How Millennial Are You?

» Posted by Jeanne Meister  » Posted on 03.04.10

The Pew Research Center has created a very engaging quiz that asks the question “How Millennial Are You?” That’s right. You may think that being part of a generation will dictate your media habits, and a predisposition to engage in social media. But think again.

First, a refresher on the generations:
Traditionalists born prior to 1946
Baby Boomers (that’s me) born between 1946 and 1964
Generation Xer’s born between 1965 and 1976
Millennials born between 1977 and 1997

Pew Research says that on average, the higher your score, the “more Millennial” you are in your habits and mindset. One of the questions is “Have you ever created a profile on any social networking site—such as MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn?” See below for the breakdown on this question by generation:

Now it’s time to share my score. I scored 78 but Traditionalists on average score 4, Baby Boomers 11, Generation Xers 33 and Millennials 73.

So how is it that my score is so high? Without admitting to body piercings and tattoos, over the course of writing my new book, The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today, I have developed the mindset and social media habits of a Millennial—creating several profiles on social networks, getting most of my news from blogs and social networks, admitting to sending more than 50 text messages a day to work colleagues and family members. I am also liberal in my political views and have both a landline and a cell phone. And I might add, I love my new hyper-connected life.

Bottom line, if we want to stay employable in the 21st century, we need to experiment with using various forms of social media. Why? Because we need to understand how these media have the potential to improve our productivity at work and create fuller lives at home. As we engage in the workforce of the future, more of us will likely adapt a Millennial mindset. Millennials are simply leading the way and showing us the power of interacting and engaging with social media.

So take the quiz here: How Millennial Are You?

Now ask yourself:
1) What can we all learn by adapting a Millennial mindset?
2) Does your organization leverage the Millennial mindset in how you attract and develop all generations in the workforce?
3) Are you creating learning programs which meet the Millennial mindset where they live—engaged online?

Finally I am excited to share that the new book I have written with co-author Karie Willyerd is now available for pre-orders. You can learn more at www.the2020workplace.com
OR pre-order directly at Amazon.com.

And if you are interested in attending an author tour, send me a message and I will be sure to send you a notice.

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3 Comments

  1. Nathaniel, March 11, 2010:

    Hi Jeanne,

    I took the quiz. Pretty accurate score for my age. I guess I’m more Millennial than I thought! Looking forward to the new book!

  2. Clint Poole, March 15, 2010:

    Thanks for sharing the quiz, very interesting indeed. It’s amazing how one Generation has so positively forced change amongst the other three. The influence of Gen Y’s communications and learning preferences has accelerated some transformations organizations were slow to accept. I’m a Gen Xer and I’m all for it.

    Looking forward to the new book. 2020 Isn’t that far away!

    -Clint Poole
    HumanElementBlog.com

  3. DeAnne, March 16, 2010:

    I scored an 83 - which for a boomer means I’m pretty with it… especially when I immediately looked for the ReTweet/Share link for the article and couldn’t find one!

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