Who are Millennials?
Millennials were born between 1980 and 2000. They have been called the “Bridger Generation,” the “Generation Y” and others labels, but now most “studiers” have agreed to call this generation “Millennials.”
The sheer size of the Millennial Generation is staggering. Between 1980 and 2000, nearly 78 million live births took place. Compare that with the Boomer Generation, which nearly had 76 million live births from 1946 to 1964. Like the Boomers, the Millennials are just too big to ignore.
First, they are a hopeful generation. 96% of Millennials indicated they can do something great. A generation of optimists, for sure! Are Millennials naïve and disconnected? Nothing could be farther from the truth. Millennials, are realists who know that all is not well in the world. But, they believe they can have a role in changing it and making a difference with their lives.
Second, they are a relational generation. Perhaps this is why social networks like Twitter and Facebook are thriving in our culture. Millennials want to communicate and connect with others, there is no doubt about it. Relationships at work and with friends are valued highly, but so also are family relationships. 9 out of 10 Millennials said their parents had a positive influence on them.
Third, they are a generation of learners. There are reasons why Millennials are receiving undergraduate degrees at a rate that surpasses all previous generations. Two main reasons why they frenetically pursue education: parents and pragmatics. Millennials listen to their parents’ advice, especially regarding education. But Millennials also desire to get ahead, and one factor that separates them from each other in the work force is education.
Fourth, they are a less religious generation. Only 13 percent of the Millennials say spirituality of any type is important to them. One out of ten. Most Millennials don’t even think about religious matters at all. This generation is not antagonistic toward religion, especially Christianity, but rather agnostic toward all aspects of religion.
This book by Thom & Jess Rainer is a great source of information about Millennials.
We need to learn all we can about them…….
They are our world.
- what will you do