Do You Solve Problems More Like a Baby Boomer or a Millennial?

LIFESTYLE

Elisabeth Henderson

6 Min Quiz

Your boss calls you in and informs you that your work is not up to par lately. How do you behave at work after that?

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Your water bill indicates a major leak in your home. How do you go about fixing it?

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You have class tomorrow and you don’t have the book you are supposed to read. What will you do about the homework?

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Your internet stopped working in the middle of your show. How do you avoid freaking out?

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You need to pay a medical bill that arrived in the mail. How will you first try to pay it?

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If you had to move to a new city with only a two-week notice, how would you find a place to rent?

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When you were driving home from a friend’s house, your tire went out and left you stranded. What can you do to get off the side of the road?

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It’s two hours before the house party starts, and your toilet just broke. How can you fix it in an emergency?

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While on a hike in the woods, you sprain your ankle pretty badly. How do you get home?

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When you plug too many things in an outlet and the power goes out in your house, what’s the first step you take to fix it?

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You just graduated from college and don’t have a job yet. What kind of work will you look for?

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You’re planning a dinner party, but you haven’t figured out what to cook yet. How will you find something delicious to make?

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The street you live on has many stray dogs wandering around. What are you likely to do about them?

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After living in a rented home for a few months, you realize the place is crawling with fleas. How will you deal with the "occupants"?

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You have been asked to lead a conversation about a topic that you really don’t know that much about. How are you going to prepare?

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You and your friend are splitting a hotel room. You made the reservations and paid online. How will they pay you back?

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You’re finally in your own home, but you realize your neighbor always blows their leaves into your driveway. What approach will you take to address this annoyance?

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Your sibling is in a relationship that’s really damaging to them as a person. What kind of intervention will you make?

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While trying to learn how to ride a long board on a Saturday night, you wipe out and are pretty sure you dislocated your shoulder. How are you going to take care of it?

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You need to ask the folks you hired to landscape your yard to make some changes, but they only speak Spanish. How can you communicate with them?

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While you are driving to see a movie with friends, you realize that you don’t have your phone with you. What do you do?

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If you were out hiking on a new trail and got turned around, what would you do?

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If you moved to a new city and needed to find a school for your kids, how would you go about doing that?

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You have been growing tomatoes in a container, but they recently stopped producing fruit. How will you troubleshoot?

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When you are getting ready to leave on a trip, how do you decide how to dress for the weather?

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You are planning a party and have as huge list of things to get at the store. How do you keep track of everything?

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A little black kitten is crying in the tree in your front yard. How will you respond to its cries?

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A big family holiday is coming up, and your family is fiercely politically divided. How will you handle the tension?

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Your neighbor constantly finds things for you at the flea market that you don’t really want. How will you respond to their charity?

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Your in-laws load your children with sugar each time they visit. What is your response to the sugar overload?

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About This Quiz

Baby boomers and millennials perpetually argue over which generation has the moral upper hand. The baby boomers, born between 1946 and1964, rose out of the generation that fought World War II and reflect the fruits of hard work, peace and prosperity. Millennials, born from 1981to1996, were raised in a prosperous America that crashed when they were reaching adulthood. 

The millennial generation’s difficulty in gaining the kind of stability valued by boomers provides ample fodder for the post-World War II generation to lambast them for their lack of work ethic. Millennials, on the other hand, throw punches right back by blaming the broken economy and warming planet on the greed and neglect of baby boomers. 

Fighting memes aside, how do these opposing generations make decisions about day-to-day problems? Does the environment in which we’re raised really shape the way we make decisions? Recent studies, like that of Pew Social Trends, show that these groups do make demonstrably different decisions on a broad spectrum of choices, from buying a home to food consumption. 

On what do you base your decisions? Do you research reviews online, or look to the Better Business Bureau when searching for an electrician? Do you consider quality of life or economic stability as more important? Do you fit with your generation? Are you old fashioned or forward-thinking? Find out where your decisions place you by taking this quiz! 

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