LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Do you prefer reading the newspaper or playing video games in your spare time? Are you more likely to send a text message if you want to talk to someone, or do you prefer to call?
Your answers to those questions can help determine how “Millennial” you are, even if aren’t between the ages of 18 and 33, thanks to a Pew Research Center quiz.
According to Pew’s yearlong project on Millennials (who were born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s), they tend to be confident and upbeat, despite the fact that their careers have been set back by the Great Recession. They are more ethnically and racially diverse than previous generations. They are less religious, more liberal and more educated.
In 2009, about 39 percent of the Millennial generation identified as non-white. That’s compared with 1978, when just 23 percent of Baby Boomers were not white.
Also in 2009, only about 21 percent of Millennials ages 18 to 28 were married. By 1978, twice as many Baby Boomers in that same age range were wed.
Of course, those stats represent characteristics of the Baby Boomer generation that can’t be changed over time. But Baby Boomers and Gen Xers can certainly adopt behaviors that are more common among their Millennial children and grandchildren, and many have.
Pew’s research reveals that 75 percent of Millennials have social media profiles, as do 30 percent of Baby Boomers. Eighty three percent of Millennials sleep with their cell phones on, or right next to, their beds. So do 50 percent of Baby Boomers.
Those are just a few examples.
So, are you curious yet? Find out how much of a Millennial you are by taking the quiz.