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Millennial generation the next big thing
« on: March 24, 2011, 10:09:24 pm »
Millennial generation the next big thing
By Peter W. Singer, Special to CNN

The full article can be found at http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/03/24/singer.young.leaders/index.html?hpt=T2, some of the more notable findings:

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(CNN) -- History will mark 2011 as the year the baby boomer generation, which has so dominated American politics and society, first became eligible for retirement. But little is known about the new guard of American leaders, the Millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2005. There are more of them than baby boomers and, at numbers three times the size, demographically dwarf Generation X.

They have already made their power felt in everything from the Facebook phenomenon to the unlikely rise of Barack Obama to the presidency. And they are only now entering the scene. But what comes next?

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...we surveyed more than 1,000 young Americans -- student leaders, kids attending young leader conferences, policy internships

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Some of the findings were to be expected -- they text and tweet like crazy, an average of about 79 times a day; they admire Apple and Google; they don't think terrorism will end in their lifetime. But many other outcomes ran directly counter to common preconceptions and media reports about today's young people:

-- They don't get their news from blogs or comedy shows. Blogs and comedy talk shows were ranked last as their primary source of news. Newspapers and the evening TV news are definitely losing out, but their first choice is a news organization website. That is followed by cable news shows.

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Some 60% cite parents as the influence on their own politics

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...celebrities and religious leaders actually had the least influence (2% and 1%) among young people when it came to political views.

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Isolationism, not globalism, is winning out. Fifty-eight percent of the young leaders think that America is "too involved" in global affairs and should instead focus more on issues at home.

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China scares them. When asked to name any countries that they think will present the biggest problems for the U.S. over the next 10 to 20 years, China was listed the second most frequently, behind only Iran and ahead of nations such as North Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and Russia.

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They don't admire what the TV channel TLC, which runs Sarah Palin's reality show, wants you to think. When asked to name a figure who personifies the type of leadership needed for the 21st century, only 9 out the 1,057 young leaders, of whom about a third were young Republicans, identified Palin.

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Obama, (chosen by 8.7% of young Republicans), John McCain, Colin Powell, Hilary Clinton, Nelson Mandela and Ron Paul (the isolationist appeal again) were leaders far more frequently cited.

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These attitudes are certainly not set in stone, as generations and circumstances certainly evolve. But they shed light on the beliefs and values of an emerging generation of leaders, at one of the most important times in American and global history. Like their attitudes or not, young people who think this way now will likely dominate our politics for some time to come.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Peter W. Singer.
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Re: Millennial generation the next big thing
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2011, 10:11:59 pm »
Interesting findings, though not terribly surprising to me.  Of course we have to keep in mind this a pretty small sample, but its an interesting incite.

Personally, much of the findings are in-line with my thinking, how bout you?  These findings are very contrasted against the thoughts of the Baby Boomer Generation and Gen X, I wonder what sort of impact this will have on how the country operates?
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Re: Millennial generation the next big thing
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2011, 08:14:02 am »
I refuse to be labeled a "millennial."  Categorizing people in 25-year chunks makes no sense to me--how can you claim that someone born in 1981 has anything in common with someone born in 2004?
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Re: Millennial generation the next big thing
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2011, 11:44:46 am »
I refuse to be labeled a "millennial."  Categorizing people in 25-year chunks makes no sense to me--how can you claim that someone born in 1981 has anything in common with someone born in 2004?

I agree with that. Some say its better defined as 1983-2001 -- but that is still very broad, others say this generation is made up of the kids of the baby boomers.  Its difficult to define a generation, but I thought this article was interesting nevertheless.
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