Posted by: Tom Ross | April 7, 2014

Millennials: Where Are They Now?

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A new Pew Research Center survey finds that 55% of Millennials have posted a “selfie” on social media. 81% know what one is. (The ‘selfie’ has been around since 1839…but that’s another story.)

EllenSelfieBestThe making of this year’s best-known selfie to date

selfieGraphic(And you thought I was making this up.)

This is just one of the findings of the new study by Pew titled Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends.

Today’s Millennials (born after 1980, ages 18-33) are more often than not single (only 26% are married), politically independent (50% feel no political party affiliation), progressive, tolerant, and diverse (43% are non-white). Despite the fact that they are burdened with financial hardships–student loan debt averaging $27,000 for a bachelor’s degree; an unemployment rate of 13% for ages 18 to 24–they remain optimistic about their economic future.

Economic Optimism

And hopeful about America’s future as well, 49% of Millennials say this country’s best years are still ahead; for Gen Xers it was 42%, Boomers, 44%. Listen to Pew Research Center’s Paul Taylor, executive vice president and one of the authors of the report, expand on this and more on the PBS Newshour.

Another survey from Pew, The Rising Cost of Not Going to College, finds that among employed Millennials, college graduates are significantly more likely than those without any college experience to say that their education has been “very useful” in preparing them for work and a career (46% vs. 31%). And these better-educated young adults are more likely to say they have the necessary education and training to advance in their careers (63% vs. 41%).

A report from the U.S. Public Interest Group (PIRG), A New Direction, finds that Millennials are driving less. This is due both to their desire to live in urban, walkable neighborhoods and the way they connect with the world through technology. Car manufacturers are responding by designing new cars that connect. But Millennials are smart–they also shop for value, style, and fuel economy.

Thanks to our colleagues at California Career Café for the lead on these reports. Check out their Career Briefs page for the latest information, books, and reports on how to inspire student success in the classroom and in the workplace.


  1. Thanks Tom for the mention of the CaCareerCafe and CaCareerBriefs. You do a great job on this blog.

  2. More on Millennials as consumers:

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