But their look-at-me tendencies are not without limits.Most Millennials have placed privacy boundaries on their social media profiles.
But at the moment, fully 37% of 18- to 29-year-olds are unemployed or out of the workforce, the highest share among this age group in more than three decades.
Research shows that young people who graduate from college in a bad economy typically suffer long-term consequences — with effects on their careers and earnings that linger as long as 15 years.) Whether as a by-product of protective parents, the age of terrorism or a media culture that focuses on dangers, they cast a wary eye on human nature.
Two-thirds say “you can’t be too careful” when dealing with people.
Yet they are less skeptical than their elders of government.
More so than other generations, they believe government should do more to solve problems. They are the least overtly religious American generation in modern times.
One-in-four are unaffiliated with any religion, far more than the share of older adults when they were ages 18 to 29.
Yet not belonging does not necessarily mean not believing.
Millennials pray about as often as their elders did in their own youth.
Generations, like people, have personalities, and Millennials — the American teens and twenty-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood at the start of a new millennium — have begun to forge theirs: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.
They are more ethnically and racially diverse than older adults.
They’re less religious, less likely to have served in the military, and are on track to become the most educated generation in American history.