AI Accelerating in Preference by Millennial Parents for Care During Golden Years (Instead of Relying on Kids)

We Asked

Thinking into the future about your own golden years, how do you envision yourself relying on your children or Artificial Intelligence?

Millennial Parents Said

Overwhelmingly around the globe, Millennial parents’ preference is strong for using AI to live independently during their golden years rather than relying on their Generation Alpha children, and has increased significantly over the past year across most regions.

  • The most dramatic growth in preference for AI to live independently in their golden years is among Brazilian parents, which leaped to 82% in 2019, from 61% in 2018. A similar trend is seen in India, where 90% of Millennial parents in 2019 prefer to rely on AI as compared to 79% of parents in India in 2018. China’s Millennial parents continue to have the highest preference for AI support as they age — 93% in 2019 versus 94% in 2018.
  • In the U.K., 74% of Millennial parents in 2019 prefer to rely on AI for care, a 13 percent increase from 2018 when 61% of U.K. parents cited preference for relying on AI (as compared to 26% preference for relying on their children in 2019 versus 39% in 2018).
  • A clear majority of American Millennial parents in 2019 prefer to rely on AI (61%), a five percent increase from 2018 when 56% of U.S. parents cited preference for relying on AI. As such, preference for relying on their children for care in their golden years decreased in 2019 to 39% versus 44% in 2018.

“We want to live as independently as possible with the ones we love. This is the underlying message: ‘stay in our homes for as long as possible’. One thing is for sure, if that is what we want, then AI systems could make it happen.”

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Antonio Espingardeiro
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