Despite being referred to as one of the laziest generations in history, the millennial work ethic is actually quite admirable. So much so, that what millennials are willing to sacrifice for career advancement and financial security might just be what leaves them single for life. Yep, you read that correctly. Millennials care more about making money than making babies.
According to a survey of 364 single employed millennials without children, Comet discovered how many young people would stay single to focus on work and how many would break up with a significant other if it meant getting a promotion or raise.
Staying Single For Promotions
The survey found that more than 2 in 5 millennials were willing to end a relationship if it meant getting a significant or life-changing promotion at work. That's some tough love right there. Not entering a relationship to focus on your career is one thing, but ending a current relationship for career advancement? That's going above and beyond. Sacrifices must be made when it comes to cash, it seems.
Additionally, the average respondent admitted they were willing to stay single for 11 years, delay marriage for seven years, and wait to have children for eight years if it meant scoring the right opportunities. In conclusion, if you're looking for a simple way to characterize millennials, it's the exact opposite of baby boomers.
Staying Single For The Money
When it came to financial security, the results were about the same as career advancement. Nearly 1 in 3 millennials surveyed were willing to end a relationship if it meant getting a considerable raise at work and would stay solo for eight years, on average, to make significantly more money.
Another shocking stat was that for $37,000, the average respondent would end a relationship completely. In addition, for $64,000 millennials would put a pause on both marriage and having children.
At the end of the day, call them what you will, but millennials know what they want and they aren't afraid to make sacrifices for it. Although we find it slightly disconcerting that so many of them would be willing to postpone having children and getting married, it's reassuring to know that the future of the world is in the hands of such a dedicated generation.
To read the full study head on over to Comet.
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