By Sagapixel SEO | Web Design | PPC Before we get into this topic, let me preface everything by stating that I did not take time to search for data on the topic. I am sure that there are studies out that that support these views; it would be quite incredible if the disparate groups of people placed into the “millennial” category were actually all the same. If you happen to be familiar with any studies that support some of the ideas proposed in this blog, please comment and let me know.
Who is a millennial?Can we all agree that a junior in HS and a 35-year old mother of 4 belong to different generations? The definition of the millennial seems to shift regularly. When I first heard the term, it included people born between 1979 and 1990; today, it has drifted to describe people born some time in the early 80s up until 2000. This broad definition lumps together people whose first internet experience was on Prodigy and kids that don’t know what Y2k was.
Generations are defined by events, not datesThe baby boom generation can be defined by historical events: the end of WWII, Vietnam, the 70s oil crisis. No one has considered this when discussing people born in the 80s or 90s; if we did, we would realize that the biggest events of the last 15 years have impacted “millennials” in different ways, creating groups with significant differences. Please consider:
- A 20-year old experienced 9/11 much differently than a 2-yr old did.
- A 10-year old did not have to pay crushing student loans and while trying to find a job in 2009.
- A person born in 1995 did not see her home’s value cut in half in a matter of months.