Millennials ( c. 1982-2100), also known as Generation Y, are those Americans born between 1982 and 2001, give or take a few years on either side depending on who you ask. Currently they are those in their teens and twenties. Most are children of the Baby Boom and Generation X. There are about 80 million Millennials, making up a fourth of the country. They will become increasingly important over the next 50 years or so.
American generations that are still alive, going by Time magazine’s names and dates:
- 1901-1924: The Greatest Generation
- 1925-1942: The Silent Generation
- 1943-1960: Baby Boomers
- 1961-1980: Generation X
- 1980-2000: The Millennials
Some famous Millennials: Mark Zuckerberg, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, Malia Obama.
- 60% White
- 20% Hispanic
- 14% Black
- 5% Asian
- 1% Other
Note: Most studies are done on white, middle-class Millennials at university by white male professors of the Baby Boom.
Millennials are on average, compared to older generations at the same age:
- poorer and more likely to be out of work or underemployed for their level of education;
- live with their parents longer, get married and have children later;
- less in debt, despite the student loan horror stories;
- more concerned with getting rich;
- more narcissistic;
- less able to put themselves in other people’s shoes or understand their point of view;
- less racist, sexist and homophobic;
- less creative, less rebellious, more pro-business, more accepting of society the way it is;
- more likely to ask their parents for advice, more likely to listen to the same music and watch the same television shows as their parents;
- less likely to belong to a religion (30% do not, a record), less concerned with developing a meaningful philosophy of life.
Most are digital natives: they grew up with computers, mobile phones and the Internet. They are not “new” things to them like they are to older Americans. They seem to be looking at a screen much of the time. In fact, much of their society has moved from meatspace into cyberspace. Facebook is their invention. So is Tumblr.
Uncommon experiences: Writing a letter with pen and paper, using a dial telephone, seeing a television station go off the air, playing a phonograph, being completely lost.
Ancient history: Nixon, the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, Jim Crow, the 1950s.
- 2010s to 2020s: sing most of the new American pop music.
- 2030s: write about how terrible Generation Z is.
- 2050s: Millennial presidents.
- 2070s: Listen to Lady Gaga on cruise ships.
Two things that has surprised me about them so far:
- Multigenerational music: They listen to rap even when their parents do. The only new forms of music they have invented so far are metalcore and dubstep. Admittedly, it probably sounds as unmusical to me as rap did in the 1980s to older people or rock did in the 1950s.
- They did not protest the Iraq War, not in huge numbers, even though it was every bit as nakedly imperialistic as the Vietnam War.
– Abagond, 2013.
- YouTube: Vsauce: Juvenoia – the whole “kids these day” phenomenon and the nature of generations
- narcissistic personality disorder
- Living a year without the Internet
- My adventures in porn
- Tumblr: yet more Internet crack
- Millennials I have done posts on:
- born in 1982:
- born in 1983:
- born in 1984:
- born in 1985:
- born in 1986:
- born in 1987:
- born in 1988:
- born in 1989:
- born in 1990:
- born in 1991:
- born in 1992:
- born in 1993:
- born in 1994:
- born in 1995:
- born in 1996:
- born in 1997:
- born in 1998:
- born in 1999:
- born in 2000:
- born in 2001:
- songs (by Millennials that appeal to me, a non-Millennial):
- B.o.B. & Bruno Mars: Nothin’ on You
- Chris Brown: With You
- Chrisette Michele: A Couple Of Forevers
- Ciara: Never Ever
- Dorrough: Ice Cream Paint Job
- Esperanza Spalding ft Algebra Blessett – Black Gold
- Janelle Monae: Tightrope
- Janelle Monáe ft Erykah Badu: Q.U.E.E.N.
- Juelz Santana: Oh Yes
- Keke Wyatt: If Only You Knew
- Solange: F*ck The Industry
- Solange Knowles: Losing You
- Solange: I Decided
- Solange: Sandcastle Disco
- Trey Songz: Neighbors Know My Name