US Youth are #1 Individualistic

The defining characteristic of US Millennial is their individualism, maintains Gen X columnist Ross Douthat, based on Pew Research surveys.[i] He links this, their only “ism,” with their libertarianism and sometimes indifference, as with declining interest in collective crusades to protect the environment. Along the same line, they have personal religious beliefs but don’t affiliate with a religious organization, are optimistic but mistrustful of others.


[i] Ross Douthat, “The Age of Individualism,” New York Times, March 15, 2014.

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