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Millennials Don't Stand A Chance

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Illustration by Thomas James

Millennials'€”growing up with revolutionary technology and entering adulthood in a time of recession'€”have recently been much maligned. Are their critics right? Is this generation uniquely coddled, narcissistic, and lazy? Or have we let conventional wisdom blind us to their openness to change and innovation, and optimism in the face of uncertainty, which, in any generation, are qualities to be admired?


Today’s emerging adults are more Generation Me than Generation We when compared to previous generations.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Jean Twenge

New college graduates face a labor force that neither wants or needs them.

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Joe Queenan

Millennials have brought with them a very different set of attitudes and behaviors than the youth who preceded them: a confidence and conventionality, a preference for group consensus, an aversion to personal risk, and a self-image as special and as worthy of protection.

Sunday, February 1, 2009
Neil Howe and Reena Nadler

According to the stories about millennials they are ruining pro football, killing the housing market, subverting tried-and-true dating rituals, and overconsuming even while they are underconsuming.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Kate Dries
Pew Research

The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood. Now ranging in age from 18 to 31, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry— and optimistic about the future.

Friday, March 7, 2014
Pew Research

Pew’s 14 item quiz will tell you how “millennial” you are, on a scale from 0 to 100.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Generations, like people, have personalities, and Millennials — the American teens and twenty-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood at the start of a new millennium — have begun to forge theirs: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Pew Research
Money & Mobility

According to Emmanuel Saez, ‘The level of opportunity is alarming, even though it’s stable over time.’

Thursday, January 23, 2014
John Cassidy

For many 20- and 30-somethings, paying off the cost of college takes priority. Marriage, a house and family will have to wait.

Monday, July 1, 2013
Hadley Malcolm

The millennials’ relationship with money seems quite simple. They do not have a lot of it, and what they do have, they seem reluctant to spend.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Annie Lowrey

Is ‘generational theft’ a bunch of nonsense aimed at bolstering the campaign to cut Social Security and Medicare? Yes and no.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
David Callahan

Survey results that confirm generational differences in the workforce, with a focus on millennials.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Neil Howe and Reena Nadler

The generation now entering the work force, people in their late teens and early 20s, are consistently panned by many employers as not ready for the workplace. But while there are real differences, their behavior on the job might not be so different from that of previous generations.

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Mitchell Hartman

Millennials aren't as lazy and entitled as they're made out to be. Why everyone needs to adapt to the workforce of the future.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Gloria Larson and Mike Metzger

At Quicken Loans' headquarters, young employees play table tennis on breaks, ride scooters between offices and have management's ear whenever they want it.

Monday, June 10, 2013
Jayne O’Donnell

The millennial generation, also known as Generation Y, is the first to come of age with cable TV, the Internet and cell phones, so technology is essentially baked into every millennial’s DNA.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

College students are constantly glued to their smartphones: texting, tweeting and updating their statuses on Facebook. But that doesn't mean it makes them happy.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Cara Newlon

College students in America are not as ‘digital’ as we might wish to pretend.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Siva Vaidhyanathan
Civic Engagement & Community

Millennials have come of age in a period of increasing availability of information and expansive customization of goods and services. Their experiences have led them to an á la carte worldview, including politics.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Michelle Diggles

With a mountain of student debt, an unemployment rate hovering around 15 percent and an array of major institutions that don’t appear to be in tune with the problems that they face, the fact that younger Americans aren’t running out to salute the flag should come as little surprise.

Monday, March 24, 2014
Joshua Holland

The millennial generation has already begun to emerge as a powerful political and social force. They are smart, well-educated, open-minded, and independent--politically, socially, and philosophically.

Sunday, September 14, 2008
Eric Greenberg and Karl Weber
Additional Articles

Lazy, entitled narcissists... who will save us all?

Monday, May 20, 2013
Joel Stein