I thought I was a Millennial. Was I wrong?
The Washington Post echoes a post I wrote earlier this week noting how Gen Y-crazy the Pew Research Center has become. I wrote, “Pew certainly seems to have a special fascination with Millennials – this month alone, it has published surveys on our use of social media and mobile Internet; our religious life; and our weakening attachment to the Democratic Party.”
The Post notes that in addition to all that research, Pew has also created a “How Millennial Are You?” survey. Imagine my surprise, then, when after writing for the past several years about my membership in Gen Y (like here, here, here, here, here and here); it turns out I’m not as much of a Millennial as I thought I was – I scored a 63. If it were a test, I’d have failed.
Here, apparently, are some of the reasons that I can’t fully include myself in the generation of which I’d assumed I could claim full-fledged membership: I don’t have a tattoo. I read the newspaper. I send and receive a mere 20-30 texts a day as opposed to 50+, my parents remain married, I have a landline in addition to a cell phone (although to be fair, this is a requirement in my building), and I don’t play video games.
Saving me from being an all-out embarrassment to my peers, are the facts that I have a piercing other than in my earlobe (belly button – I was 15, OK?), I don’t consider my religious life to be extremely important, I don’t have a problem with interracial dating, and I’m a member of at least one social-networking site.
Honestly, the only question on this survey should be the last one: in which you indicate your age range. Generation Y is typically considered to include people born after 1980, and a category that expansive is bound to include people with vastly different tendencies, habits and norms.