What Millennials Want: Homes, Kids and Lots of Cash, Study Shows
Millennials -- you know, those 18 to 29-year-olds slacking on your couch (because they can't get jobs) -- have been criticized for their apathy and failure to launch from the nest.
But, during the holiday season, as parents try to find the "gift" omnipresent in these young folks who seem to be tethered to their remotes and your refrigerator, a Pew Study finds they aren't total sloths. Rather, they're dreaming of a holiday spent in their own homes, being good parents and having the ability to be the bearer of gifts that help others.
Turns out, this generation of teens and young adults born after 1980, really is hankering to be good parents -- 52 percent say they long to be quality moms and dads and to own their own homes (20 percent), according to the report.
The Pew Research Center surveyed 2,020 young adults in phone interviews to find out their attitudes toward marriage, children, work and more, the Huffington Post reports.
"Generations, like people, have personalities, and Millennials -- the American teens and 20-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood at the start of a new millennium -- have begun to forge theirs: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change," the report states.
The survey also found that 21 percent of Millennials want to help others; only 15 percent are religious; 9 percent wish they had lots of free time and 15 percent want a high paying career.
They also embrace multiple modes of self-expression. Three-quarters have created a profile on a social networking site, while one-in-five have posted a video of themselves online.
Even thought they can't find jobs and are living on their parent's couches, the generation as a whole remains enigmatic, the Huffington Post reports.
How Millennial are you? People of any age can take the Pew Quiz.
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