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#millennialnation Behind the Scenes

#millennialnation

Behind the Scenes

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Evann Hopkins

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In some of my other articles, as well as other articles on this blog, there’s been some mention of Millennials.  Brief discussions on their finances, the state of the world they are taking over, their crippling student debt, etc.  But for this series they will be the focal point.  All millennial from all sides. This is to get a better understanding of them from a mindset and financial viewpoint.  If you are a millennial, like I am, you might learn a little something about your fellow millennials as well.  (A little disclaimer before we dive into the #millennialnation.  None of this information is my opinion.  These statements and facts have been researched and come from sources other than myself) There is a lot to discuss when it comes to an entire generation.  To start off,  let’s look at what makes a millennial a millennial and how they came to be.

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The year ranges that determine who is considered a millennial vary depending on which source you are using.  For the sake of simplicity, we will say anyone born in the 1980’s and 1990’s is a Millennial.  Millennials parents are primarily made up of older baby boomers and younger Gen X’s. Many of these parents decided that they did not want their children to endure the divorce and absent parents that they did growing up.  Many parents also waited longer to have children because of their careers, personal plans, travel, etc.  When these parents did finally have children, they were valued immensely.  Starting in the late 1980’s, children’s issues (their well-being, happiness, etc) was a big social concern, and quickly became an area of increased importance.  Parents were told they needed to create happy and healthy family environments for their children, and they needed to provide their children with everything and anything they would need to thrive.  They needed to protect and keep them from anything that could be dangerous.

You could say that this philosophy created “helicopter parents”.  These are parents involved in their children’s lives in every way.  They tend to try to control as many aspects of their children’s environment that they can.  They want what is best for their children, but they can be controlling and overbearing.  These parents created a save environment with lots of opportunities for their children.  However, many millennials who grew up with helicopter parents were sheltered from different aspects of adult life, they may not have been told no enough as children, or they may not have a sense of their own identity because they have not been able to develop one. You can read more about helicopter parents here.

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                The country during the early childhood of Millennials was also buzzing with activity.  The 9/11 terrorist attack was a pivotal event for the millennial generation, much like the Kennedy assassination was for the baby boomers.  The columbine shootings, Desert Storm, and other global and national events loomed over them as well.  Going into the late 1990’s technology was advancing at a pace never seen before. Cell phones were no longer just used by business professionals, the internet and google became a large part of daily life, and the idea of social media emerged and absolutely exploded.  The internet and social media are considered the cornerstone of the millennial generation.  The world as we knew it was changed by social media, and the millennial children changed with it as they grew.  We will discuss this more next week in part 2 of the series.

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The millennials have also grown up in an age concerned with equality for women, racial tolerance and equality, and many other social and environmental issues.  Technology has made many things that were not possible before, possible now.  Millennials grew up very connected and tech savvy.  They evolved and grew with the technology and became, in a sense, part of it.  The millennial age is marked by a change in parenting style, 9/11, the rapid growth of the internet and social media.  Now that we have looked behind the scenes we can explore millennials and their social media.  Stay tuned next week for part 2.

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