1. Higher cost of living and less disposable income. Housing is a much greater percentage of the cost of living than it was 40 years ago. Many young folks donít have as much space as boomers did.
2. GenXers and Millenials as a group tend not to be collectors of things. And what they do collect is often digital or virtual. Millenials in particular have been identified as collectors of ďexperiencesĒ not physical things. Go into the home of a thirtysomething and see how many physical books you find.
3. A lack of connection to history. Itís been over 70 years since the end of the last great naval war, and over 35 years since the Falklands. History is considered a minor subject in schools and most young folks have only a limited knowledge or interest in it.
4. Short attention span and need for constant visual stimulation. These days with video games, thereís no need to exercise oneís imagination. You can fight entire wars in virtual reality. So a static model sitting on a shelf does nothing for the observer. Studies have shown that our brains have been rewired, so that constant stimulation is required. News publishers have determined that most readers will spend only a few minutes on an article before moving to the next, which is why we see so few long news exposees any more.
Bottom line: many hobbies are declining as boomers die off and arenít replaced by younger ones.