A plurality of the American public believes that young adults are having the toughest time of any age group in today’s economy -- and a lopsided majority says it’s more difficult for today’s young adults than it was for their parents’ generation to pay for college, find a job, buy a home or save for the future. But long-term economic optimism among young adults remains unscarred.
In the last four national elections, generation has mattered more in American elections than it has in decades. This continues to be true as voters look ahead toward the 2012 general election. In a contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney, there is a 20-point gap in support for Obama between Millennials and the over-65 Silent generation.
The number of 18-to-24 year old Hispanics attending college in the United States hit an all-time high of 12.2 million in October 2010, driven by a single-year surge of 24% in Hispanic enrollment. Rising educational attainment was a dominant driver of the enrollment trends for young Hispanic adults, with the share of those completing high school and attending college on the rise.
While 52% of Millennials say being a good parent is "one of the most important things" in life, just 30% say the same about having a successful marriage
While many tech devices have become popular across generations, Millennials are by far the most likely group not only to own most gadgets, but also to take advantage of a wider range of functions on those devices.
Even in online pursuits still dominated by Millennials -- such as social networking use -- older generations are making notable gains.
Millennials continue to be among the strongest backers of Democratic candidates this fall, though their support for the Democratic Party has slipped since 2008. But young voters have given far less thought to the coming elections than have older voters, and this gap is larger than in previous midterms.
Adults are increasingly using text messages to communicate, but they still text far less than teenagers, who send and receive, on average, five times more texts per day than adult texters.
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Technology experts generally believe that today’s tech-savvy young people -- the ‘digital natives’ who are known for enthusiastically embracing social networking and other online tools -- will retain their willingness to share personal information online even as they get older and take on more responsibilities.