Bill Thomas at http://www.changingaging.org has asked his son Virgil to join our “post-it” group, with issues affecting younger adults. Here’s his inaugural post:
Look Out Boomers, Here Come the Millennials
Every one is aging. As each generation ages and reaches adulthood, they rule as if they were supreme, and for the most part they are.
Each generation will rise, rule, and as life goes, fade into the pages of history. Now we are witnessing the beginning of one of these transformations. The boomers are beginning to cede their influence to a younger generation — My generation, the Millennial Generation.
Such a transition raises many questions. Who will take the boomer’s place? How will they handle the responsibility? Who is the millennial generation?
This new generation (mid 80’s to the early 2000’s) is worth meeting.
The Atlantic has some insights into a few of this generation’s traits:
The young are more libertarian, pro-marijuana, and less religious than the American population generally. Millennials (pdf) are gay-friendly, racially tolerant, technologically savvy, welcoming of immigrants, open to government intervention, less hawkish, more accepting of non-traditional families, less inclined to marry early, and more optimistic about the state of the state of the nation.
Thus, the consensus view among American Internet users may differ substantially from the result at the ballot box. This incongruity is amplified because senior citizens, the demographic least likely to have a robust online presence, has an outsized electoral footprint. 72 percent of American 65-to-74-year-olds voted in the 2008 election while only 48.5 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds exercised that right. We are in an era when the young have the most control over the dominant cultural medium while the old have the greatest say politically.
I’ve been trying to get to know the ChangingAging blog in recent weeks and I see it centers more on aging elders. But my dad (yah, the dude in the picture with the beard), has asked me to offer some insights into the aging millennial generation. Because they are, inevitably, our future, we should take some time to get to know them.
As a member of this age group I will try to give you the insider’s scoop.
By the way, did I mention I’m riding a motorcycle cross-country this summer? I’ll try to share some stories from the road as well.