Born between 1982–2000 | Roughly 76 million
“9/11 was a really big, distinct moment that I will never forget, along with the ridiculous amount of violence in this generation within schools. I feel like every six months something crazy, like the Batman movie [theatre shooting], happens, and it definitely gives people an idea that our generation is affected by video games or the Internet or the violence in movies and so we want to go out and do these things, and it gives our age group a bad name.
I think technology has made us really aware and passionate to see change, in that constantly you see a lot of people post on Facebook and different social media sites about injustices and violence and different things like that. Those things aren’t really left under the radar anymore; people talk about them, and that’s cool to see that people actually care about justice in this world right now.
Our generation can make a positive difference in violence, in areas like sex trafficking and modern-day slavery, and just so many different avenues of injustice that might not have been brought to light in years past just because of lack of information, lack of technology. To be able to have so many resources and outlets, I think it’s spurring our generation to be more passionate and active about those things.”
About the Millennial generation
Millennials, also called Generation Y, are the first generation who grew up with personal computers as a part of life. Older Millennials may have gotten their first computers in high school, while younger Millennials have had them in the home since birth. This has revolutionized how they communicate and how they see the world, viewing their connections through technology as another dimension of life.
In the instant-information age, Millennials are troubled by the violent trends of school shootings and terrorism that affect everyday people; their perception of the world is shaped by the horror of the 9/11 attacks. Despite the fears generated by these terrifying events, Millennials as a group have a sense of optimism and a strong desire to make a positive difference in the world.
The major events that impact each generation occur when they are adolescents and young adults. This youthful period of their lives is often when their worldviews and opinions form and can be influenced by a variety of factors – things like the economy, media messages, prevailing family structure, and major news events of their time. Here is a high-level snapshot of what life was like for the Millennial generation.
Their reality growing up: Technology shapes the present and the future
Defining moments: 9/11 attacks, terrorism, Y2K, school shootings, reality TV, laptops, cell phones, online social networks
Where they went for information/entertainment: Internet
Their values: Creativity, collaboration, diversity, inclusion, authenticity, purpose, open-mindedness, entrepreneurialism, passion for global issues
Who they admire: Cause-oriented individuals and entrepreneurs
Their aspirations: Make a difference and change the world
A typical “life path”: Pursue what they’re passionate about and see where it leads; they are “dream job” chasers in search of their calling and ideal life
What they consider professional work attire: Anything that expresses their individual style
Communication style: Social media, texting, technology
Organizational style: Networked and relational; a team, not a hierarchy
Strengths: Tech-savvy, well-educated, high performing, networkers, confident, creative/entrepreneurial, optimistic, diverse, civic-minded, willing to work hard to make a positive difference
Challenges: Sense of entitlement, short attention span, dependent on parents
In a word: Passion
Other things to know about Millennials:
– They grew up multi-tasking – they studied on their way to soccer practice while eating a fast-food burger.
– Though they’re very cause-oriented and will readily support specific efforts or companies, they don’t like to be branded with a religious or political category.
– Raised by Baby Boomer and Generation X parents with a self-esteem focus, many of them are sheltered, protected, praised, and privileged, and grew up with a paralyzing number of choices.
– They’ve experienced a major focus on safety, both in terms of crime/terrorism fears and in terms of parental supervision and strict regulations on everything from cribs and car seats.
– Most of them are burdened with student loan debt, and many have trouble finding work; however, they’ve largely faced the Great Recession with optimism.
– Millennials are growing up later, getting married later, and rethinking traditional “rites of passage” like home ownership.
– Millennials, who often live alone, register higher rates of depression, anxiety, and loneliness than other generations.
– Only 13 percent of Millennials say their career goal involves climbing the corporate ladder to become a CEO or president; by contrast, two-thirds say their goal involves starting their own business.
Millennial Views On:
Work: You should be able to leave the building early if your work is done. Actually, why report to a building when you could work from home?
Church: You should ask questions rather than accept religion on blind faith. Attending church isn’t necessary to gain spiritual community; it’s more important that you put your faith into action.
Education: You should pursue higher education, but be aware that a pricey college degree might not help you as much as you thought.
Parenting: Strive for the ideal by following natural and holistic trends and scouring the Internet for the best strategies, products, and activities.
“Follow your passion.”
“Make a difference every day.”
The Millennial generation is going to lead us into the future. Are you doing all you can to equip and empower them for success?
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