Kids These Days

You can’t argue that they have great qualities, and that they have lots to offer, even if they drive you crazy.

—Ciara, age forty-eight

According to Pew Research,1 there are more than seventy-seven million Millennials, born since 1980, who in 2014 are between twenty-two and thirty-four years of age. This generation eclipses Generation X’s forty-six million by almost 68 percent, and generally equals the size of the Baby Boomer generation which the U.S. Census Bureau counts at 76.4 million (Population Reference Bureau).

It’s important to remember that Millennials are not all alike. Derek Thompson, senior editor at the Atlantic, notes that the Millennials born between 1980 and 1986 “landed in the cradle during an awful recession, ...

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