What Is the Millennial Generation?


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The millennial generation is a term for people born between 1980 and 1999. The millennial generation is one of the most researched generations, and some characteristics include optimism, diversity and technical savvy.

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What Is the Millennial Generation?
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The millennial generation lives in a time in history when minorities will lead the U.S. population. For this reason, they are considered one of the most diverse generations. Economically, this is the most educated generation as of 2015, although a majority still remain undereducated. Coming to working age during times of economic turmoil, many millennials are underemployed. Despite bleak economic conditions, millennials remain one of the more optimistic generations.

Millennials are more likely than previous generations to delay marriage and children. The average age for a millennial's first marriage is 27 for women and 29 for men. Even further, a Pew analysis of census data predicts that 25 percent of millennials will never marry at all.

The millennial generation also represents a shift in technology. For instance, millennials are more likely to use television and Internet sources to access news and information as opposed to newspaper and radio. They are sometimes referred to as "digital natives" because they began using technology such as computers and cell phones at a young age.

Other millennial character traits include confidence, tolerance and entitlement.

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