Millennials: Who are they ?

‘Millennials’ has turn into a sort of buzzword in the media. We hear it often to explain what seems like the youngest adult citizens in our country who happen to also be the most careless on every level. We’re hearing it even more now with the COVID situation. We hear that ‘millennials’ are the ones who are refusing to stay home; that millennials were still on beaches instead of sacrificing their spring break.

Like there is between all other generations, get Z and millennials share some similarities that cause them to get mixed up so often. Also, as with anything new, it takes whoever is furthest from it, longest catch on. 

So what exactly is a millennial ? And how do they differ from Gen Z ? According to Pew Research’s Fact Tank, “Most Millennials were between the ages of 5 and 20 when the 9/11 terrorist attacks shook the nation, and many were old enough to comprehend the historical significance of that moment, while most members of Gen Z have little or no memory of the event. 

Millennials also grew up in the shadow of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which sharpened broader views of the parties and contributed to the intense political polarization that shapes the current political environment. And most Millennials were between 12 and 27 during the 2008 election, where the force of the youth vote became part of the political conversation and helped elect the first black president. Added to that is the fact that Millennials are the most racially and ethnically diverse adult generation in the nation’s history. Yet the next generation – Generation Z – is even more diverse.”

So millennials were born between the years of 1981 and 1996*. Gen Y was born between the years of 1997 and 2012. Today millennials are between the ages of 24 and 39. We have generally already graduated college, entered the workforce with some tenure under our belts and have started families.

*There’s not widespread agreement over where exactly each generation ends and begins. Each year can +/- 5 years.