We will compare their behaviors and attitudes with those of today’s older adults.
And to the extent that we can, we will also compare them with older adults back when they were the age that Millennials are now.
The Pew Research Center will try to answer these questions through a yearlong series of original reports that explore the behaviors, values and opinions of today’s teens and twenty-somethings.
The unique nature of the times imprints itself on each successive age cohort, producing differences that persist even as a cohort ages and moves through the life cycle.
Their collective identities typically begin to reveal themselves when their oldest members move into their teens and twenties and begin to act upon their values, attitudes and worldviews.
America’s newest generation, the Millennials, is in the middle of this coming-of-age phase of its life cycle.
We’ll also take a close look at diversity among the Millennials themselves.
Generations may have personalities, but they are not monolithic.