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Millennials (Generation Y)

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Millennials, also known as Generation Y or the Net Generation, are the demographic cohort that directly follows Generation X.  Neil Howe and William Strauss, authors of the 1991 book Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069, are often credited with coining the term. Howe and Strauss define the Millennial cohort as consisting of individuals born between 1982 and 2004.

Characteristics of Millennials

There is a great deal of variation from one individual to another within any generational cohort. Nevertheless, the particular environment for any generation affects those individuals in ways that are observable as broad tendencies. Having been raised under the mantra "follow your dreams" and being told they were special, Millennials tend to be confident. While largely a positive trait, the Millennial generation’s confidence can sometimes spill over into the realms of entitlement and narcissism.  They are often seen as slightly more optimistic about the future of America than other generations -- despite the fact that they are the first generation since the Silent Generation that is expected to be less economically successful than their parents.

One reported result of Millennial optimism is entering into adulthood with unrealistic expectations, which sometimes leads to disillusionment. Many early Millennials went through post-secondary education only to find themselves employed in unrelated fields or underemployed and job hopping more frequently than previous generations. Their expectations may have resulted from the very encouraging, involved and almost ever-present group of parents that became known as helicopter parents.

Millennials in the workplace

Some adaptations in the workplace have come about from employers accommodating Millennials. The bring-your-own device trend (BYOD), for example, is at least in part a reaction to the Millennials’ near-addiction to mobile devices. Workplace satisfaction matters more to Millennials than monetary compensation and work-life balance is often considered essential. They are less likely than previous generations to put up with an unpleasant work environment and much more likely to use social networking to broadcast their concerns. On the other hand, satisfied Millennials are often employee advocates for the organizations they work for, providing honest, free -- and convincing -- public relations (PR).

Having grown up being bombarded by advertising, Millennials tend to be skeptical about promotional material of any kind. Whether buying products and services or considering employment, Millennials are more likely to listen to their friends than to be affected by marketing or public relations material. This characteristic makes both conventional marketing and employee recruitment practices often ineffective for Millennials.

Millennials and technology

Millennials grew up with computers, the Internet and the graphical user interface (GUI). This familiarity makes them adept at understanding interfaces and visual languages. They tend to adjust readily to new programs, operating systems (OS) and devices and to perform computer-based tasks more quickly than older generations. Although it’s been proven that multitasking is not usually an effective way to work, Millennials may be the employees that are most likely to pull it off.

Millennials are generally comfortable with the idea of a public Internet life. Privacy, in the Millennial eye, is mostly a concern of functional settings limiting who sees their online shares. This comfort with social media means they are good at self-promotion and fostering connections through online media. But this approach often results in an issue when comparing themselves to peers. Millennials are sometimes frustrated by the grass seeming greener on the other side of the fence. That impression may be due to people’s image crafting, which emphasizes their good qualities and exciting parts of their lives. 

Even though Millennials are very dependent on the Internet for learning how to do things, it's likely they do not really understand how the internet works. When their computers or devices don’t work, Millennials often have difficulty troubleshooting technical problems. In contrast, the technically-inclined members of Generation X usually have a deeper understanding of programming and hardware issues because they were actively participating in the evolution of the internet. 

Millennials and culture

The Millennials have shown in survey to have the least faith in the institutions of America. Conversely, they also show the highest support of political independents and protestor-formed governments. Although Millennials have less faith in religious institutions, at the same time the numbers have also risen for those who have absolute faith in the existence of a god. Many churches’ messages clash with the Millennial ideal of tolerance for religious, racial, gender, sexual orientation differences. Millennials are also concerned about social justice and will not support institutions that they see as in conflict with social and economic equality.  As such, Millennials are exerting their influence on the world around them, as all prior generations have done.

In this video, Jackie Rotman explains why everything you think you know about Millennial culture is wrong.

Are you a Millennial?

While the term Millennials is usually considered to apply to individuals who reached adulthood around the turn of the 21st century, the precise delineation varies from one source to another. Other proposed dates for Millennials:

  • According to Iconoclast, a consumer research firm, the first Millennials were born in 1978.
  • Newsweek magazine reported that the Millennial generation was born between 1977 and 1994.
  • In separate articles, the New York Times pegged the Millennials at 1976-1990 and 1978-1998.
  • A Time magazine article placed the Millennials at 1980-2000.
Nicknames for generations
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Millennial statistics 

The source for the statistics below is Pew Research:

  • 50 percent of Millennials consider themselves politically unaffiliated.
  • 29 percent consider themselves religiously unaffiliated.
  • They have the highest average number of Facebook friends, with an average of 250 friends vs. Generations X's 200.
  • 55 percent have posted a selfie or more to social media sites versus 20 percent of Generation X.
  • 8 percent of Millennials claim to have sexted, whereas 30 percent claim to have received sexts.
  • They send a median of 50 texts a day.
  • As of 2012, only 19 percent of Millennials said that, generally, others can be trusted.
  • There are about 76 million Millennials in the United States (based on research using the years 1978-2000).
  • Millennials are the last generation born in the 20th century.
  • Twenty percent have at least one immigrant parent.
This was last updated in December 2019

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confused on "not remembering a time without the internet"... that did not gain notable traction until the mid 90's (with the introduction to Windows '95.)

Before you argue that there was internet before then, I'm stating for the young generation of that period... where computers were still relatively new and expensive and they were still "playing", trying to be youthful.

While I was born in '74, I feel there is a MASSIVE life and knowledge gap between having and not having "internet".

Correct me if I'm wrong, but that seems very off... (only four years difference) and they can't remember a time "without it"?
I was born in 1993. I didn't actually use the internet until probably middle school, but there were always computers around it's just I could only use them for things like paint or the pinball game that was on computers back then. So I would say I can't remember a time without computers, but I can remember a time without the internet.
Millennials are idiots, who have no culture, no sense of self, no identity and no useful opinions on life.

MOST OF gen X, baby boomers and older generations are narrow minded and racists

Millennials are also known to be color blind because most are known to have friends of all race, we are not as segregated as the previous generations. This post makes us look lazy and stupid. I do remember the time before there was internet and I remember the very first cell phones. Technology is used for the so many things these days and for so many careers from sending emails all day to doing surgery robotically. Technology is advancing everyday so that doesn't mean that we are less well than our parents, if anything we will be better off than they were because we will need more scientist, engineers, and doctors to control all this technology.
Maybe you should put down your cell phone, and consider signing up for an English class?
I doubt that the usage of electronic devices is detrimental to the English speaking capabilities of a person. In fact, without the Internet I would not have had the chance to learn much of the English I know. Perhaps you should learn to accept that there will always be multiple perspectives on an issue and try to control your condescension.
Well put!
Great sense of humor! I am a senior - 81 years 'young.' Each era has it's own identity and purpose. What we as the older generation 'were and are Patriots and "Sovereigns' but the majority of that era were not aware of 'what defines 'Sovereigns' and in fact, are not now. Read: What is the definition of Sovereigns and Who Are We! Personally, I am sick of all 'these names for groups and the world of cliches which we live in' but this is the world we live in: fast and furious, the " is dying quickly" Text and more Text and our Brains Becoming Computer!' Why? People are Too Busy - Impatient and Self-Centered and before any of you who are ready to attack these statements, take a 'Pause' and 'Look Around' "SELF GRATIFICATION FOR THE MOMENT!" Feelings and Emotions are of the 'PAST.' THIS IS NOT ALIGNED WITH OUR HEART AND SOUL. THE TRUE AND GENUINE CARING AND INTEREST FOR ONE ANOTHER IS ALMOST DEAD AND GONE - NOTICE THE WORD "ALMOST." 

We as seniors and Sovereigns have a responsibility to engage with younger people and all people about 'Patriotism for Our Great Nation and Liberty and Defend Our Great Constitution!'Go to the Website: Patriot Coalition - Read and Learn - It is so worth the read and time! Also go to: Scanned Retina - We Must All Be Open for America and Sovereign America - I task all of you to task and do this task!! Rhoda Gelman
God bless you if that is your true age. I however do not feel that to be true. Rather than finding a website to quantify statements may I suggest talking with a true member of that generation. No texting or emailing, but face to face no agenda talking.
Thank you, Rhoda, for your commentary on our generation! I would add the comment that our generation knew that if you couldn’t say something to someone’s face, you didn’t say it at all! I wish today’s generations could practice that. LD40
I think the line between Millennial and past generations is the explosion in consumer electronics in the 1970s. Kids in the 70s weren't born with a computer or game system in their bedroom. By 1980, nearly every kid had early access to computing devices. I'm 34, born in 1980, and in my IT career, fixing computers sometimes feels like playing video games (or fixing/modifying video game consoles) back in the day. Most people I know born in the 70s are lost when it comes to computers, but when I talk to people born after the 80s I feel like my job is threatened, because they all know simple computer solutions if not advanced concepts. I think Millenials are the generation that was ready to incorporate consumer electronics and computing devices into their lives, decisions, and personality.
Hello, and you are correct. My daughter was born in 1982 and she can remembers my husband and I building our computer from the inside because Windows was in it's infancy and you had to buy the program from the store. To say that millennials are those born anytime before 1982 is absolutely incorrect. We had to take our middle school daughter to the library to use books still to do reports which required research because the internet did not have this information at the time;1990s. Everyone did not have a computer because they were just to expensive and complicated to most back in the 80s. My daughter is a generation X kid born 1982 graduated in 2000. I was 20 when I had her. I am not a baby boomer as most sociologist maintain. I was born in 1962 and consider myself, like Obama, generation Joneses. My husband who is 65, 10 years older than myself, is a baby boomer and remembers stuff that I was never exposed too, and things that never appealed to me like television shows, toys, clothing styles and most of all music. I grew up listening to house music, early hiphop, and R&B. I also majored in Social Science/Sociology and Criminal Justice and have always been very much interested in generations, social issues and cultures and I just believe that sociologist have really screwed up the generation labels. to say that millennials are more accepting of race, culture, homosexuality etc... is false. Growing up in the 80s, we all got along and we too were very accepting of the latter. Generation X is as close to my generation who came of age in the late 70s early 80s as far as I can tell. The millennials are a whole other breed which I frankly pity.
I'm extremely interested in this topic - Millennials. May be because I belong to this generation. Found a fresh article on how Millennials make money and invest on the web, just wanted to share:
Is there anyway I can interview anyone that has written an article or knows alot about this topic?
Are millennials health conscious? Do they eat their veggies?
The millennial generation is not hard to distinguish and there are clear clues as to when it starts, where the core of it lays and where it gets fuzzy again at the end of it. I am 35 years old today July 21 2015. I was born July 18 1980 and I have a brother born August 16 1982. I remember in junior high school generation x was at its height and rock music created by generation x members born in the 60s and early 70s had taken flight. High school was described as Halloween and a daily funeral as the grunge and goth scene was popular. When people born in 77, 78, 79 and 80 entered high school we followed in the older kids footsteps although you can't really say that since we really followed the music that the radio was playing and attended the concerts that showed these bands live. Computers were around, as they always were around from the early 70s but most of from where I'm from (metro detroit) Did not have a computer at home and did not have internet access unless you went to the city library. The schools didn't have internet access as it was charged by the minute and it was not practical and there was no real information on it at that time. Some kids in my class described the internet as a waste of time as one hyperlink led you to another and another and eventually after 15 minutes of searching you've found no information to what you searched for. I would not describe myself as being a computer or cyber native and most kids my age were simply not interested in anything computer. As someone born in 1980 I would describe computers in high school as an electronic typewriter. And I'm sure most "millennials" born in 81 82 83 84 and 85 would say the same thing about it. Anyway it is preposterous to define a generation by what kind of technology they used because technology changes on a daily basis. The millennials took a stand when they graduated in 2000 and they called themselves the kids of the new millennium. Those of us born in 77-81 graduated in the 90s before the new millennium. Generation x is defined as 1961-1981 for many reasons. I find it mildly funny rediculous and erroneous even to say that the millennial generation runs from 77-2000. I will never agree with these dates and these dates to describe a generation spanning 23 years and generation x spanning 11 years is not only stupid but ignorant. The core of generation x does go from 65-76 and the core of the Millennials goes from 85-96 cause that's when most of the kids were around the same age. And why is that? Because that's when their parents had them. The first wave of gen x had mostly parent from the silent generation the last wave had mostly boomer parents. The first wave of the millennials had boomer parents but when gen x born in the 60s started having kids the population rose in 1983 and this is how you make that distinction between generations because when everything is said and done generations are the offspring of our parents. I at 35 have a child born in 2000. The last wave of the millennials will be the offspring of gen x and the first wave of the next generation will mostly be the offspring of the millennials. The cusp years which would be 77-85 can relate to the era and the friends that most influenced them at that time but to lock it in generation x 1961-1981 millennials 1982-2002. This message is to the core generations: generations aren't clubs, they are a life experience and this message is to the "cuspers" : you can identify with either generation and choose either side since you were born and raised during a time of transition. Nothing anyone can say here will change mind about what I have just stated here. Thank you.
I agree with most of what you've said with a couple exceptions and facts. I had my daughter in 82 when I was 20; we basically grew up together. She graduated in 00 and they were called gen-xers. I was born in 62 and donot consider myself a baby boomer. I donot identify with boomers in any way shape or form. Like President Obama said, I am generation joneses and most gen-xers are born of parents in my generation; population boom in 1982-83. I was there and should know. To base a generation by technical availability is stupid and ridiculous; makes no sence. Computers were very unaffordable, and if you could afford a Brick mobile phone you were a drug hustler or rich as hell; otherwise you had a pager(beeper) and looking for a payphone. My 36 year old daughter does not even have a facebook or twitter account; she doesn't like people prying into her business, and I have to literally txt her 20 times to get her to respond; she's not techy. Finally, there are a lot of folks who waited until after they went to college and got into their careers before having children; say mid to late 40s, and they now have millennials. I don't have one and I'm not a damn boring ass baby-boomer. We don't even like the same movies or music and I know because I married a baby boomer. I love house music very loud to hear the bass; BOOM! HOUSE MUSIC ALL NIGHT LONG! Not Jimmy Hendricks or Bill Withers.  
I say drag the 2002 back to like 1997, and then I would agree with you. I think the millennial generation ends with anyone who had a functioning memory at the time of 9/11.
Born November 1977 here, graduated high school in 1996.
I'm a true Gen X. Many will like to say Gen Y starts in the late 1970s (1977-1979) just to minimize the terminology of Gen X. Sorry, but we are Xers, fair and square.
Those of us born in 1977 and 1978 were in our teens in 1991 when the grunge movement started with Nirvana's release of "Nevermind", plus 1991 is when the USSR dissolved, making us the last to have been teens during the Cold War.
Also, we were able to consume alcohol before 2000, and many of us got our bachelors degree in college before 9/11.
Gen X runs from 1965-1981, that's a fact that should not be debated.
Gen Y starts in 1982 because they didn't turn 18 until 2000, and they were all below the age of 10 when the USSR collapsed in 1991.
The end of Gen Y is rather fuzzy though, those born in 1995-2000 are not too easily justifiable. They were born the year or after Windows 95 hit stores shelves and revolutionized the world, many of them either don't remember 9/11 at all or do remember it but wouldn't have understood it too well, yet they don't fully belong in Z either because they still were born in the 2nd millennium and spent most, if not, all, of their single digit aged childhood before smartphones and tablets became mainstream. I'd say 2000 is the cut, but barely. Hell, those born ion 1999-2000 will still be under 18 next year, which will be a huge year in politics with the presidential election and with California's (plus 4 other states) bill on legalizing marijuana that year.

Overall, generation classifications should be like this;
Silents would be those born 1928-1945
Baby Boomers would be those born 1946-1964.
Gen X would be those born 1965-1981
Gen Y would be those born 1982-2000
Gen Z would be those born 2001 and up.
As much as I like to say Im not gen Y at this point Gen Y started in 1975. Yes the millennials started in 82 but Y started in 85. The 1st half of the Generation is the ecco boomers not Millennials. Which is actually a false term. No Y is born in 2000 BTW. Y ends in 1995.
This generation years seem to be all mixed up towards the switch between on generation to the next. It is most likely the second half of the 90's and from what you wrote the second half of the 70's. For me if you are born in those time periods you going to be mixed up between both. Everybody is raised differently and the years are never going to be 100%. I'm pretty sure its going to be the same situation with people born today. In the long run I will say who cares because when people born in those time periods are middle aged or old i'm not going to see any difference between them and people a few years older or a few years younger.
You are out of your mind! How can a generation go from 1965 to 1981? That's 16 years, really? And from 1982 until 2000 is 18 years. Stop smoking K2 it's really screwing up your time zones. It doesn't matter when someone turned 18 as the age of adolescence goes to age 21. Those that graduated from high school in 00 were termed gen x. You need to do a lot more research dude. And stop using the dissolvement of the USSR as a point of defining who is what generation; It's stupid.
You got boomer correct (18 years), but the rest are also defined by U.S. Census as being 18 years (1 generation) and Millennial's (per the U.S. Census 2015) is defied as 1982-1999 (18 years)

Lost Gen = Born 1882-1901
Veterans of World War I, grew up during the late 19th/early 20th century. Were the youngest people alive when Queen Victoria passed away.

Greatest Gen = Born 1902-1921
Grew up during World War I or the Roaring Twenties. Would've been the older veterans during World War II.

Silent Gen = Born 1922-1941
Grew up during the Great Depression. The older ones of this group would've been the younger veterans of World War II. Were the youngest people alive when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

Baby Boomers = Born 1942-1961
Were not alive when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and were born during or after the turning point of World War II. Leaders of the hippie movement, far more liberal than their parents and grandparents, and still the generation in power today.

Gen X = Born 1962-1981
Also known as the Breakfast Club generation. This generation is basically just sandwiched between the Boomers and the Millennials, but do have a strong cultural identity thanks to pop culture from the 1980s and 1990s. Are a dominant generation in the workforce today, alongside the Baby Boomers. Last gen to grow up during the Cold War.

Millennials = Born 1982-2001
Also known as the Net Generation. This generation shares many characteristics related to the internet, since they had it in their adolescence and young adulthood, the younger of this gen even had it during childhood. Are technical natives, a lot less religious and more liberal than other generations. Were the youngest people alive when 9/11 occurred.

Homeland = Born 2002-2021
Born after 9/11, grew up after the tech boom, and are natives to technology the older generations would've thought as futuristic.
Agree with everything you said except your dates for Millennials as it goes until 1982, my 36 year old daughter did not grow up with computers, they were only in the library and not the schools. Nor was the internet up and running for research as most of you are suggesting; it was rather boring and gave you little to nothing in the way of information.  I'm glad you mentioned the earlier generations because they are overlooked as is Generation Joneses which our previous president spoke about as the generation he and I come from; age 56 born in 1962 and not a boomer as most attempt to group us. My daughter grew up with the game systems that you hooked to the TV which they played all the time; every Christmas a new one was coming out in the 80s along with Barbie houses. 
Where is the simple math in these generalizations? I was born in 1981. I did not "grow up with" social media, mobile technology, etc. I got my first flip phone as I went off to college in 2000. I didn't have a social media profile until I was a college graduate and a full-time member of the professional workforce. I got my first smartphone a few years ago. Heck, I learned about texting in Italy in 2003, when we didn't even have the practice in the U.S. yet. It is lazy and ridiculous to keep touting these "millennial" clickbait pieces saying how those of us who grew up without google, facebook or smartphones are babies of the technology generation.
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Just wanted to clear up couple things about the "past", I was born in 1989 and i clearly remember around 2000, we were connected to internet via dial-up connection (phone line), which is pretty much non-existent today. I also remember Napster (you guys remember that?), "social-networking" mechanisms known as IM (Instant Messaging), with AOL being my go-to choice. (Yes, AOL used to provide internet service with IM programs bundled...)
Millennials are shaping up to be the wussy generation. I graduated college in 1994. I took a job for 26k and had 30k in student loan debt. I lived in my buddies unfinished basement for 2 years while I scrimped/saved to pay down my loan debt, save a nest egg and buy my first condo - at an 8.5% interest rate on a 30 year.

I continued to scrimp/save in order to completely pay off my debt, then purchased a bigger home. I moved up the ladder in my profession, I saved my money and today my family and I are just fine and continue to improve financially. We have our home, a vacation home, a couple of fuel efficient cars (all insured for $25/month with Insurance Panda), and what’s best - they are all paid in full. Ahhh the beauty of hard work and patience!

Millenials want free education, 6 figures straight out of school with a "work/life balance" and 0 risk investments.

Bust your butt, take some calculated risks and climb the ladder like generations before you. Despite what many will lead you to believe, the world owes you nothing. You owe yourself.

Very well said!! Right to the point there is no free ride and technology is not everything in this world (it's a useful tool) but remember that I.Q is not the best indicator of your life success as you need some E.Q. to be able to live a balanced life taking proper decisions, then assume your life in a responsible manner.  Be more alert leading your own way facing the true reality of today towards your own success and it will not come easily! But remember that you need people and good human relations in all this! :)

What the hell are you talking about? I'm a millenial, born in 1991. I had absolutely no way of paying for anything as my parents lost their house at the same time I finished highschool and had no where to live. I moved across the country at my own free will and at 26 I make $4000 a week by working my ass off. These prior generations had an economy that favoured them and the time they were born. I know my situation is lucky and unlike you assholes I will admit it. The economy has changed dramatically. It will never be the same. Educate yourself and for the sake of yourself and everyone else... Stop generalizing. It's not like it's new information that it doesn't tend to work out.
Only 30k in student loan debt? Must be nice lol. I was born in ‘86 and I have many of the same experiences as you except I can’t afford to own any house or condo just yet. I make 58k with a masters degree but I’m not complaining. I know very well that I will never see 6 figures. I don’t think your story is all that unique to your generation.
About the only thing we are different on that anon posted is that we do like to have a work/life balance. Everyone should. If you’re against that, then congrats on being brainwashed.
Born in 78, 79, 80, 81 with my siblings. We started using the computer in our elementary school. First cell phone in high school. Thanks.
This is so wrong. I was born in 1982 and my daughter was born in 2001. We aren't the same. The age gap to me is ridiculous. I don't feel I share any childhood/tech experiences she experiences now. It should be more like "Millennials: 1986-2005
I agree with you
Y is 1975-1995, each gen is 20 years. Most of these post are wrong and making up dates to change the fact that no gen Y was born on the millennial. People started using that term by mistake and it held.
Most generations have an age span of at least 20 years. You had your daughter at 19 which aligns to what the Millennial age is. People born at the beginning of a generation and ones born at the end will always have differences and similarities. Millennials are defined as "ones who came of age during the turn of the Millennium" hence, the name. So yes you are a Millennial. I have no idea why you would think someone born in '86 would be in line with someone birn in '01, but you're wrong. 
I do agree you’re in gen x, but i would say anyone born after 98 is gen z. I was born in ‘86 and have more in common with my sister who was born in ‘95 than my brothers born in 77 and 79, so I’m definitely a millennial, but I don’t feel I have much in common with my nephew - born in 2001.
Most of the people commenting on here, are getting so defensive over something that doesn't apply to everyone. People need to understand the fact, that this does fit very well to what is going on in the world today, and in the past 10-20 years.
Reply: It is always so very interesting & enlightening to me that the very people that 'tell' other people that they are 'defensive,' are 'Totally defensive Themselves!!' Read my article below - hopefully it will 'help you to become enlightened.' It appears that 'these people, millennials or not is your tribe.  

We in the United States of America are living with a Generation Who as they put it, are 'Secular.' What is the truth of Secular?' Look it up Yourself. A Definite Attitude of: Disconnect, Selfish, Arrogant, and in 'Their Way,' Forcing Their Ego Attitude Down the Throats of Our Nation! The Very Thing that 'They Hate' about our Government. Many of these young people grew up at a time when their parents left them alone too often and or did not take the time to 'listen and support their ideas and ideals.' I have always commented on: "Communications is The "Key" For Developing Positive Relationships and Learning.' 

Our Government of the United States of America have Forced Their Evil Lies Down Our Throats - "Elitists" Who have been All Dictators and We as Patriot Americans Did Not Pay Attention - We Listened to the Hype and Did Not Stand Up For Our Nation and Constitution. 

America has to be cleansed. We Must Re-Evaluate Our System: Congress, Senate, Courts and Judges. We as We The People Can Make These Changes and Take Action!

We Will Not Allow Any Generations to Throw Away Our Great Nation and Constitution - Never! These Evil Creatures such as: George Soros, Obama and Evil Muslim/Islam are NOT AMERICANS AND WE WILL NEVER STAND FOR 'TOLERANCE: THE VERY DEATH OF A PEOPLE, SOCIETY AND NATION!

Read Your Constitution and Learn. Take Action to Bring Americans Together to Discuss, Debate and Make Choices and Decisions - all in The Name of God and Country: Prayer in Our Homes, Schools and Education, With Our Beautiful Flag Flying with Pride. 

If this is not what you believe or desire, remove yourself and your tribe from The United States of America and find your own burning dessert - Never Return!! Rhoda Gelman
This is total manipulation. Anyone born in the 20th century can not ever be a millennial. Millennials are persons born with the millennium change which occurred in 2000. This is marketing & political manipulation to extend the political, cultural & marketing voice of an older generation while ignoring & suffocating the tastes, voice and values of a younger generation.
People born in the 20th century ARE NOT millennials. Millennial refers to anyone born within the millennium. Sorry but if you have 19 before your birth date you're 20th century. Marketing doesn't override the law of time and mathematics.
Agreed and makes perfect sense.
The title Millennial generally means you were a young person at the year 2000. It has nothing to do with traditional generations. It reset the clock on that. No one born after the Millennium is a Millennial since you were not even alive during the Millennium, which the title is based on.

Time magazine placed Millennials at being born between 1980-2000. That is likely the most logical date range as people born on 1980 was at the start of a new generation, the birth of video games, the internet, computers, etc. 1980 on onward is generally the start of a new technological era that built up to the year 2000, the Millennium.
I don't necessarily agree with the time lines set herein. I was under the impression that the Millenial dates were approximately 1978-1992.

I personally believe that generations, ad a way to define an 'era' should range from 15-20 years. The way I see it, is you should not be considered to be the same "generation" as your child if you are to have one. That's just ridiculous. If you are 30 years old would you not think, for the purpose of the term, that your 1 year old child NOT be considered the same generation? That's just silly to call yourself AND your child a "Millenail", therefore I think they should range between 15 to 20 years maximum to avoid these discrepancies. Thanks
One of the main perspectives coming from this video is 'Inspirational and Motivational.'  I am a senior, just turned 80 years young and although I am not a Millennial  I can 'Feel' the emotional energies in regards to The Millennial Outlook on Life. Music and Dance has ALWAYS been inspirational and has played a Major Role in it's Effect on Developing 'Ones Creative Individuality, Independence & Empowerment. Go back and Re-live the 50's - even earlier! When I share the statement: "You are the Leaders of Tomorrow.' It make a Definitive Statement: It does not mean to 'Wait Until You are Older and or Become an Older Adult.' It Definitively Means that 'Be in The Zone Right Now - Share Your Feelings and Beliefs and Inspire Your Parents and Other to Listen to You and To Your Beliefs.' But, it does NOT adhere to 'Selfish Attitudes and or Being Smug or Arrogant!'

Music is in the Soul! It is Positive, Emotional, "Passionate,' and Enlightening. See The Movie:  'High Strung.'  One of The Most Beautiful, Incredible & Fantastic Movies of All Time! Pass it on!

Tolerance: Dangerous and Uninspiring. Most people and I repreat: "Most Millennials Move into a 'Tolerant Attitude.' "Whatever, Secular, Not Interested. and Selfish. Tolerance leads to and results in: A Dying People, Nation and Society. I am open to debating this subject and 'Your Beliefs." Here is a Proponent for Millennialls to Look Deep into Their Heart and Soul for 'Who They Are' Ideals, Purpose and Results for Our Great United States of American and God and Country.  If Millennials Stand For 'Nothing,' and 'Only' What Pleases Them - Please and Self-Gratification - They Will Be The Generation Who 'Will Manipulate Their Will on Others For 'Nothing & Secular.' Although 'All of You' Try to Convince Yourself and Others of The Millennial and Secular Generation of the United States of America, Other Groups Who Wait in the 'Corners of Evil Degeneration,' Will Move Right In to 'Destroy God Loving People and Americans Who Truly are Devoted to Our God and Country and America.  Millennials Will Have Us Believe that 'THEY ARE FOR THE WORLD,' BUT, THE REAL TRUTH IS THAT THEY ARE NOT INFORMED AND NOR DO THEY TRULY CARE. 

Our Generation is by no means, 'Perfect,' but In Our Very Heart and Soul, We Believe in Our Great Nation and in God and Country. 

Here is a Genuine Thought and Idea for 'Millennials' - Similar to Music and Dance For Everyone, Create and Develop a 'Special Round Table of Thought & Ideas' across Our United States of America. We Do have Differences and Seek Changes, but "What Changes Are "WE" As Americans Seeking?'  You want to create something that is Totally Unique and Different: Put Music To The Round Table!! A Special Note and Request to "All Millennials:" Read Our Constitution Thoroughly and Bring Our Unprecedented Constitution and Your Ideas to This Round Table. 

Show That "You" Believe  in Our Great Nation - America First - We Will Not Allow Evil To Enter and or Live in Our Country For "FREE.' AMERIC IS NOT FREE FOR THE TAKING AND WE WILL NOT ALLOW EVIL IDEOLOGIES INTO OUR NATION AND OR TAKE JOBS FROM OUR

Comment and Share!! Rhoda Gelman
Wow, you need a reality check as the rest of the world is watching your Trump Circus and AMERICA is sinking by day, your glory days are over and you are implosing yourselves with that Riciculous EVIL President that will put you last as it's so pretentious to think that you are the 1ST, maybe you are becoming the most confused society of the free world (with your politics going nowhere) and you have no lessons to teach us after what your last election... I don't know anyone who is looking at U as a great nation, it's pretty much the opposite, sadly! Why don't you resolve your own problems in your own backyard instead of imposing yourself in so many places in the world with your military destuctive gadgets; history is proving your failures in so many instances from Vietnam War to today, the mess is getting bigger and EVIL TRUMP will make it worst, really awful! :(
Explorado, USA is not EVIL country as you say. This is one one of the best countries in the world. The rest of the world love our films, love our music, love so many things.   . . . . They imitate us in almost everything. They imitate our music, our fashion, artists, etc. etc. . . . Americans don't imitate others. They don't need to. Because they are the best !

Not to mention millions of people leaving their own countries, because they want to live in USA. They immigrate to USA. Even the muslims.  They leave Saudi Arabia, they leave other muslim countries, and go to USA. And it is almost impossible to stop the Latino people from coming to my country. They prefer living in my great country than in their own.

I am happy that Mr Trump won.
Great man for the greatest country in the world.
Proud American.

I was born in the Summer of 1980, my family always had a something akin to a pc, at least one that was equivalent of a pc was the Sanyo IBM M550 SoC...  For you youngins, google it on the net, you will see what it looks like.  In 1993, we learned about internet slowing going in a State and if it would take off successfully (which it did), my small podunk town in Cenla, Louisiana would be one of the few that would receive it at the phone company (which is in Elizabeth, LA, and the podunk town was in Pitkin, and at that time it was DIAL-UP, ARGGGH! you chilren think you have seen horror when your wifi router is out?  You don't know true horror until you used slow-ass snail's pace dial-up!)...  At that moment we had a small class subject on networking, and what was known as the ARPANET.  I am not sure if it is still up, but if it is, it is the oldest prototype of what the internet came to be.  Last I heard, it was a far as parts of Northern Western Europe , and as far east as Japan.   Good times!  But as for racism, it's going to be a ethnic if not cultural perception, usual leading to more or less to under education and not really using facts then just it being race.  That it is a ethnics/cultural process, it goes hand to hand within the family dynamic environment.
This is baffling to me. I was born in 1980 and went through the entire 80's without a computer (they weren't readily available at an affordable price). It wasn't until 94/95 that I started to go online through slow dial up and the very first interaction I had with online social media was AOL chat rooms. There needs to be another generation between X and Millenials because it doesn't apply to the majority of the population in the 80's.
It is generation Y or WHY. We are being tagged as Millennial's even thou not one of us were born in the millennial. It just makes better press. No we are not millennials thou no matter what Wiki says.
Millennials are Generation Y, but I think the term Millennials only applies to the second half of the generation (those born from the late 80s to the mid 90s)
Generation Y would not be millennial's. We span from mid 70s to mid 90s. Not ONE Gen Why member would have been born on the millennial which is the point of the name. No matter how much you want to stretch us out it is impossible. Gen Z are millennial. It is a great press line but it is wrong to refer to us as Millennial's because we aren't.
Millennials are those that would REMEMBER the millennium, not those that were born in it. Those would were born in the new millennium are know as Generation Z
Too me this generation stuff is just so silly. I don't care if you think a generation starts or ends in 1975, 2000, 1995, 1981. A generation is all the people living at about the same time. If you are born in 1979 or 1981 and you want to call yourself generation X I'm not going to stop you. If you are born in the mid/late 90's and you want to call yourself Y, Z or even both go right ahead. I really don't think there is a difference between you and somebody a bit younger or older who can be considered a different generation in the eyes of some people. Who made this dumb stuff because now a bunch of people today want to use these things as a label for themselves (I'm this and your that). Every time some researcher pinpoints years and talk about how everything is different between those people it's just so annoying. I wish we can all move on with are lives and stop trying to figure out who's this and who's that. I wish I can find some article that talks about how this generation stuff is just useless. Please don't go around trying to prove to somebody they're not the generation they say they are.
Very true

People like to create labels cause it makes them feel special about themselves.
I don't understand "cutoff dates." I was born spring of '95. Yet I am child of boomer,s I grew up around early 90s millennials, I remember 9/11 and Y2K, I didn't have internet until I was 14, and I am marrying a millennial who is only a year older than me. But sure, loop me in with the iGen when I already have my own health insurance and a bachelors degree?
I think too many times we get caught up in the noise when it come to this generational labeling crap. And trying to narrow a generation down to a specific year is absolutely ridiculous. Someone born in 1980 is closer to someone born in 1977 as opposed to someone born in 1994, and everybody knows this. People can identify with whoever they want, but people will be identified with the way they grew up and were influenced in pre-pubescent and/or adolescent years.

Second, what I mean by "noise" is that everybody takes whatever Huffington Post or Wikipedia says the generational years are as gospel. That's our second mistake. And for the record, Wikipedia is mostly dominated by opinionated kids living in their mother's basement. Even professors are warning that Wikipedia is not a credible source for research. Wikipedia is not all in error, but should be taken with a grain of salt when trying to conduct analysis on a specific topic. 

In all truth, and if you do your homework from actual credible research and academic research, Gen Y or Millennials can begin as early as 1976 and begin as late as 1986 (yes 1986, not a typo) - this is a fact whether you like it or not. The problem is most people are not aware of this fact since they do not do the necessary research, and only rely on opinionated Youtube videos or pop-culture articles to dictate their beliefs. And just doing research through Google Search is not enough - its a start but not enough. Talk to people who have credibility in this arena and actually study social science or conduct real generational theory and research. Not every source is going to agree on dates, but at least authentic research had been conducted on the subject instead of manipulation and opinionated nonsense benefiting mass marketers.

Agree with this post here.

Millenials Gen X, Gex Y most of it are opinions anyway. Someone born in 1980 are affiliated with the way of life with those born in 1975 and later. They pretty much experienced the same things in life with tech and all that.

Millennial I'd associate them with those born within the range of 2000. Most of all tech has pretty much released by then and kids experienced it together.

Technological boom happened around 1995 so I'd say 1995 is probably the earliest I'd go with a millennial. But as one has said true Millennials are born in the 21st century. They are the one's who grew up with the tech outspurs.

Truthfully if you are young enough to remember VHS and cassettes and DVD's and CD's weren't even out yet you are generation X.
as i my opinion millennials, the term is usually use considered to individuals who reached adulthood around the turns of the 21st century.
There really is no specific year to hold on a generation and never was. Most millennials are those too young to remember older tech. 

Other sources that give specific dates on different generations are people who just randomly thought up of years and have a little too much time on their hands. Most of them are just older people looking down on younger people cause of stuff they grow up with they didn't have. 

Take no insult on people who say YOU are this specific generation cause of this specific year. None of it's true. 

Trying to label people as Baby Boomers, Generation X or Millennials is the worst form of stereotyping and should be banned.  It is like using the zodiac and astrology to label people's traits based on their birth date.  Totally fake and wrong.
All these generational classifications are at best very subjective to the demographer's opinion and are too centered for upper and middle class Westerners. The starting year for the Millennial generation is pegged between 1977-1982 with most definitions settling at 1981-1982 while the ending years is pegged from 1996-2004 with most settling between 1996-2000. Same with Generation X although the ending cut-off year is more controversial than the starting cut-off year. I was born in early 1980 and same with most of my age cohorts (the late 70 babies), I find it ridiculous (in some definitions) that people my age are grouped in with the 80s and 90s babies who I absolutely don't relate to. Let's face it, most of us 1980 babies have far more in common with the 70s babies than with the early 80s babies, let alone the 90s babies. We came of age in 1998, turned 20 in 2000 & not in 2001 (the new millennium & 21st century). According to Tammy Erickson, adjunct professor at the London Business school and author of "What's Next, Gen X?" from that stupid article, In general, people born in 1980 and after don’t remember when they started using a computer,” she says. “That’s one of the characteristics of a millennial: they are unconsciously conscious users of computers. More or less, when you get older than that, people tend to be able to remember the first time they logged on.” LMAO! I doubt she even have met a lot of 1980 babies for her to stereotype us in that stupid manner. Probably the only 1980 babies she know are the likes of uber rich Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie or Paris Hilton who grew up with their Boomer parent's brick cellphones and computers at a very young age. Except for the few lucky rich ones, most of us 1980 babies didn't have internet until 20, first time used personal computers in high school. I had my first clunky cellphone at 20 and the very first time I used a computer was in high school but even at my early 20s, my computer proficiency were far below average. As far as I know, the oldest Millennials had email addresses in high school. 
Great content and informative for Millenials and Zoomers!

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