Generation Battle: Gold for Baby Boomers Vs. Bitcoins for Millennials

The MillenialCrypto Love Story

Why do millennials embrace cryptocurrencies much more than the other generations?

Breakup with Banks

  • 77% of wealthy millennials feel that traditional banking system only favors the rich and influential
  • 75% expressed concern over the probability of the global financial system being compromised and losing vital information

77% think that the current bad attitude of the financial system could lead to another major recession

The Crypto Attraction

  • According to the millennials, cryptos neither break their hearts or wallets
  • 25% of affluent millennials own cryptocurrencies with a further 31% planning to buy them
  • 74% of millennials opine that blockchain technology would make the global financial system safer
  • 88% of millennials prefer cryptocurrencies as an investment, while 42% prefer them as savings

Solid Relationship

  • In 2018, the total number of crypto accounts doubled to more than 35 million
  • Millennials feel that during tough times cryptocurrencies make practical and financial sense as the latter 
  • Eliminate middlemen fee
  • Blockchain keeps the transaction records secure and incorruptible
  • Prevent discrimination based on social status
  • Encourage buying with conscience rather than through exploitative business practices

Presently, there are 100 million owners, 400,000 daily BTC users, 42 million BTC wallets, and 53 million BTC traders. The millennials (25 to 39 years old) hold around 2% of their wealth in GBTC (Grayscale Bitcoin Trust) in comparison to 1.6% of the wealth in Netflix stocks and 1.7% in Walt Disney stocks. Cryptos have fans in Hollowood too. Some of the celebrity crypto-investors include Paris Hilton, Mike Tyson, and Ashton Kutcher, to name a few. 

Comparisons To Make Sense 

Cryptocurrencies are very much a millennial’s playing field, with 17% of millennials, 8.75% of GenX, and 2.24% of baby boomers claiming to own digital currency. And, 11% of millennials, 10% GenX, and 3.81% boomers are planning to buy cryptos in the future. Consider the comparison charts given below.

Who Owns How Much
Cryptocurrency % owing it Average Purchase (USD)
BTC Cash.90$636
Country-wise Crypto Consumption 
Country% owing crypto
USA, Austria, Germany, and Italy8
Australia and the Netherlands7
UK and France6
Cryptocurrencies by Gender %
 Total Awareness7276
Total Knowledge4354
Buying Intention45
Lack of Interest in Crypto Generation-wise %
ReasonMillennialsBaby BoomerGenX
Usage Difficulty15129
High Fees856
High Risk343238
No necessity373546

Baby Boomers Disinterest Toward Crypto

The richest generation in U.S. history, baby boomers account for nearly 70% of the country’s national disposable income and are predicted to inherit around $13 trillion in the next two decades. But only less than 7% of the boomers have shown interest toward the $87-billion crypto market. Among the famous crypto-hating baby boomers is Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet. The billionaire, in general majority of the baby boomers, considered cryptocurrency as having no unique value, no principal safety, and no adequate returns. He also opined that cryptocurrencies do not produce anything and are just a mirage, and that they are an investment hazard. However, he did recognize the prospects of blockchain technology.

Millennials own only 3% of the U.S. wealth share, a paltry proportion when compared to the wealth share of the baby boomers. One reason as to why millennials have tilted toward cryptocurrencies is perhaps to narrow this wealth gap between the current generation and the elder generations. Older generation’s logic is to spend $100,000 on college but not $1,000 in cryptos: the former offers returns in the forms of education and jobs, whereas the latter is too risky. Bitcoin may represent the future and reach parity with gold, but it is yet to face a real-world test, something like the 2007–2008 financial crisis that would show everyone it’s a real performance during a macroeconomic crisis. Digital currencies are surging ahead but still need the stability of fiat currencies or gold to be on par with the traditional assets and also to sustain in today’s competitive world.  

Final Thoughts

According to the World Gold Council, the younger generation is more crypto-oriented than, the older generation, and that young investors are more willing to take investment risks and do not consider cryptocurrencies as insecure, speculative, or short term. On the other hand, the older generation prefers capital preservation and are thus more skewed toward gold that guarantees long-term needs. But as crypto awareness across all demographics and institutional interest continue to grow, this imbalance would likely change for the better.

About the author

Fernando James worked as a freelancer before; now, he is a senior editor at the By his extensive research work, all his articles are mostly on the trading platform review and comparison among them. In relaxed mode, he likes to go out trekking.

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