreign hostel
A lake house
A museum in Europe

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What kind of music do you like?
Hip-hop
R&B
Classic rock
EDM

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Which of these job perks sounds best to you?
A pay raise
Remote working
The opportunity to take on my own projects
Free lunches

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How important do you think it is to own a home?
I think it would be good one day, but I'm not in a hurry.
I'd like to one day, but it doesn't matter that much.
It's something everyone needs to do
It doesn't matter that much

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How entrepreneurial are you?
I've thought about starting a venture, but nothing more.
I plan to be fully self-employed one day.
I've done a few part-time contracts, but that's it.
I freelance on the side to make extra income.

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How much do you value the ability to work remotely?
I actually prefer to be in the office.
A lot, my job has to offer that.
It's important, but there are other factors, too.
It's one of my top priorities.

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How religious are you?
I go to church regularly.
I'm not religious at all.
I'm faithful but I don't attend service much.
I believe in God, but I don't trust organized religion.

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How important is it to do things the way they have always been done?
I don't think it matters that much.
It's usually good if it's been working.
Not important at all – in fact, we should do the opposite.
Tradition is extremely important.

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What kind of clothing are you most likely to wear?
A two-piece suit
A hoodie and shorts
A polo and khakis
A T-shirt and jeans

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How do you typically pay bills?
I mail the company a check.
Online, of course
I use the phone.
Mostly online, but sometimes through check

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Are you more likely to text or talk on the phone?
A phone call is best.
Text
I use both equally.
I text more often than I talk.

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How much do you like avocado toast?
That sounds kind of gross.
It's awesome!
In the right context it can be good.
I like it once in a while.

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What kind of car are you most likely to drive?
Chevrolet
Tesla
Toyota
Audi

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Which of these art forms are you most likely to practice?
Playing guitar
Yoga
Painting
Coding

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If you were going to a musical concert, who would you want to see?
The Rolling Stones
Chance The Rapper
Jimmy Buffett
Jack Johnson

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How often do you send emails?
Just when at work
I send at least a few every day.
Sparingly, usually only when needed
A lot during the week, not as much on weekends

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