Tonawanda News

Opinion

March 9, 2014

DUVALL: A view of Millennials

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Tonawanda News — Still, I think it’s a stretch to say the increased number of insignificant relationships we form on social media equate to a decrease in the meaningful ones. I’m single but I don’t think I have fewer close friends than my parents or grandparents did at my age. If anything, I have more.

Another interesting point: My generation has largely entered into adulthood under worse socioeconomic conditions than predecessors. The Generation Xers entered into a booming 90s economy that ensured decent paying jobs for nearly everyone. There wasn’t a global war on terrorism and our nation wasn’t bathed in debt.

I was a sophomore in college when 9/11 happened. I lived in Washington under Orange Alert. And when I graduated, I entered a workforce the bottom of which would fall out four years later. Many friends I know have seen promising careers stall — or be snuffed out completely — due to the Great Recession. We are equally the most educated and the most debt-loaded generation in American history thanks largely to the high cost of a college education.

And so it shouldn’t come as a great shock we’re more in favor of an activist government that works to help people get a leg up — because we need it.

Perhaps the most encouraging sign for our nation’s future as my generation ascends to leadership in America is our kindness. Millennials, Pew says, are far moire diverse and accepting of others than the generations before us. We are more likely to enter into mixed-race relationships. We are more likely to have friends of different races, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. We support same-sex marriage at higher rates than other generations and believe in government programs aimed at helping minorities advance their station in life.

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