When you’re out and about doing whatever it is you do, notice everyone. Count them in groups of 4, and every time you come back to the number “1,” think to yourself about that person being classified as a millennial. Do it all day, maybe for a week, hell, for the rest of your life, because the reality is that the much talked about generation now makes up an astounding 24 percent of the world’s population.
Right now, an estimated 1.7 billion people are millennials, which is likely why they’re taking so much heat as of late for being the end-all to the existence of mankind. They’re easy targets. But as stats go, they’re not as shitty as everyone is making them out to be.
Sure, they’re attached to their mobile devices all hours of the day and enjoy brunch more than they do children. But they’re also socially active with issues relating to minority groups and care about health more so than generations before them. And at a group population of almost 2 billion, that’s an important shift in the status quo.
Recently, Nielsen released a few data points on millennials and how they stack up compared to the Boomers as far as health and entertainment is concerned. Overwhelmingly, the younger generation chooses to eat out as opposed to staying in for a meal, some 30 percent more so than their elders. But they also check labels more often for nutrition facts, care about where their food comes from and are willing to try new things while out shopping for groceries.
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Within the next 20 or so years, we’re going to begin seeing a dramatic thinning of the Baby Boomer generation, or people who were born between 1946 and 1964. Then of course, Gen X becomes seniors, and then it’s the millennials’ turn … and so on and so forth. As it goes, the ideals instilled in each become far less important to society at large long before the entire group is gone — because as majority rules, so too does the younger generations with more people power.
It’s why, god willing, we’re going to see an exceptional turn of events happen because of the Black Lives Matter movement, or finally have our female counter-parts able to foot their end of the bill because, hey, they make as much as dudes. Or maybe, possibly, see a country where people stop caring about where others go to the bathroom and more towards their own personal contribution to society or lessening the disastrous load on the environment.
What’s really the problem here? Is it that people under 35 enjoy taking pictures of themselves and sharing it with the rest of the planet, or is it that a never-before-seen type of social independence is becoming the new normal — something that has more people thinking about health, pleasure and self-discovery more than ever before?
Numbers don’t lie, and if they’re any indication to the type of society some of us will be a part of 30 years from now, it doesn’t look half bad.