Forget Venmo & PayPal: Millennials Want to Get Paid Back in Cash

Even for the digital generation, a new survey finds that cash is king when it comes to sending and receiving payments

Mar 01, 2016, 07:15 ET from GOBankingRates

LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --  Fifty-eight percent of millennials prefer using cash over other methods of payment when sending and receiving money, according to the latest survey conducted by leading personal finance website

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GOBankingRates asked 1,000 survey respondents ages 18 to 34, "Of the following, which is your preferred way of paying and getting paid back by friends and family?" For this Google Consumer Survey, one answer selection was allowed of the following options, which were displayed randomly. Responses were as follows:

  • Cash — 58%
  • PayPal — 11%
  • Check — 8%
  • Electronic bank transfer — 8%
  • Venmo — 6%
  • Google Wallet — 5%
  • Square Cash — 4%

"Even for a tech-savvy generation like millennials, digital payments have yet to offer the same convenience as simply exchanging cash," said Elyssa Kirkham, lead reporter on the survey for GOBankingRates.

"Yet a quarter of millennials carry $5 or less in cash at any given time, according to a survey from Independent Community Bankers of America.1," Kirkham said. "A similar number, 26 percent of millennials, prefer one of the four payment apps included in the GOBankingRates survey to pay friends and get paid back. For young people who aren't in the habit of carrying around cash, paying and getting paid through these apps is more convenient than using cash or other methods."

Additional Findings:

  • PayPal is by far the most popular of the person-to-person payment apps among millennials. It was chosen 80 percent more often than the second-most popular choice, Venmo.
  • Women chose cash as their preferred method of payment 21 percent more frequently than men.
  • Men chose checks as their preferred method of payment 67 percent more than women did.

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1:, 2014. "The 2014 ICBA American Millennials and Community Banking Study,"

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