What Do We Think of Ourselves?

Twentysomethings weigh in on this generation

This article is from Issue 58: Jul/Aug 2012

A recent study asked younger twentysomethings how they feel about their generation. The short answer? Most 18- to 24-year-olds don’t like themselves—or their peers—very much.

Only 19 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds have a positive view of their generation compared to their parents’. Forty percent of these Millennials judge their own generation more negatively than their parents, while another 40 percent is neutral on the topic. A surprisingly high number of them don’t think their generation is any better than previous generations.