Via Sullivan, the Pew Center’s online quiz to see how much you have in common with the Millennial Generation (whose members were born starting in 1981). I scored 50; Gen Xers (1965-1980) average a score of 33; 70 is the Millenial score. I think having a cell phone but no landline, and having created a Facebook profile (though I almost never use FB) boosted my score.
Here’s a link to the overview of Pew’s recently released study of the attitudes of the Millennial Generation. In short, they’re really upbeat about their own prospects (given what Don Peck found about joblessness and how it’s likely to linger, I think that’s really unrealistic, and may, as Beck indicates, be what you get when young people have been raised with a sense of “everyone’s a winner” entitlement), significantly less religious than older Americans, and far more liberal (interesting to think about how in my generation, the Xers, conservatism was the rising tide). And there’s this:
Only about six-in-ten were raised by both parents — a smaller share than was the case with older generations. In weighing their own life priorities, Millennials (like older adults) place parenthood and marriage far above career and financial success. But they aren’t rushing to the altar. Just one-in-five Millennials (21%) are married now, half the share of their parents’ generation at the same stage of life. About a third (34%) are parents, according to the Pew Research survey. We estimate that, in 2006, more than a third of 18 to 29 year old women who gave birth were unmarried. This is a far higher share than was the case in earlier generations.
Thoughts? These are the kids of the later Baby Boomers, and they seem to have far less of a chip on their shoulder about the Boomers than we Xers do.