According to Neil Howe and William Strauss, authors of the book “Millennials go to College,” Generation Y-also known as Net Generation, Generation Next and Millennial Generation-describes the demographic legion following Generation X. Born in the range of 1982 to the present, these people represent a generational clash between the Baby Boomers.The book stated that Millennials are known for being optimistic, high-achieving and team-oriented. Notably, they are compared to the G.I. Generation – which was also known as the “Greatest Generation” – meaning no other adult peer group meets the upbeat, team playing, high-achieving, civic-minded reputation.
Renelle James, a nursing major, believes that Millennial Generation, as well as others coming through the ranks, are defined by technology because she watches her nephew play video games all day with no outside activity.
“He is not interested in even playing outside anymore. His entertainment is based on video games and I know a lot of that has to do with decision making, but it is pretty much everything he does,” James said.
James also has her phone on her at all times and if she were to forget it, she would “turn around and get it because of emergency purposes,” James said.
Technology’s accessibility is also a defining feature.
“Technology helps us improve going further and further in life,” Alicia Beliston, a nursing major, said, “so it just keeps pushing each generation beyond what they were previously without the technology.”
Beliston also feels that the Net Generation may not be defined by technology but does check her Facebook frequently and always carries her phone or music device.
“[My phone] sits next to my bed because it’s my alarm clock. I don’t know how to work a regular alarm clock,” Beliston said.
The seven core traits of the Millennial Generation are that the members are special, sheltered, confident, team-oriented, conventional, pressured and achieving.