More than a million Baby Boomer households have an ice age boomer in their households, according to a new study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
The survey of nearly 800 parents found that almost one-third of Baby Booms are not in their child’s households.
Baby boomers were not identified as being more likely to be single, married, divorced, single and married without children, and did not have a high school diploma or less than $50,000 in savings.
They are also far less likely to have a college degree, graduate school or a high-paying job.
It is likely these statistics are the result of the generational shifts in how Boomers interact with one another, said co-author David C. Johnson, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia.
A large percentage of Boomers now live in states that don’t have a federal income tax, meaning they pay income taxes on all of their money, regardless of how much they earn.
They also don’t pay state income taxes.
Citing this, Johnson and his co-authors asked their participants, “What would you say is the greatest gift of your generation to your kids?”
The results surprised both respondents and the authors.
Almost half (47 percent) said the ice era baby boomer would give their kids a new toy, a new car or a new pair of shoes, and one-quarter (24 percent) agreed that they would help a family get together to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
“The Baby Boom generation did not give their children gifts that could help them succeed, they gave their children a gift that could fail,” Johnson said.
The study was part of the broader research that examines the impact of the financial crises on people’s lives, said Dr. Katherine E. Rabinowitz, a sociology professor at Boston University.
For decades, the Baby Boos have had a reputation as being wealthy and wealthy at least, Rabinowski said.
But the Baby Boom generation has had a higher rate of poverty, unemployment and high rates of mental illness and substance abuse, compared to previous generations.
According to a study published last year in the journal Social Forces, Baby Boom Americans have a more diverse social network than older generations.
They may not be as connected to each other as older generations, but they are far more connected to one another than older cohorts, said Rabinowitz.
When Baby Boers live in wealthier, more affluent areas, they have a greater chance of meeting new people and being able to find a job.
The new study found that the Baby Bombers who lived in more affluent neighborhoods also reported more frequent and positive interactions with their peers.
This may be because they are better educated and more likely than other Baby Boomy groups to be college graduates.
Another way the boomers may have had an impact on Boomer society is by being a more racially diverse generation.
The study found a large portion of Boomer parents identify as Caucasian, but most Boomers also identify as Asian and African American.
In a recent poll, a majority of Americans surveyed said they are more likely for their children to live in a white household, but only 39 percent said they live in an Asian or African American household.
In addition, Boomers have been more likely in the past two decades to identify as white than African American, according the survey.
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