Today’s 18 to 29 year olds – members of the so-called Millennial Generation – see parenthood and marriage differently than today’s thirty-somethings (members of Generation X) did back when they were in their late teens and twenties, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey findings. Unlike their older counterparts, Millennials value parenthood much more than marriage.
The Millennial Generation
The Millennial Generation—American teens and twentysomethings—is confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change. The Pew Research Center examines America’s newest generation in a yearlong series of original reports.
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