Young adults have shed substantially more debt than older adults did during the Great Recession and its immediate aftermath—mainly by virtue of owning fewer houses and cars and paring credit card balances.
The record generation gap evident in the last two presidential elections is echoed by large differences by age in attitudes about the tradeoff between reducing the federal deficit and preserving entitlements for older adults.
Barack Obama won 60% of the vote among those younger than 30, down from 66% in 2008, but his youth support may have been an even more important factor in his victory this year.
In 2012, for the first time ever, one-third of the nation's 25 to 29-year-olds have completed at least a bachelor's degree. College completion is also now at record levels among key demographic groups.
Teachers participating in a Pew Internet study say the impact of today's digital environment on their students' research habits and skills is mostly positive, but not without drawbacks.
More than eight-in-ten Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library.
Young voters are significantly less engaged in this year’s election than at a comparable point in 2008 and now lag far behind older voters in interest in the campaign and intention to vote.
The Pew Research's Center's Paul Taylor answers questions about young people's involvement in politics.
Large majorities of young adults ages 25 to 34 who are living at home with parents say they're satisfied with that arrangement and upbeat about their future finances.
While experts see many young people becoming nimble analysts and decision-makers because of their embrace of the networked world, they also warn that some constantly-connected teens and young adults will lack a deep engagement with people and knowledge by being hyperconnected.