More so than other generations, they believe government should do more to solve problems. They are the least overtly religious American generation in modern times.
One-in-four are unaffiliated with any religion, far more than the share of older adults when they were ages 18 to 29.
But their look-at-me tendencies are not without limits.
Most Millennials have placed privacy boundaries on their social media profiles.
And 70% say their tattoos are hidden beneath clothing.
() Despite struggling (and often failing) to find jobs in the teeth of a recession, about nine-in-ten either say that they currently have enough money or that they will eventually meet their long-term financial goals.
But at the moment, fully 37% of 18- to 29-year-olds are unemployed or out of the workforce, the highest share among this age group in more than three decades.
Research shows that young people who graduate from college in a bad economy typically suffer long-term consequences — with effects on their careers and earnings that linger as long as 15 years.) Whether as a by-product of protective parents, the age of terrorism or a media culture that focuses on dangers, they cast a wary eye on human nature.
Two-thirds say “you can’t be too careful” when dealing with people.
Yet they are less skeptical than their elders of government.
Generations, like people, have personalities, and Millennials — the American teens and twenty-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood at the start of a new millennium — have begun to forge theirs: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.