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YouthNation: Building Remarkable Brands in a Youth-Driven Culture by Matt Britton

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Chapter 4Access over Ownership

As the experience economy takes hold, YouthNation is reshuffling the deck, moving the desire to own durable goods to the back burner. This reprioritization has sparked a revolution focused on simply accessing or renting items rather than purchasing them, including cars, electronics, tools, lodging, and even clothes. This trend stands to impact all of corporate America in a major way over the next few years and has already caused a massive disruption in the two segments where American households spend the majority of their income: automobiles and housing. The white picket fence in the burbs with a two-car garage vision of the American dream is being disrupted and transformed before our very eyes, and in record time.

  • Home Ownership: The risk-adverse post-2008 mortgage-lending environment simply does not favor younger homebuyers, forcing many first time homeowners to rethink their housing strategies. From the 30-year period from 1983 to 2013, home ownership among 18–34 year olds has plunged nearly 20 percent.1 At the same time, progressive upstarts have allowed consumers to access short-term rentals in practically every corner of the earth. Sitting in a home you own and working every day to pay the mortgage doesn't feel like a very thrilling experience anymore in this experience economy. The young family's destined migration to the suburbs now seems to be a thing of the past (as we will explore in future chapters) and with the skyrocketing costs ...

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