18-33 Year Olds Are Not Who You Think They Are

By now, you’ve probably read so many articles about the all-important “Millennial” generation that you are numb to unambiguous proclamations such as the following joyful nuggets: Millennials love technology! They are ‘always on’! They value experience over material goods (which, of course, is why they invented the sharing economy, which will surely solve all the world’s problems)!

“States of the American Millennial” doesn’t say anything like that. Well, there’s some debate over the sharing economy, but otherwise, no. Instead, this presents our point of view on what’s in store for the 18 to 33-year-olds of the United States. Not shying away from the rampant income inequality that has shaped and will continue to shape this generational cohorts’ realities, the paper examines career, love, gender, relationships, child rearing, transportation, government—and yes, even social media—with a skeptical, realistic pair of eyes.

We see this as the beginning of a longer discussion: what does it mean to be 18 to 33 years old, once you throw out all the usual tropes? How can we set up young people to succeed, without being blind to the considerable financial and economic constraints of their realities?

Read the paper here, and let us know if you agree or disagree with our ideas. We’d love to hear from you.

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