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Baby boomers: How millennial are you?

The Pew Research Center is studying millennials, teens and twenty somethings born after 1980.

Part of its research is a 14-item quiz to tell you how "millennial" you are, on a scale from 0 to 100, by comparing your answers with those of others in a scientific nationwide survey. You can also find out how you stack up against others your age.

I took the test and my millennial score was 57. On the scale, I was ranked as a gen Xer.

I probably progressed out of the Baby Boomer category because I blog and use social media. Also, I was probably “marked down” because I don’t have tattoos.

In its report, “Millennials: Confident, Connected. Open to Change,” the Pew Center says that generations, like people, have personalities, and Millennials have begun to forge theirs: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat, and open to change.

The report summarizes millennials as follows:

They’re more ethnically and racially diverse than older adults. They’re less religious, less likely to have served in the military, and are on track to become the most educated generation in American history.

They embrace multiple modes of self-expression. Three-quarters have created a profile on a social networking site. One-in-five have posted a video of themselves online. Nearly four-in-ten have a tattoo.

Despite struggling, and often failing, to find jobs during the recession, about nine-in-10 either say that they currently have enough money or that they’ll eventually meet their long-term financial goals. But, 37 percent 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.

Whether as a by-product of protective parents, the age of terrorism, or a media culture that focuses on dangers, they cast a wary eye on human nature. Two-thirds say, “you can’t be too careful” when dealing with people. Yet they are less skeptical than their elders of government. More so than other generations, they believe government should do more to solve problems.

Take a look at the Pew Center report for more information on millennials. It’s fascinating that the millennials may be able to achieve some successes that have alluded boomers: a less oppressive workplace, less support for wars, and more support for effective domestic programs.

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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Tom Sightings

I'm a Baby Boomer with two Millennial children. The Pew research isn't inaccurate; all I can say is that there's more to life than "a profile on a social networking site."


Hi Tom,

The Pew Center research found millennials are confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat, and open to change. Not bad for generational characteristics.

I hope they'll be able to do something about making the workplace more humane, something baby boomers haven't been able to accomplish.



I believe there is overlapping of general characteristics among the generations: baby boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, etc.

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