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Over the years, I've believed a lot of what I've heard about millennials - theyeating avocado toast, latte-sipping, selfie-taking narcissists who still live in their parents' basements and can't get along.

Then I realized something that surprised me: I am a millennial, as are many people I know and love.

For a long time I believed that my friends and classmates were older and wiser than this much maligned group. But when I started reporting on demographics for CNN, I learned that 1981 is the birth year that many researchers cite asthe beginning of the millennial generation.

I was born in 1982. I turned 40 this year. Just like millions of other millennials in the United States.

That's right: a generation that has long been portrayed as young and naive is entering middle age.

This is an important turning point and a good opportunity to point out something important: the Millennial myth is very different from the reality in which many of us live.

Myth #1: We think only of ourselves

In May, my husband was out of town on a trip and I was raising our young daughter alone for the first time. I can do it, I thought, trying to calm myself down. - It won't be that difficult. One night my daughter's first two teeth started coming out of her gums. After watching her roll over in the crib with the baby screen for what was probably only a few minutes but felt like forever, I ended up holding her for the rest of the night to comfort her.

In the scheme of difficult things new parents can go through, it was nothing serious. But I was exhausted. And she too.

When the sun came up, we sat together on the floor of her room, bleary-eyed. Her pajamas were covered in cherry-flavored baby Tylenol, which she spat out when I tried to give her the night before. But we played for a few minutes that morning and he smiled and it felt like we had run a marathon and could finally relax.

Then my phone rang with devastating, unexpected news.

My mother died this morning.

I was shaken, my head was spinning and I cried. I looked at my daughter who was playing next to me. There were so many questions I wish I could ask my mother about how to take care of her. Instead of calling my mom that day for advice, I went to Michigan to help plan her funeral.

Suddenly, the same year I became a mother became the year I lost my mother.

My fortieth birthday is in less than two months.

The millennials have arrivedon the cover of TIME magazinealmost ten years ago under the title "ME, ME, ME, ME GENERATION", perpetuating the image of self-obsession.

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This time, the 2013 cover reinforced stereotypes of millennials as powerful and self-absorbed.

But for me and many others, what it really means to be a millennial these days is something else entirely. We are the youngestthe sandwich generationwe feel an increasing pressure between raising small children and taking care of older family members - or at least we want to take care of them, considering that they have done to take care of us, but they don't know what to do.

Millennials like me are too busy juggling projects and taking care of others at home to be as self-obsessed as we've been shown all these years.

Like every generation before us, we grow up. But the Millennium myth was long lost.

Newspaper headlines have been writing about this, for example, for yearsMillennials don't have kids. But the reality is more complicated, says Kim Parker, director of social trends research at the Pew Research Center.

"Womenlater they have children. But when we look at full fertility, we didn't see that they necessarily had fewer children, they just started later," says Parker. "That means a delay, not necessarilya completely different way of approaching family life".

Jason Dorsey, who has written several books about millennials and made a career out of helping corporate America better understand them, says memes about selfish millennials simply don't match reality.

"Older millennials tell us they're pulling in three different directions," says Dorsey, president of the Center for Generational Dynamics. "They often look after a child or children. They often take care of a parent or parents. And they try to manage their tasks. So it's an attraction, there's a lot going on and it's a very stressful time.

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My husband captured this moment on my 40th birthday this year when I was feeding my daughter while we watched the 4th of July fireworks. Her care has changed the way I see my life.

Dorsey says previous generations have also entered this stage of life. But this time one thing is different.

"It's a new thing to work in your 40s," she says, "when so many people have very young children."

Many middle-aged millennials like myself feel this pressure even in our happiest moments. And Dorsey says a lot of research is still needed on how this shift is changing our society.

How will it affect the kind of parents we become, the way we approach work or the choices we make in other areas of life?

Myth 2: We all have the same experiences

It should come as no surprise that for years I didn't realize I was one of themover 72 million millennials in the United States.

Some experts claim that analyzing our society using generational markers is almost as reliable and scientific as using horoscopes.

They argue that many more factors can shape a person's life than the year of birth - such as race and socioeconomic status. And when you highlight and analyze an entire group of people without going into those details, important nuances about social change end up being lost.

"Drawing arbitrary lines between birth years and naming names doesn't help," Philip N. Cohen wrote last year inWashington Post opinion. A sociology professor at the University of Maryland is leading a group of scholars urging the Pew Research Center and others to stop promoting generational labels altogether.

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Avocado toast has become an increasingly popular restaurant proposition and a symbol of millennial culture.

I see their point.

Some of my younger millennial friends in their 20s would look at me wide-eyed as I talked about the videos I watched growing up or what it was like to hear that beautiful noise that interrupted a home computer or a computer connected to the internet via modem. The most important events that shaped our world happened at very different times in our lives. I was in college on 9/11. he was in elementary school. I was in college and looking for work during the Great Depression. they still lived with their parents.

Some argue that the gap between us is so wide that older millennials like me should create our own category (sometimes paired with younger Gen Xers). Our so-called microgeneration is called the so-calledX-year,Oregon Trail Generationand - recently and controversially -Geriatric Millennials.

"It's important not to label people over 20 as the same," says Erica Dhawan, a researcher, author and consultant who coined the term "Geriatric Millennial" in an article for Medium last year. Like me, she says she never felt the Millennium label suited her.

To make matters even more confusing, there is no concrete definition of when the millennial generation begins and ends. TheA book from 1991 is credited with introducing the termAmerican Millennials Born in 1982 Broad Reportdefinitions on the Pew Research Center websitedescribe millennials as those born between 1981 and 1996. Other researchers have theorized that millennials were born in the late 1970s or even the early 2000s.

The way we talk about groups of people born in a certain time period - and the names we use to describe them -it can change over time. "Generation Y" was a more common way to refer to our generation before "millennials" gained momentum.

No matter what name or definition you use, there is a very large age gap between the older and younger members of our generation and the wide range of life experiences we've all had.

Is there value in seeing things this way?

"It's a useful lens, but it's not the only one," says Parker of the Pew Research Center, "and it's important to consider all the other factors that cause these differences, not just being part of a generation."

Now that I know I'm a millennial, I'm not ready to let go of the label just yet. But I want to help clear things up and dispel some persistent stereotypes about our generation (full disclosure: I love avocado toast).

Myth 3: We don't want our own homes

This question haunts my husband and I - it comes up in conversations with friends, loved ones and even strangers.

"Thinking about buying a house?"

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Over the years, this milestone has meant little to any of us. We stayed at home, rented, and focused our energy and finances on doing the things we enjoy together in our free time.

But now that we have a daughter, buying a house seems like something we should do already. It also seems to be something that is increasingly out of reach as housing costs remain high and mortgage rates rise.

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A real estate sign outside a home in Morgan Hill, Calif., on Oct. 4, 2022. U.S. home prices have skyrocketed during the pandemic, making it harder for millennials to buy homes.

According to Kevin Mahoney, a Washington, D.C.-based financial advisor who specializes in helping millennials, we're not the only ones who feel like we're putting off taking that big step.

"People are really stressed about not owning a home," he says. “One of the things I try to tell them is that it's okay to rent. You buy flexibility. You're buying time to figure out how you want your next 20 or 10 years to be.

Despite the common platitudes about millennials not buying homes, Mahoney also points out that there are a lot of them. He says that one of the reasons for the housing crisis in America is thismore and more millennials are now entering the real estate market.

Older millennials aged 32 to 41 made up a quarter of home buyers this year;according to a report by the National Association of Realtors, with millennials making up the largest percentage of home buyers since 2014.

But as CNN reports, many millennialsthey are worse than their parents.

And millennials arethey are less likely to own homes at this stage of their livesfrom previous generations. There's a good reason for that, says Gray Kimbrough, an economist and assistant professor at American University who has taken to Twitter several times to debunk myths about millennials.

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In 2018, Hasbro released a cheeky Millennial version of its classic board game Monopoly. Game tokens included emoticons and a hashtag.

"It's harder to buy a house if you don't already own one," he says, "which makes it very difficult to buy a house if you're in your 20s or 30s and have been renting for years."

Not to mention what millennials struggle witha much darker economic picturefrom older generations, says Kimbrough.

"It's really hard to think about getting married, having kids, moving in with roommates and any changes in the real estate market the way it is," Kimbrough says.

My husband and I try not to let this overwhelming reality weigh us down.

We attend open houses most weekends and plan to meet with mortgage brokers soon.

We hope to be staying in our own house by this time next year.

Myth #4: We don't take our jobs seriously and don't stay long

Jason Dorsey tells me he often asks a question when he's invited to visit companies and talk to their employees: "How many of you are millennials?"

Mostly, he says, only a few timidly raise their hand.

"They expect it to be negative because unfortunately that's how we've been set up for the last 15 years," Dorsey says.

Around that time, Dorsey says he saw a growing anti-millennial hype. In 2007, he appeared on the ominously titled "60 Minutes" episode.Millennials are coming".

Journalist Morley Safer didn't ask for the article's preface: "A new breed of American worker is about to attack everything you hold sacred: from warrants to the starched white shirt and tie."

He further warned that "the workplace has become a psychological battlefield, and millennials have the advantage," describing a generation that can "multitask, talk, walk, listen, type and type."

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"They talked about us like we were aliens," Dorsey recalled.

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This "60 Minutes" segment from 2007 described millennials as "a new breed of American worker (who) will attack everything you hold dear."

I missed that segment when it came out. I was a newspaper reporter at the time, probably trying to cover breaking news during the weekend night shift that started my much longer 40 hour work week.

I think even then I would have found the premise problematic, but now, in retrospect, the "60 Minutes" story seems almost cartoonish — another chapter in a story as old as time. "Anxious older generation worries, naïve younger generation destroys everything" might be an equally appropriate title.

Consultant and author Lindsey Pollak, who advises companies on how to navigate multigenerational workplaces, believes the rise of social media is partly to blame for millennials' longstanding bad reputation. Pollak says that our generation grew up under a microscope like no generation before us.

"The whole criticism of millennials — we've said that about every generation, but it's only been amplified by the internet and social media," he told me.

Dorsey says his presentations often include details about millennials that surprise many in the audience.

"It turned out to be the company's largest generation of employees," he says.

He reveals that many employees believed the stereotype and assumed that millennials were lazy or mischievous. But in reality, he says, millennials are often among the company's most successful employees and managers. And at the end of his presentation, everyone raises their hands.

Kimbrough tells me that millennials work just as hard as previous generations.

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Young professionals walk the streets of Manhattan, March 31, 2022, New York.

"Of course, people who are earlier in their careers are more likely to change jobs than those who are later in their careers," he says. “Millennials were not particularly likely to change jobs earlier in their careers. Really,they change jobs less often. Since about 2000, there has been a big drop in the number of people changing jobs.

It's been over 12 years since I changed jobs. And I hope to stay at it for many years to come.

Like me, many of my friends have been working for their employers for over a decade. Others would have stayed but became victims of company restructuring.

Repeated reliving of financial crises is also an important part of the millennial story.

"A lot of times millennials tell me they finally feel like they're on the right track," says Dorsey, "and then something happens that's beyond their control."

Myth 5: We are forever young

I remember when my dad turned 40. The very thought seemed ANCIENT to me. Colleagues pasted his picture on black crepe paper and hung it around the office. I was 9 and I gave him an outline poem I wrote about how he shouldn't feel bad about getting older.

"The gears in your head are still turning," I wrote, "and your brain is still working, as far as I know."

So yeah, the idea of ​​being like 40 now is something I'm still trying to figure out. Most days I still see myself as a young adult finding my way in this crazy, confusing world.

But as I commiserate with my husband about our ever-growing list of strange ailments, how we don't like going to loud restaurants anymore, and how it used to be, I realize that I'm not quite old, but I'm definitely more middle-aged than I'd like to be.admittedly.

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Yes, the youngest millennials are around 20 years old. But the older ones are approaching middle age.

However, when I first read last year that the oldest millennials were turning 40, this detail caught my eye. The idea seemed very strange. We've seen the same picture of millennials painted over and over for so long.

"People talk about millennials as if it's a catchy phrase for young people...which it's not," says Pollak.

Sometimes when I look at my daughter, that thought really sharpens as I feel my age rushing towards me like a ton of bricks.

She is much younger than me at this point in my parents' lives. In other words, I am already much older than my parents were when they raised me. I was almost 39 years old when my daughter was born. My husband just turned 41. By the time he finishes high school and goes to college, we'll both be almost 60, 80 years old when we become grandparents.

Thinking about things like this fills me with anxiety and a hint of sadness.

The author Amil Niazi, who turned 40 this year and has two young children, describes it perfectly - saying that she does this kind of math all the time and "gets stuck on the numbers".

"Now that I have these little, sweet, loving children, all I want is more time with them to focus not on their growth and change, but on me and the version of myself as a parent that I am now."she wrote in a recent article for The Cutwhere it is investigatedhow difficult and confusing it is to be middle-aged. "To stave off the back and knee pain that gets a little worse every year, to stave off the gray hair and high cholesterol, to stave off the inevitable medical scares and exhaustion that seem to overwhelm more and more of my days."

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As I struggle to come to terms with 40 and the lofty thoughts of being an old millennial, my daughter brings me down to earth by pointing to the woman on the cover of Look Great Over 50 and yelling, "Mommy!"

Niazi, like me and many other middle-aged millennials, understood what it means to not be young anymore.

“All my life... the history of civilization has always been about our youth. And it was always for us as that new, disruptive generation that was very broken, that stopped growth, that emphasized family life, retirement, housing, employment," Niazi told me. "We grew up seeing ourselves as such, as young Skorojevics, as destroyers, as people around whom culture is shaped, especially youth culture. Of course we will get sick from middle age."

Recently, my daughter and I stopped by the bookstore to buy some gifts.

She is almost 18 months old and already walking, and as soon as I put her down she went to the magazine section, where there was so much to discover at eye level.

"Mom!" she exclaimed, gleefully showing the cover of the magazine and pulling it off the shelf.

A beaming brunette looked at me under the Look Great At 50 sign.

“Looks pretty good,” I thought, “but OVER 50?!

Maybe my daughter was just sharing her joy in browsing the bookstore? Surely he couldn't have thought that I was more than a decade older than I already am.

But as she wandered down the magazine for the next 20 minutes, she kept coming back to him, saying "mom" each time.

I almost fixed it. "Oh, that's not mom", I was on the tip of my tongue as I realized that it doesn't matter if she somehow sees me on the cover of this magazine.

There are so many things I'm still trying to figure out, so many of us—millennials and non-millennials—struggle as we go through life.

As Niazi points out, math is really scary. And as I was painfully reminded this year, we never know how much time we will have with the ones we love.

With all this uncertainty, I know one thing: my daughter and I are extremely happy that we can now be together and spend an evening at the bookstore - something I used to do with my parents and something I always dreamed of if I ever had children of my own.

As I watch her walk down the aisles of the store, I feel so proud of how happy and curious she looks.

Her generation doesn't even have a name yet - orat least none that we know will stick. Whatever we call them one day, I can't wait to see what they do.

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What is the unluckiest generation reaches 40? ›

'Unluckiest' generation reaches 40s: Here's how millennials can get back on track. The millennials have started turning 40. That's right, this “young” and “naive” generation has officially entered middle age. Those born between 1981 and 1996 are in the millennial group so they are now between the ages of 26 and 42.

Would a 40 year old be a millennial? ›

Middle-aged millennials have arrived. As more millennials — often defined as those born between 1981 and 1996 — turn 40, a generation long defined by youth transitions to a new phase in life.

What is the top three problems of millennials today? ›

Top Ten Problems Millennials Have
  1. 1 Finding jobs in an over-educated world. ...
  2. 2 Learning basic life skills that they'll need to be independent. ...
  3. 3 Knowing when to put down/turn off their phones. ...
  4. 4 Coping with anxiety and depression. ...
  5. 5 Appreciating quality media and culture over crap. ...
  6. 6 Dealing with debt.

What is negative about millennials? ›

Common stereotypes associated with millennials, roughly defined as the generation born since 1980, are well documented and mostly negative. Millennials are presumed to be lazy, entitled, delusional, narcissistic and unreliable.

What is the most unhealthy generation? ›

A generation of narcissists

Baby boomers are living longer but not necessarily healthier. The Journal of the American Medical Association study reported lower activity levels, obesity, high cholesterol, and take more medication for diabetes and hypertension than previous generations.

Which generation is the saddest generation? ›

Gen Z has been called the 'most depressed generation' with the least positive outlook and diminished emotional and social well-being. They have more unmet social needs than any other generation. The statistics for their behavioural-health issues – mental and substance disorders – are alarming.

What are the two types of millennials? ›

Like Boomers, Millennials are a huge generation that we sometimes split into two subgroups: Early Millennials (born 1980-1987) and Recessionists (born 1988-1995).

What is the average millennial income? ›

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median millennial household pre-tax income was $71,566 in 2020, and many workers across all generations report that they are not earning enough.

What is the average net worth of a millennial? ›

Over the same period, stats show that the average net worth of millennials increased to $127,793, which is up from the $62,758 average in the first quarter of 2020. Interestingly, the report shows that most millennial net worth is tied to real estate they own.

What are the common complaints against Millennials? ›

"Millennials are entitled, narcissistic, unfocused, lazy and difficult to manage." 1. "Millennials have unrealistic expectations and excessive self-esteem!" 2.

What is the common stereotype of Millennials? ›

Millennials, the generation that includes those born between 1980 and 2003, are commonly described as lazy, poorly prepared and without aspirations.

What generation is having the most conflict with Millennials is? ›

Key points. Millennials and baby boomers have a mostly contentious relationship.

What are the 5 characteristics of millennials? ›

Like every other generation, Millennials display generalized and unique traits that make them different from their predecessors.
  • Millennials are technologically savvy. ...
  • Millennials are civic-oriented. ...
  • Millennials are conscious. ...
  • Millennials are global citizens. ...
  • Millennials are entrepreneurial. ...
  • Millennials are flexible.

Why are millennials so overwhelmed? ›

Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives.” While you are correct, 78 percent of those surveyed stated that they think they are more stressed than previous generations, with more debt, a more competitive job market, and more expensive healthcare being the leading reasons why.

What is millennials known for? ›

Millennials have been described as the first global generation and the first generation that grew up in the Internet age. The generation is generally marked by elevated usage of and familiarity with the Internet, mobile devices, and social media, which is why they are sometimes termed digital natives.

What is the brokest generation? ›

Is Gen Z the poorest generation? Gen Z has experienced higher poverty rates than millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers, according to the KIDS COUNT Data Center, but Gen Alpha is the poorest generation to date.

Why is Gen Z more mentally ill? ›

Unlike previous generations, Gen Z has little to no memory of a world without the internet, smartphones, and social media. Technology is a substantial part of their life. Being continually connected can also result in self-esteem issues and feeling pressure to conform.

What generation struggles the most? ›

According to Cigna International Health's 2023 survey of almost 12,000 workers around the world, 91% of 18-to-24-year-olds report being stressed – compared to 84% on average. Research indicates Gen Z are emerging as the most stressed demographic in the workplace, and struggling mightily to cope.

What generation is lonely? ›

People between the ages of 16 and 24, part of the group typically referred to as Generation Z, are the loneliest generation, according to new research.

Who is more prone to mental illness? ›

Approximately 9.5% of American adults ages 18 and over, will suffer from a depressive illness (major depression, bipolar disorder, or dysthymia) each year. Women are nearly twice as likely to suffer from major depression than men. However, men and women are equally likely to develop bipolar disorder.

What age group is the most stressed? ›

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), people in the 18-33 age group suffer the highest levels of stress in the U.S.

What is the attitude of millennials? ›

Issues that matter to Millennials

Millennials as a whole also demonstrate more optimism about the future than the other generations. They are more passionate than the older generations, with 27.2% falling into the Passionate group compared to 14.2% of Baby Boomers and 18% of Generation X.

What are older millennials called? ›

Xennials are the micro-generation of people on the cusp of the Generation X and Millennial demographic cohorts. Many researchers and popular media use birth years from 1977 to 1983, though some extend this to include those born up to 1985.

What are the 7 types of millennials? ›

6 Subcategories of Millennial
  • 1 Up & Comers. Persona. Up & Comers are tech-savvy, ambitious, highly educated, and smart. ...
  • 2 Global Givers. Persona. ...
  • 3 Traditionalists. Persona. ...
  • 4 Nostalgics. Persona. ...
  • 5 Trendsetters. Persona. ...
  • 6 Skeptics. Persona.
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What of millennials living paycheck to paycheck? ›

The survey found 60.1 percent of consumers were living paycheck to paycheck last month, including 73.2 percent of millennials. Meanwhile, 65.5 percent of Generation Z consumers and 64.2 percent of Generation X were living paycheck to paycheck, but only 49.5 percent of baby boomers and senior citizens were.

What do millennials spend money on? ›

Millennials spend 26% of their monthly income on rent or mortgage payments. 36% of Millennials are concerned with the cost of living. 30.3% of Millennials use Buy Now, Pay Later services. Millennials do 54% of their shopping online.

How much credit card debt does the average millennial have? ›

The Average Millennial Has Nearly $30K in Debt.

What millennial parents value most? ›

The fact that so many Millennial moms and dads both agreed that respect for others, as well as self-respect, is imperative for their children reveals that sister traits such as communication, sincerity, gratitude, and being a good listener are also primary concerns.

What is the top 1% of millennials? ›

Meet the millennial 1%

Based on income alone, if you're under 35, you're a “top 1%” earner if your household earns more than $225,000.

Why are millennials in so much debt? ›

Millennials are racking up debt due to soaring inflation, Fujita noted. Consumer prices have skyrocketed in the last year, particularly for gas, child care and food.

Why do millennials struggle with relationships? ›

Millennials face unique communication challenges in their relationships because of technology and the impact of social media. As a generation that grew up with access to communication tools like smartphones and the internet, millennials often rely on technology to connect with their partners.

Do millennials have mental health issues? ›

Millennials have seen an increase in major depression and alcohol use disorders in the past year. Nearly one-third of millennials have some type of behavioral health problem. They're more likely to suffer from depression than their elders.

What is the subculture of Millennials? ›

By this definition, Millennials are a subculture.

While they share many of the myths, customs and rituals of the larger culture, they have language, preferences and customs that are distinct to their generation. They have a unique set of reference groups and opinion leaders.

What is the greatest generation stereotype? ›

Characteristics of the Greatest Generation
  • They are patriotic.
  • They are driven and motivated.
  • They show a strong work ethic.
  • They live modestly.
  • They are frugal consumers and prudent savers.
  • They are committed and loyal.

Why are Millennials called that? ›

Millennials are a demographic cohort or age group, also known as Generation Y. They're called millennials because they became adults around the time of the millennium.

Why is Gen Z better than Millennial? ›

Gen Zs are more realistic

Millennials are characterized as optimistic thanks to their encouraging Baby Boomer parents and the fact that they were born and raised in more prosperity and opportunity. On the other hand, Gen Zs will be more realistic mainly thanks to the fact that they grew up in unrest.

Are millennials the hardest working generation? ›

Despite stereotypes endorsed by older generations, millennials are one of the hardest working generations. Over a quarter of them work 2 or more jobs. The number of weekly working hours is also astonishing for this generation, with 73% working more than 40 hours per week, and almost 25% working more than 50 hours.

What age group breakdown is millennials? ›

Gen Y: Gen Y, or Millennials, were born between 1981 and 1994/6. They are currently between 25 and 40 years old (72.1 million in the U.S.) Gen Y.1 = 25-29 years old (around 31 million people in the U.S.) Gen Y.2 = 29-39 (around 42 million people in the U.S.)

What are the best qualities of millennials? ›

Positive Traits of Millennials
  1. Adventurous. US Millennials were more likely to study abroad than previous generations. ...
  2. Well-Educated. Millennials are more likely to be college-educated than previous generations. ...
  3. Tech-Savvy. ...
  4. Fearless. ...
  5. Concerned About Global Issues.

What is unique about millennials? ›

The generation has unique attributes such as being web-savvy, curious, independent, and tolerant. The millennials grew up in an electronic and online environment that created their eagerness to acquire new skills.

What are the psychological characteristics of millennials? ›

So, millennials tend to have very positive views of themselves and are very optimistic about their expectations for their lives and they're more likely to say that they're above average compared to their peers and they tend to score higher on other measures of positive self-views, like self-esteem and even narcissism.

Why do millennials quit so easily? ›

According to Gallup, 6 out 10 millennials (57%) answered that work-life balance and well-being in a job are “very important” to them. As a result, they are more likely to leave a job as it doesn't meet their needs in terms of salary, benefits, or workplace culture. Let's dig deeper into these reasons!

What time do millennials go to bed? ›

The average person falls asleep by 10 p.m., but nearly a fifth of respondents go to bed later than this. Those who claim they have “excellent” sleep prefer to hit the hay a little earlier at 9:39 p.m. Millennials are the most likely to go to bed the earliest at 9:49 p.m., followed by Gen X and baby boomers.

What is the cause of depression in millennials? ›

Why is depression on the rise among millennials? Digital media usage could be partly to blame, although more research is needed. Increased isolation and competition, sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise could also play a role.

Why are millennials so healthy? ›

They are eating healthier and exercising more than previous generations. They smoke less. Almost half consider healthy eating a lifestyle choice as opposed to a goal-driven diet. Technology has enabled greater access to wellness information and has put personal health monitoring into the palms of their hands.

What words describe millennials? ›

They are generally regarded as being more open-minded, and more supportive of gay rights and equal rights for minorities. Other positives adjectives to describe them include confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and receptive to new ideas and ways of living.

What are millennials born in? ›


Also known as digital natives, millennials are those born between 1982 and 1994 and technology is part of their everyday lives: all their activities are mediated by a screen.

What generation is over 40? ›

Generations defined by name, birth year, and ages in 2023
GenerationsBornCurrent Ages
Millennials1981 – 199627 – 42
Gen X1965 – 198043 – 58
Boomers II (a/k/a Generation Jones)*1955 – 196459 – 68
Boomers I*1946 – 195469 – 77
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What is the 40 year old generation called? ›

Baby Boomers: Born 1946-1964 (59-77 years old) Gen X: Born 1965-1980 (43-58 years old) Millennials: Born 1981-1996 (27-42 years old) Gen Z: Born 1997-2012 (11-26 years old)

What generation doesn t want kids? ›

Millennials and Gen Z are less enthusiastic about having children than their parents. The reasons are many: financial, social, and biological, along with the preference among younger generations for “freedom.” America's falling fertility rates have been a cause for concern for several decades.

What age range is the lost generation? ›

The Lost Generation was the social generational cohort in the Western world that was in early adulthood during World War I. The generation is generally defined as people born from 1883 to 1900.

What is Gen Z vs millennial? ›

Generation Z was born between 1995 and 2012, whereas Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996. In 2019 the oldest Millennials turned 40, which means that they have been part of adult life for a while.

What is the current generation called? ›

Generation Alpha are defined as those born from 2010-2024.

Are Millennials aging slower? ›

Millennials are aging better than the previous generations thanks to the support of their parents and other family members. Throw in a healthier lifestyle and a focus on skincare, and millennials have cracked the code to keeping a youthful look for much longer in life.

How old are Millennials in 2023? ›

Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996, according to the Pew Research Center. So as of 2023, the millennial age range is between 27 and 42.

Why is it called Silent Generation? ›

The term “Silent Generation” was first documented in a 1951 Time magazine article, which claimed that the most startling fact about this generation was its silence: “By comparison with the Flaming Youth of their fathers and mothers, today's younger generation is a still, small flame.” The generation's “silent” behavior ...

Which generation is least materialistic? ›

The Fall of Materialism. Gen Z and Gen AA both are also less materialistic than previous generations. This needs a bit of explanation, and it has nothing to do with idealism or spiritualism.

Which generation is struggling? ›

According to Cigna International Health's 2023 survey of almost 12,000 workers around the world, 91% of 18-to-24-year-olds report being stressed – compared to 84% on average. Research indicates Gen Z are emerging as the most stressed demographic in the workplace, and struggling mightily to cope.

Are Gen Z kids depressed? ›

Members of Generation Z report higher rates of depression and a number of other mental health conditions than do generations before them. At the same time, they are more likely than previous generations to report these problems, positioning those who seek help in a place to receive it.

Who is considered the Lost Generation? ›

The term embraces Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, E.E. Cummings, Archibald MacLeish, Hart Crane, and many other writers who made Paris the centre of their literary activities in the 1920s. They were never a literary school.

How long does a generation live? ›

We often reckon the passage of time by generations, but just how long is a generation? As a matter of common knowledge, we know that a generation averages about 25 years—from the birth of a parent to the birth of a child—although it varies case by case.

What generation is older than the Silent Generation? ›

The American generations covered in the theory are: Greatest Generation (born circa 1901 to 1924) Silent Generation (circa 1925 to 1945) Baby Boomers (circa 1946 to 1964)


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