Quiz: How 'Millennial' are you?
Do you have multiple tattoos? Did you watch more than an hour of television in the last 24 hours? Do you text frequently?
You have to credit the very serious Pew Research Center when, along with issuing a massive report on the millennial generation this week, the Washington-based self-described "fact tank" also devised a funny quiz for people to see how closely aligned they are with the much-maligned millennial generation.
After you answer 14 questions in the "How Millennial Are You?" quiz, Pew spits out a numerical grade. The closer you get to 100, the more "millennial" you are. More than anything, the quiz seems like a way for the non-profit to perhaps poke fun at itself or, at least, the concept of generalizing about a generation, even if there are statistics and surveys backing up the research.
[Editor's Note: Reporter Ian Shapira here casts doubt on the serious purpose of this quiz in part because I, his much-older editor, scored a considerably higher tally on the quiz, qualifying therefore as a much younger person than Shapira, who is a mere pup chronologically, but an old fogey in real life.]
[Reporter's Note: This is so embarrassing that I am going to set up an appointment to get a tattoo, maybe a couple of tattoos, to boost my millennial-cred. And no, in case you're looking at my last name and wondering, Jews with tattoos are not violating any of their religion's edicts and can still be buried in Jewish cemeteries.]
Deciding who's a millennial is never easy, especially for young people themselves. I once wrote a story featuring young people in their 20s and 30s who were totally confused as to whether they were millennials or Generation X-ers. Pew's report says that anyone technically born after 1980 is a Millennial, but does not give a final birth year for the generation. Some experts include anyone born from the late 1970s all the way up to the early 2000s as a Millennial. Neil Howe, co-author of the seminal work "Millennials Rising," says the first millennials were born in 1982 and graduated in the high school class of 2000, and thus, came of age in the new millennium. (Howe's late writing partner William Strauss coined the generation's name.)
Personally, I am what Howe describes as a "cusper," because I was born in September 1978. But I took Pew's quiz and scored a 35, and was clearly pegged as an X-er. I think it's because I read a daily newspaper every day.
What grade did you get?
| February 25, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
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