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Millennials in France - statistics & facts

Millennials, also known as the generation born between 1980 and 2000, made up about 30 percent of the French population in 2021. They are often depicted as individualistic, but tolerant and open-minded. In terms of religion, 41 percent were catholic and 43 percent non-believers in 2018. As for political involvement, 79 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds were registered in electoral lists in 2019, which is a decrease of almost 10 percent since March 2017. They were also the age group with the highest level of abstention in the 2021 regional elections.
Most millennials were living alone in 2018, and 2.7 million were registered in higher education during the 2019-2020 academic year. While their decision on what career path to choose is based on their understanding of their own wishes, many have an optimistic outlook about their professional future, as the unemployment rate for young people in France has been declining overall since 2015, reaching around 20 percent in 2020.

What makes millennials different from older generations?

Regarding health, most millennials reported being non-smokers and drinking alcohol less often than several times a month, which makes blackouts experiences after consuming too much less frequent. As for their sexuality, 22 percent of French people aged 18 to 30 find it difficult to cope with the fact that one might be a virgin in this age group. 42 percent of millennials did not have any sexual relations in the last year, whereas 44 percent had a regular sexual relationship with someone. The frequency with which this generation watches porn on a regular basis has become commonplace.
There are some discrepancies between the age groups, but common ground was found in 2019: French people, when asked how they were to describe millennials, thought of them as being individualistic, which was the same way millennials viewed themselves.

What do millennials like?

These tech-savvy young individuals like to spend between six and fifteen hours a week on videogames and spend as much as up to 100 euros on them.
While some might welcome a digital break, 62 percent of young people could not imagine going on vacation without their smartphones, which implies that surfing activities are taking place on their mobile internet rather than riding waves on the beach. Other than technology, French fashion is not a topic to be taken lightly. France is one of the most popular fashion hubs in the world, and most millennials aged 18 to 30 spend an average of 400 to 500 euros per year on clothing.
However, staying trendy, finding an adequate position in today's society seem difficult as traditional values are shifting, and employment models are restructuring themselves. Being an in-between generation, many experience a psychological impact (stress, mood swings, anxiety) on their well-being when dealing with challenging times.


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