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It’s hard to keep up with the various names for each generation. Somehow we went from simply having to know “baby boomers” to now “gen x,” “gen y” and of course, “millennials.”

So what exactly are “millennials?” This group is loosely defined as anyone born between 1980 and 2000. Which means they range in age between 17 and 37. But there is more to know than their age. A lot more. Why you ask? Because they now represent over one third of the US population.

And they grew up during a period of intense advancements in technology. Which truly shaped their behavior. Far different than their predecessors, “gen x” and “baby boomers.”  Here’s an example. I just made the cutoff for “gen x” (born between 1965 and 1979). When I wanted to research something I had to open up an encyclopedia. Remember those things?

Millennials grew up during a period of mobile and Google. Within seconds they can know any obscure fact. They can spend less time memorizing, and more time learning, researching. But how technology shaped there lives goes deeper. An article from NPR (found here, excerpt below) explains.

“The baby boom, so-named because of the huge spike in births in the U.S. after World War II, is often thought of as the country’s largest generation. But today, millennials outnumber the boomers by 11 million people, having boosted their numbers through a wave of immigration, just as boomers have aged and started to die.”

“While most young adults today lack a college degree, millennials are still the most educated generation to date, with 34% having at least a bachelor’s degree. But as more people go to college, the value of their degrees has also increased. This makes it harder for the 26% of millennials with just a high school diploma to get jobs.”

“And for the millennials who have degrees, many were just finishing college when the Great Recession hit, and it left many of them jobless. The unemployment rate for college-educated millennials is 3.88% more than double that of the Silents, the generation before the boomers, when they were the same age (1.4 percent).”