If you’re in the market for a new house, you may first want to find out the ages of your potential neighbors.
Compared to two-thirds of the general population, over 80 percent of millennials say they have noise-related pet peeves. The study recognized that people fresh out of college often live in close quarters (think tiny, shared apartments) to save money, and currently comprise 52 percent of the nation’s renters.
The sheer number of millennials cohabiting in tight quarters certainly contributes to the likelihood that they’ll complain about neighbor noise, but the way they go about it fulfills yet another of this generations stereotype. Trulia found that they’re far less likely to confront the offending individual face-to-face.
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Instead,Millennials rely on contacting the building’s landlord or police authorities at a rate twice that of baby boomers (20 percent versus 10 percent).
While living in an apartment building can have its money-saving perks, it’s apparently no place to make friends. Nineteen percent of renters considered their neighbors as “strangers” compared to 9 percent of homeowners.
Those not looking to befriend their neighbors and hoping to play loud music into the wee hours should try and live next door to a millennial woman. They are the most passive, the survey finds, with 70 percent choosing to ignore problems with neighbors altogether.