Why millennials on the cusp of middle age failed to boom

The great irony of the ironic "OK boomer" trope being enthusiastically used by millennials is that they themselves are the older generation to which the term increasingly applies.

The millennial generation - generally defined as those born in the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s - is approaching middle age. In less than two months, the oldest of this group will turn 40.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2019, with the headline 'Why millennials on the cusp of middle age failed to boom'. Subscribe