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I'm like so Millennial...

By John Donvan — April 08, 2014

Not. Nowhere near a Millennial.


I am not a big taker of online quizzes. You know these kinds of things:

- "Take the Test: Which Downton Abbey Character Are You?"
- "QUIZ: What Is Your Inner Political Identity?"
- "Am I Pregnant? Take Our Quiz and Find Out!"

Nope, still “no” for me on the pregnancy question, I'm betting.

But I got hooked in the other day by the Pew Research Center's online invite to “Take our 14 item quiz and we’ll tell you how ‘Millennial’ you are, on a scale from 0 to 100.” (Take the quiz here.)

This one I took, curious, because on Wednesday night, I'll be moderating a debate on Millennials -- the nickname (in the manner of “Baby Boomers” and “Gen Xers”) given to the generation coming of age roughly around the decades on either side of the year 2000.

As you know, there's a lot of back and forth on whether young adults in this group are history's most innovative, flexible, open-minded, entrepreneurial generation ever. Or its most spoiled, non-resilient, and narcissistic.

The actual motion language on Wednesday night will be: “Millennials Don't Stand a Chance.”

So I took the quiz, knowing that these Pew people are pretty serious folks, always churning out white papers and status reports on journalism and society and whatnot, with the motto: “Numbers, Facts and Trends Shaping Your World.”

Sample question: “In the past 24 hours, did you play video games, or not?” (Nope, and still not pregnant).

And I came up with a score of 55.

And now I'm stuck wondering, “What? 55? Is that good? Is that bad?” Would I actually want to be a Millennial? Would anyone? Couldn't Pew just have done a yes/no thing and made this easy?

It won't be a pregnancy test, our Millennial debate. But it will be full with argument, challenge, emotion, inspiration, and, at points, fun. Just like the Downton Abbey character you most resemble.

Join us this Wednesday, in person or online, and let's find out together. DNBL8.


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John Donvan, Moderator
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates



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