Chances are you’ve been labeled something at some point in your life. Whether it was true or false, ignored or embraced, it was completely up to you. Well, one label that you may not have even known you were wearing is Millenial — and according to a recent infographic, it defines our generation. Now, I’m not one to let anything define me, but parts seemed pretty dead on. It was actually pretty cool to see where I fit in, how I was different and in some cases, just to see that I wasn’t alone.
What makes up a Millenial? You’re between the ages of 18-29, are educated and love technology, just to name a few of the defining traits. The infographic basically lumped together our attitudes, beliefs and just the way we live our lives and got some interesting statistics. From the gadgets we use to our views on politics, as obvious as it may be, we differ a lot from the generations that came before us. Those being: Generation X, Baby Boomers, and the Silent Generation. Here’s some of what was found. [via FastCo Design]
1. We get schooled. The percentage of us attending college hasn’t yet been seen within our age group. 40 percent of us are in college, and half of us would like to continue our education after we get that first diploma. And, even though you may be thousands of dollars in debt, 86 percent still feel it was still a good investment.
2. For us, looking for a job, can be a full-time job. Recession ringing a bell for anybody? Thirty-seven percent of us college grads don’t have a job, and 36 percent of us rely on good ol’ Mom and Dad for financial support. But, the good part? We’re optimistic it will get better.
3. We love our technology. Considering you’re reading a blog, on your laptop, computer, iPad or smartphone it should come as no shock that 75 percent of us are on a social networking sites. What might, is that 20 percent of our parents are using them too. The fact that we spend so much time with technology has also made 74 percent of us believe that new technology makes things easier. But what things? Sure contacting people is easier, but what about actual physical contact?
4. We say we care, but don’t always act on it. When it comes to the environment, even though we’ve seen so many campaigns for “going green” we rank lower than all the generations before us. We recycle less, buy organic foods less and buy “green” products less . Basically, we gotta step it up. Luckily for you, we have 10 easy ways to help you out right here.
5. We’re free spirits. Four out of ten of us have a tattoo and just one in five of us is married. Depending on your age, that may sound like a good thing, but compared to the Baby Boomer generation, we’re moving at half the rate they were. We’re also the least religious generation in our nation’s history — up to 25 percent of us live our lives without religion.
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So what do you guys think? Do you agree with the data? Anything shock you?