I’d say in the past year or so, I’ve been hearing this term “Millennial.” More importantly, people that meet me for the first time tend describe me as a typical “Millennial.” This feeling of being called a typical “Millennial” is reminiscent to me being described as a typical “Sagittarius.” (Hmm… future blog idea on my Zodiac sign, noted. 😛 )
Just to make sure that I wasn’t being called a curse word or anything, I decided to look into this concept further. In fact, I found a quiz by Pew Research Center called: How Millenial Are You?
In 15 short questions, I discovered that I am 90% Millennial. In fact, I’m considered “above average” compared to the typical Millennial that takes this quiz.
I decided to read into the executive summary of this quiz to better understand my newly discovered identity. Here are a couple of findings that helped me better understand why I am considered a Millennial:
- Millenials are considered to be “confident, self expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.” – I think the reason we are like this is because we had to. I will elaborate more in the next point.
- Despite struggling (and often failing) to find jobs in the teeth of a recession, about nine-in-ten either say that they currently have enough money or that they will eventually meet their long-term financial goals. … 37% of 18- to 29-year-olds are unemployed or out of the workforce, the highest share among this age group in more than three decades. – in my personal experience of getting let go from four jobs in a span of five years (can you beat my record? Tweet me @msjenamos), I had no choice but to be “confident, self expressive, upbeat, liberal and open to change.” Failing one job after another had led me to self-employment, running my own digital marketing firm since March 2013. Despite not having the comfy “forty-hour work week and full benefits” a traditional job could give me, I can say that I am very confident in meeting my long-term financial goals.
- One-in-four millennials are unaffiliated with any religion. Yet not belonging does not necessarily mean not believing. – I stepped away from (as one of my friends coined it) “organized religion” years ago. I was raised as a Catholic, going to church every Sunday and participating in church choir for a couple years. But I was in and out of my religion all my life. Then about a decade ago, I chose to stop trying. Being a fairly holistic and all-natural-living kind of gal today, I’ve learned to put my faith in the universe and in my dad (RIP 1998). Yes, I believe my dad is out there conspiring with the universe to make my dreams come true. And so far, he’s done a great job spoiling his daughter. <3
- Only about six-in-ten were raised by both parents – a smaller share than was the case with older generations. – Definitely can relate to this. My mom had been a widow raising three kids since I was about 10 years old.
- Millennial’s place parenthood and marriage far above career and financial success. But they aren’t rushing to the altar. – True and true for me. 😛 Part of my aspiration is to build my career first so I am financially stable when I get married. I also aspire to be a work-from-home mom. So far, I can say that my business is in alignment to my aspirations. 🙂
- This Pew Research Center Report profiles the roughly 50 million millennials who currently span the ages of 18 to 29. …The Millennial generation label refers those born after 1980 – the first generation to come of age in the new millennium. – I’ll give you a shout out on Twitter if you can guess how old I am. 😛 Hint: I’m somewhere within 18 to 29 years old.
- Millennials technological exceptionalism is chronicled throughout the survey. It’s not just their gadgets – it’s the way they fused their social lives into them. …Millennials are also more likely than older adults to say technology makes life easier and brings family and friends closer together. … 24% of Millennials feel distinctive to other generations because of their use of technology. – A great example of my lifestyle. First of all, I have been blogging since 2002. I’ve made some of my closest friends through blogging and expressing myself through technology (i.e. social media). My best form of communication (in case you’re interested in getting a hold of me quickly) is text message, email, and social media. I thrive with technology. Generation X (people born from 1965 to 1980) and Baby Boomers (people born from 1946 to 1964) tend to be drawn toward me as most of them are my social media marketing clientele. And recently, I’ve stayed in touch with my world-traveling sister via SnapChat.
- Work ethic, moral values, respect for others – Young adults agree that older adults have the better of it. In short, Millennials may be a self-confident generation, but they display little appetite for claims of moral superiority. – Before I get mistaken for being “lazy,” I would like to believe that Millennials’ use of technology has allowed us to work smarter rather than harder. But yeah, living in a fast-paced society, it’s not a surprise that our moral values and respect for others can change frequently. I don’t believe we are being “wishy-washy.” I believe with all this available information (thanks to the Internet) and more (affordable/convenient) opportunities to experience life, living in a diverse world makes us more open-minded and flexible with our moral values.
- The public – young and old alike – thinks the younger generation is more racially tolerant than their elders. In their views about interracial dating, millennials are the most open to change than any generation. … Likewise, Millennial’s are more receptive to immigrants than their elders. – I believe that this is a good explanation as to why we as millennial’s may have less of a work ethic, moral values and respect for others than older adults. We just grew up in a world that is far from being black and white.
- Millennial’s are more accepting than older generations of modern family arrangements. For example: mothers of young children working outside the home, adults living together without being married, people of different races marrying each other. To be sure, acceptance does not in all cases translate into a right approval. But it does mean Millennials disapprove less. – We’re accepting and open minded, yo.
Thank you Pew Research for helping me better understand what it means to be a Millennial. Click here to see the full report. Now I will be more informed (and less offended) when I am called a Millennial. 🙂