Inflation Burnout: Younger Consumers Are Fed Up With Hearing About It

Gen Z and millennials have a unique outlook when it comes to inflation.  

They’re sick of hearing about it, judging by Consumer + Business Inflation Outlook Report, a study by Scorpion.  

Of the younger cohorts polled, 42% are “often” concerned about inflation, versus 55% of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers. 

And 23% of Gen Zers and Millennials are tired of hearing about the subject, compared to 12% of Gen Xers and Boomers. 

Younger shoppers in particular appreciate useful content, and 31% appreciate when brands take the time to stay in touch (e.g., with calls, mailers, emails), compared to 29% of Gen Xers and Boomers.   

Meanwhile, 34% of Gen X and Boomers will spend more time evaluating different providers, compared to 275 of Gen Zers and Millennials. And 57% of the older group will look around for deals and promotions, compared to 41% of younger consumers. 



Moreover, 49% will look for ways to “do it myself,” versus 44% of Gen Zers and Millennials.

And trust? The biggest confidence builder is to “explain what is being done to keep my cost low” (52% of Gen Xers and Boomers, compared to 35% of Gen Zers and Millennials). 

Forty-six percent of the more senior groups like brands to “break down pricing so I see what I am paying for,” compared to 36% of the younger groups. 

In addition, 43% of Gen Xers and Boomers appreciate the willingness to extend pricing terms compared to 34% of the more junior groups. And 44% of Gen Xers and Boomers appreciate excellent service, they say, "even though I could not afford it at the time."

Here are the factors affecting purchase decisions: 

  • Coronavirus — 39%
  • Medical costs — 25% 
  • Inflation — 76%
  • Job market — 20%
  • Investments (e.g., stocks, crypto) — 17% 
  • None of the above — 6%

And here the inflationary impacts by generation: 

  • Gen Z — 64%
  • Millennials — 71% 
  • Gen X — 85%
  • Baby Boomers — 85%

Scorpion surveyed 1,000 consumers. Of those, Gen Zers and Millennials are nearly  3x more likely to trust social media than Gen Xers and Boomers. The latter are 50% more likely to turn to TV for inflation and economic news.  

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