If you are an older adult or an adult child, you probably know at least one millennial family member who was born in 1981 or later. Millennials are digital natives, born into a world that is markedly different from the world in which we all grew up. So when it comes to life, they also have markedly different outlooks and habits.
I just discovered and took a quiz How Millennial Are You? over at the Pew Internet Research Center website. It is interesting and fun, so give it a try!
The questions cover digital-age habits such as reading newspapers, using mobile phones, and watching television, as well as a fair number of life-style issues. It’s interesting to do, and the score places each quiz-taker on a continuum with a range of generations from people in their in their 70s and above (called the silent generation) to boomers and down through other demographic groups to millennials.
You may be surprised at the results, especially if you have online social media profiles and have mobile phones that you use for texting.
Once you answer the questions and get a score, go back and change answers to see how the score changes with different responses. A quiz-taker can also see graphs that depict how various generations of test takers fared in a more scientific survey.
This short exercise can help aging parents and adult children, grandparents and grandchildren develop a keener sense of how the behavior of various generations changes as digital life intensifies. Maybe everyone can take the quiz when the family gathers together for a holiday celebration.
I scored 70, so I have a lot of digital-age millennial characteristics. On the other hand, despite the fact that my husband is digitally literate, he scored 30 (losing a lot of points for reading at least one newspaper each day and texting rarely). It was especially interesting to look at the graphs and see how we compare to other people in our age ranges.
Take the quiz, have fun, and learn.