The Good News About Generations X & Y

about generation x/y in early two-thousand milieus & current reports.

Said about Milieus in 2000:

Where does this hunger come from?The hunger comes from a lot of different places. If you feel like you werent fed growing up, then youre going to have intense hunger. So some of it is just I didnt get what I needed from my church. Some of it is I didn’t get what I needed from my family. Rising divorce rates affected this generation—leading to a breakup of family, breakup of community, a sense of feeling isolated. So all of that has contributed.Yet, some of this trend, I believe, is just the work of the Holy Spirit, and thats what the young believers will tell you. Theyll refuse to chalk it up to sociology or rebellion. The gospel is timeless and the attraction is timeless.

How does the path of these young believers differ from that of their parents and grandparents?

For one thing, this may be one of the first generations where faith is such a conscious choice. It’s not something embedded in their family anymore. I searched far and wide, and I didn’t find too many people—even among the ones who had been raised in strict Catholicism or in the evangelical subculture who had never questioned their faith. They just don’t have that luxury anymore. The culture questions them every day. I quote Os Guinness saying that on the one hand this situation is great because faith is a conscious choice, and on the other hand that can lead to problems, because if something can be consciously chosen it can be consciously rejected when it becomes inconvenient.

How can these committed young believers actually transform our culture without falling into the pitfalls you’ve mentioned—overzealousness and choosing the wrong media?

They’re transforming culture through every career they find themselves in. I focused on those young adults who were in positions of some cultural influence, whether through their jobs or their presence at top universities. That’s where I found this trend the strongest. This is counterintuitive, because a lot of secular analysts of religion assume faith is for those who have fallen on hard times and didn’t really have a lot of other options. At least in the case of the young adults I wrote about, it’s exactly the opposite. They’re the best and brightest.

In the culture that has created Temptation Island and Sex in the City, did you find that the new faithful buck against sexual immorality and instead find fulfillment in traditional families?

Yes. That was among the most surprising discoveries for me. Sexuality is where ideals meet reality in terms of religious commitment, especially for single young adults. If they want to live their faith, those who are committed to Christian orthodoxy believe they need to save sex for marriage. They believe they need to live in a way that is very different from the way the media portray their peers as living. And that’s tough, I think, for single Christians who don’t always get a lot of support from the pulpit. Sometimes they may hear the message, but it can be hard to meet other Christians with similar values.

There is an element of rebellion against the culture, and it’s strong in the area of sexuality. A lot of them have not always been following this path. A lot have gone with the culture and just found it empty and depressing. In many cases, sexuality got them to turn back to God because things had gone so badly when they followed the world’s advice in that area. They started to question everything they were hearing from the popular culture.

Is there one style of worship that these young believers tend to embrace?

Definitely not. They want the hard gospel. They want a preacher or a priest to tell it like it is, to give them morality that they believe is sound and doesn’t simply cater to their whims. But when it comes to worship styles, they’re more flexible. …

via The Good News About Generations X & Y | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

More current about the Generation X &Y. One thing that is noted of the gerenation and in agreement is that is the most “education generation in history”.

More and more attention is starting to be paid to the working and spending habits of the biggest generation since the Baby Boomers: Generation Y. With all the potential of a new and hopefully more engaged workforce, it’s important to stay informed about who researchers say “are on track to become the most educated generation in American history.”

Here are a few things you may already know about Generation Y:

  • Also known as “Millennials”
  • Born 1980 to 2000
  • 80 million strong
  • Grew up with school shootings, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Iraq
  • Plagued with high levels of student debt
  • Proficient with technology, often called “Digital Natives”
  • Personality characteristics: confident, social, celebrate diversity, collaborative
  • 30. Almost 40% of all Millennials have a tattoo (about half of those with tattoos have two to five tattoos and 18% have six or more). 70% say their tattoos are hidden beneath clothing.
  •  1 in 4 Millennials are unaffiliated with any religion.
  • 32. In 2008, 66% of Millennials voted for Barack Obama for president, compared with 50% of those 30 and older, the largest disparity between younger and older voters in 40 years.
  • 33. Just 2% of Generation Y males are military veterans. (At a comparable stage of their life cycle, 6% of Gen Xer men, 13% of Baby Boomer men and 24% of Silent Generation men were veterans.)
  • 34. 61% of Millennials grew up in a two-parent household, a smaller percentage than the three previous generations.
  • 35. 21% of Millennials are married (half the percentage of their parents’ generation at the same ages).
  • 36. 34% of Millennials are parents.

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.

They are more ethnically and racially diverse than older adults. They’re less religious, less likely to have served in the military, and are on track to become the most educated generation in American history.

Their entry into careers and first jobs has been badly set back by the Great Recession, but they are more upbeat than their elders about their own economic futures as well as about the overall state of the nation.

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 ninein-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-yearolds 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.

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. Yet not belonging does not necessarily mean not believing. Millennials pray about as often as their elders did in their own youth.

Millennials are on course to become the most educated generation in American history, a trend driven largely by the demands of a modern knowledge-based economy, but most likely accelerated in recent years by the millions of 20-somethings enrolling in graduate schools, colleges or community colleges in part because they can’t find a job.

2 Lisa B. Kahn. “The Long-Term Labor Market Consequences of Graduating from College in a Bad Economy,” Yale School of Management, Aug. 13, 2009 (forthcoming in Labour Economics).

Millennials’ Priorities

% say… is one of the most important things in their lives

  1. Being a good parent- 53%
  2. Having a successful marriage – 30%
  3. Helping others in need – 21 %
  4. Owning a home -20%
  5. Living a very religious life – 15 %
  6. Having a high-paying career -15%
  7. Having lots of free time – 9%
  8. Becoming famous – 1%

Source: PewResearchCenter, December 2009


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