I got a kick out of an article I read last week about millennials.
For those of you that don’t know — I wasn’t exactly sure either — the millennials designation is used to describe people born between 1982 and1994.
OK, now that we’re on the same page. The report said the generation of young adults is opting to rent instead of buying a home.
The data backs it up. Census reports indicate that between 2006 and 2011, 25 to 34-year old renters increased by more than 1 million. The number who owned a home dropped by more than 1.4 million.
Hey, what do you expect? For the most part this age group isn’t really looked upon as motivated, particularly dependable or loyal.
But, to give them a break, millennials are also prone to pick up and leave. In other words, they’re a mobile group and want to be able to easily relocate if the opportunity arises. Those are the ones who understand the big picture, take a risk here and there, work hard and are willing to be the grunt and not the boss for a while.
Renters — it’s just another stereotype for the age group. Since birth, the generation has been told they’re special. Many in this age group have grown up not keeping score in youth league ballgames, rarely having to accept responsibility for their actions and getting trophies for just participating. Everyone from mom and dad to teachers have patted them on the back and grilled it into their heads that they’re special no matter what.
Yes, they may seem self absorbed, even self-obsessed, but all is not lost. Let’s give them a break. The generation is, for the most part, well informed, educated, tech savvy and plugged in. To them the world is small. They feel a kinship with people around the globe and they are more environmentally conscious than previous generations. Who knows, maybe one day a millennial will perfect the electric car or really make solar, wind or another renewable resource work for the masses.
I took a quiz to see how millennial I am. According to Pew Research, I’m 22 out of 100. According to their chart I’m a baby boomer. I obviously share few of the same values, attitudes and behaviors of the typical millennial.
The fact that I have a social network profile does bring me closer to having that millennial perspective, according to Pew, but my other answers were obviously a dead giveaway. We’re as different as night and day.
I rate religion high in importance, have both a landline and a cellphone and consider myself a conservative none of which are popular with the majority of the younger group. I don’t have a tattoo or body piercings and I don’t play video games. Millennials also tend to be less skeptical of government and more skeptical of people that I am.
I’m sure my parents thought I was a bit off the wall too and I don’t think my generation has done too bad either. Time will tell though because many of us are the one’s that raised millennials. That’s just the way it is.