Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next. Confident. Connected. Open to Change.

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Pew Research Center

This new report reflects the Pew Research Center’s effort to capture the nature of the nation’s newest generation: the Millennials, that is, Americans in their teens and twenties.

Through information collected from phone interviews, various surveys and the U.S. Census Bureau, the report lays out values, attitudes and behaviors of Millennials in comparison with older generations. Though more ethnically and racially diverse than adults age 30 and older, the Millennials are also the most educated – more than half had some college education – but only 41 percent report having full-time jobs; another 24 percent had part-time jobs. At the same time, 68 percent say they are confident in a successful future, although times are currently rough.

Millennials give priority to being a good parent and having a successful marriage over owning a home or having a high-paying career.

While they spend more time on the Internet and cell phones, Millenials believe new technology is useful and brings people closer together, compared with older generations, who believe technology makes them more isolated. Seventy-five percent of Millennials maintain a profile on a social networking site.

A majority of Millennials – 66 percent – were strong Obama supporters during the election.

Free, 149 pages. http://pewsocialtrends.org/assets/pdf/millennials-confident-connected-open-to-change.pdf.