Have millennials killed the top sheet too?

By Meghan Overdeep
March 30, 2018
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Millennials: love them or hate them, you can't deny that they're switching things up. And the latest thing the generation is being charged with killing—along with the housing market, avocados and chain restaurants—is top sheets.

The idea that top/flat sheets have gone the way of Toys"R"Us was recently proposed by Twitter user @JesseLynnHarte. "People say millennials ‘killed' chain restaurants, marriage, & napkins... But WHEN will they acknowledge our greatest take-down yet??" she wrote. "TOP SHEETS. I don't know a single millennial who uses one. Top sheets are archaic. This is just the truth."

The bold assertion quickly reignited a nationwide bedding debate. Many Twitter users rushed to defend the beleaguered top sheet, praising it for its ability to regulate the temperature of the bed and for keeping their comforters clean.

"Top sheets are perfect for warm weather when a blanket is too much. 800 thread count top sheets are like silk against bare skin," one passionate pro-top sheet user replied. "Top sheets after an evening bath, breeze coming thru the window is great for sleeping. Top sheets keep your body dander from the comforter. Resist."

Others claimed that top sheets are superfluous and expensive.

"It's really just a hassle when you make the bad, doesn't add anything to the sleeping experience," one anti-top sheet advocate chimed in.

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In an effort to assess where the people truly stand on the divisive issue, USA Today launched a Twitter poll. The results found that a whopping 70% of participants appreciate top sheets, while a meager 27% see no need for them. (Strangely, 3% reported that they don't use sheets at all, but that's another issue entirely.)

Sorry millennials, but it looks like top sheets are here to stay, at least for now.