These are major events (wars, social movements, scientific or technological breakthroughs) that are likely to have a simultaneous impact on all age groups, though, again, their impact is often greatest among the young because their values and habits are less fixed than those of other age groups.The most common approach to trying to understand how each of these processes plays out is through , which uses data collected at different times to track changes in the attitudes and behavior of cohorts as they age.
America’s newest generation, the Millennials, is in the middle of this coming-of-age phase of its life cycle.
We’ll also take a close look at diversity among the Millennials themselves.
Generations may have personalities, but they are not monolithic.
We will explore how the core values and behaviors of members of this generation differ by race, ethnicity, class, gender, ideology, partisanship, geography and religiosity.
As we launch this exercise in generational profiling, we offer one overarching note of caution.