What is considered a Millennial? It was discovered that Millennials, or members of Generation Y, are less likely to strongly identify with the generational term when compared to Generation X or to the baby boomers, with only 40% of those born between 1982 and 2004 identifying as part of the Millennial Generation.
Generation Y people may be known as echo boomers because they are the children of baby boomers, The Generation Y cohort is also referred to as Millennials, the Internet generation, iGen and/or the Net generation and the Me Me Me Generation.
It is the most talked about generation
“Technology has always been a part of their everyday lives – it’s been estimated that they check their phones 43 times daily” (Investopedia).
“Millennials are addicted to their phones and can’t stay away from them” – adults in my life.
“41 percent of Millennials have no landline at home and rely on their cell phones for communication” (Inc.com).
“Millennials are better at unplugging from their Gen X counterparts. Nearly Millennials are 49 percent more willing to digitally “detox” while on vacation than their Gen X counterparts” (Social Media Week).
Millennials are the children of the Baby Boomers in the U.S., who are also known as the Me Generation, who then produced the Me Me Me Generation, whose selfishness technology has only exacerbated.
Whereas in the 1950s families displayed a wedding photo, a school photo and maybe a military photo in their homes, the average middle-class American family today walks amid 85 pictures of themselves and their pets.
Millennials have come of age in the era of the quantified self, recording their daily steps on FitBit, their whereabouts every hour of every day on PlaceMe and their genetic data on 23 and Me.
They have less civic engagement and lower political participation than any previous group. This is a generation that would have made Walt Whitman wonder if maybe they should try singing a song of someone else.
In short many Millennials are overeducated, under-employed, heavily in debt, and looking to make a difference in the world-either working for themselves, or in a company that doesn’t just focus on profit. They also want to work in a collaborative, flexible environment that doesn’t require them to be in the office all the time, and one that will allow them to utilize social media.