February 24, 2015
Getting to Know the Millennials
The year is 1998, Madonna is blaring through every major radio station, the Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl, and the streets are clouded with oversized jackets and clumpy shoes. Known as the “millennials”, these self-demanding and overly confident young adults are the largest cohort overall. They are acknowledged to be absorbed in technology and the exceptionally connected world they live in. In addition, millennials tend to set their goals much too high then necessary and have the most lenient and liberal views towards taboo situations than any other past generations. They seem to treat each individual around them equally and promote nonviolence to the world around them. This cohort has plenty of positive attributes due to their more modern outlook on society.
Education is primarily stressed for a young millennial with the realization that higher education leads to a higher earnings throughout life. They believe that a future with a well-paying and benefited career is especially important for a financially comforting lifestyle, potentially due to the lack of security that they may have felt with their Generation X parents. Generation X parents typically have lower to middle-class paying jobs due to the lack of free education and support from their own Baby Boomer parents. This has led to increase in demands and motivation that these parents have on the millennials and a higher expectation they have for their own futures. Although confidence and hard work is overall progressive, millennials are often stressed and over bearing because they want to be the most elite. Most millennials believe that they will graduate within the top 20% of their class, but the issue is that this mathematical impossibility leads many to experience frustration. They are showing measures of stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression because they cannot deliver their expected success.
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