The word millennial is taken from centuries. As an adjective, millennial refers to or denotes a time period of a thousand years. It may even refer to a thousand-year anniversary. As a noun, the word millennial refers to an individual approaching young adulthood in the early twenty-first century (Helping Millennials Help You., 2013 pp 19). The term “millennial” refers to a large and loosely formed group of people. Two millennial populations are often at odds with one another. These are generation Y which comprises of persons born between 1981 and 1991, and generation X which consists of persons born between 1991 and 2001.Generation Y individuals usually have traits similar to persons of generation X. For this reason, Generation Z may confuse Generation X with Generation Y and then profess to be the real millennial generation. However, millennial birth years should range between 1981 to 2001.Millenials can refer to both Generation Z and Generation Y with the major with technology being the basis of their difference. Generation Y was raised on video game systems, cell-phones, and personal computers while Generation Z was raised on apps, smartphones, and tablets. However, the general ground is that both generations have been altering and transforming identity and communication not only in the US but worldwide. The millennial generation is also called the Boomerang or Peter Pan Generation due to the propensity of some of them to live with their parents as a result of economic challenges and a rising likelihood to delay certain common adulthood transition phases such as marriage or beginning a career (Burke, et al., 2015 pp 26).
The term Millennials is also synonymous with young people who are more politically and civically detached and more interested in materialistic benefits while ignoring the more significant community years (Ender, et al, 2014 pp 17). The pattern is more of a focus on external values like image, fame and money, and less attention to internal values like community, group affiliation, and self-acceptance. Millennials are also known for positive attributes. They are confident young people who are upbeat, liberal, self-expressive and confident. Though seen as highly generous, some of them are opposing the trend. Also, millennials are believed to be the generation that has felt the significant impact of the great recession since historically, the phenomenon is responsible for increased levels of youth unemployment. Consequently, there has been speculation regarding probable long-term social and economic destruction to this generation.
There is an active if not tiresome, debate regarding whether millennials are do-gooders, open-minded or self-entitled narcissist, with the truth lies somewhere in-between. Overall, however, there is more focus on the self unlike the former generations. Hence the millennials are also known as Generation me (Burke, et al., 2015 pp 31). Millennials perceive themselves to be narcissistic although they dislike it. The self-centred way of life may be as a result of an increase of independence in the society. According to psychology, there is a highly reliable and consistent pattern where all pointers of autonomy have continued to rise during the last ten decades. Other scholars have reported that the efforts to provide a general definition of a whole generation is a fruitless effort (Ender, et al., 2014 pp 27) Additionally, some have pointed out that descriptions of millennials seem to concentrate on mainly white young people from urban regions, disregarding the extraordinary experience of minorities and immigrants (Helping Millennials Help You., 2013 pp 27). There is a big deal of differences from one person to another in any generation cohort. However, the specific background for any generation influences those people in angles that can be observed as full tendencies. This extended definition highlights those trends for millennials about culture, technology, work, and social environment.
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