10 Facts About The Millennial Generation

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millenial generationMillennials are the generation born between 1980 and 2000, but the millennial generation is defined by more than their birth date.

The following ten items describe this group well.

You know you are a millennial if…


1. You solve problems with the help of the internet. Yahoo and Google have helped you with homework assignments since middle school or earlier. You see the internet as a vast resource full of answers, and you don’t hesitate to check online when you need information.

2. You came of age in the 21st century. You were a child or teen when Osama bin Laden attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. Your adult life has taken place entirely after the 9/11 attack.

3. You used Facebook while still a college student and your first Facebook login name was your college email address. Unlike Generation Xers and Baby Boomers, online social networking was an essential part of your college experience.

4. You grew up using email and instant messaging to communicate with your friends. You used a dial-up internet service provider, such as America Online or Microsoft Network, to go online as a child. Your parents enabled the parental controls provided by your dial-up service to limit your internet use.

5. As a child, you were raised to be aware of environmental issues, including the ozone layer, endangered species, acid rain, and air pollution. In elementary school, you were taught that it is important to save the whales. You care deeply about global issues.

6. You are open-minded when it comes to trying new approaches to solving problems. You think for yourself, but value community input as well. You think it is important for communities to work together to solve problems.

7. You grew up watching television channels devoted exclusively to children’s programming. You can’t imagine childhood without Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. You had every lyric from The Little Mermaid memorized, and you cried when Simba’s father died in The Lion King.

8. You may think spirituality is important, but you are wary of organized religion, and you don’t think religion is a necessary institution in today’s society.

9. You were not alive to witness the Cold War firsthand. At most, you were a small child when the USSR was dissolved. You may have learned about the Iron Curtain in history class, but you don’t remember hearing about it while it existed.

10. Microwaves, voice mail, and AIDS have existed during your entire lifetime.

This is a guest post by Allison Murray. Allison recommends finding more information about millennials at Dialog.Scarborough.com.


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