Report shows millennials and Gen Xers more concerned about health than baby boomers and Gen Zers

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Source: Babbage

Source: Alexander Babbage

In a report released today by Alexander Babbage, one of the nation’s leading research firms, consumers were tracked generationally across a number of behaviors, activities and attitudes.  The firm collected data across a representative sample of Americans March 20 and again March 27 to create the Babbage Pulse. Data will continue to be collected bi-weekly to determine changes in consumption, attitudes and trends as greater portions of the country are impacted by the pandemic.

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Some of the key findings in the Babbage Pulse include:

Gen Z (22 or younger), Mdillennials (23-38), GenX (39-54), Boomers (55-73)

* While Gen Xers felt the most informed about COVID-19, baby boomers felt the least informed.

* Gen Xers were the most concerned about personal health, followed by millennials and then baby boomers. In spite of their concerns; however, millennials and Gen Xers were slightly less likely to avoid crowds than baby boomers.

* The economic stimulus plan announced on March 27 is providing some reassurance as economic concerns decreased while safety concerns increased.

* Overall, online shopping spending was little changed from week one to week two with online spending for apparel and clothing trending downward.

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* Grocery shopping and in-home entertainment were the only consumer spending categories to see an increase during the past week while all other categories saw major declines.

* All generations increased their spending on in-store grocery purchases and all generations, except baby boomers, increased their online spending for grocery items.

* Spending on in-home entertainment increased across all generations, with Gen Z seeing the largest increase with 37% reporting spending more than usual. Week two with baby boomers most likely to decrease their spending.

In the coming week, consumers are expected to increase their online grocery shopping.   “We wanted to be able to track consumer attitudes, behaviors and spending in light of the coronavirus,” said Alan McKeon, president and CEO. “Our expectation is that, as we move into the recovery phase of this pandemic, insights into consumer attitudes, behaviors and visitation behavior will provide useful insights that accelerate recovery for destinations.”

Alexander Babbage is a full-service location-based analytics and insights firm focused on physical locations where consumers go to eat, shop, play and be entertained.