Tech journalist Ryan McCready countered the common criticisms of Millennials in the US in an article titled, “Millenials Don’t Suck, You’re Just Old and Hate Change.” [i] He pointed out they’ve innovated new ways to “live, love, and work,” including himself. He characterizes his generation as “entrepreneurial, resilient, accepting and charitable,” able to change quickly to match the rapidly changing world around them. They have to deal with the recession and unemployment rate double that of people over 30 so that 20% live in poverty. Pushed to be entrepreneurial by the economy, two-thirds want to start their own business rather than rise up the ranks of an established business. They create companies at twice the rate of Gen Xers and Boomers did when they were young adults.
They’re not lazy, according to McCready. Technology keeps them always checking on work emails, but they like flexible work hours so they can balance work and life. They’re more likely to have a college degree than older generations, almost half of the graduates studied in the STEM fields, burdened by large student debts. All these influences delay traditional adult actions such as moving out from their parents’ home, getting married, having children, and buying homes. They also stay home longer because many consider them best friends and talk daily. Although McCready thinks relationships are their priority, it doesn’t require marriage partly because many of their parents divorced. They care more about being good parents. His statements are corroborated in many studies I’ve read.
Ryan McCready, “Millenials Don’t Suck, You’re Just Old and Hate Change,” Venngage, May 17, 2016.
[i] Ryan McCready, “Millennials Don’t Suck, You’re Just Old and Hate Change,” Venngage, May 17, 2016.