COVER STORY: The New Greatest Generation
I score 15 and I was born in 1982. But I was confuse on the first question? Should the first question be "Are you willing to stand in line for cupcakes? And what does YOLO mean?
Just because I'm generation Z does not mean I'm a useless liberal tech obsessed, facebook loving "LOLing Moron"
I dont even have a Facebook.
TIME magazine is run by a horde of cynical Gen Xers who believe that being technology saavy, optimistic, thrifty, cautious, and community-oriented somehow equals narcissism. As a Millenial I wouldn't touch this magazine if you paid me, but oh wait, I'm not even supposed to know what printed material looks like...
This quiz is genuinely offensive. Good thing Time Magazine is almost intentionally alienating the upcoming generation of consumers. Buh Bye!
These questions are demeaning and mostly have nothing to do with what it actually means to be a "millennial."
These questions are demeaning and mostly have nothing to do with what it actually means to be a "millennial." Clearly an attempt by a 40-something not-journalist to make fun of something he or she doesn't understand.
This quiz/article is ridiculous, though I'll admit I scored 50% even though I was born in 1985 on the older end of this generation. My parents are at the older end of the Baby Boomers (born in 1946 & 1948) and my older sister was born in 1971, right in the middle of Gen X (it's easy to see that I was an unplanned accident baby, haha); basically, all this makes me an anomaly in how differently I was raised from most of my Millennial peers. That being said, most real millennials think that almost all the examples you used for questions are crazy obnoxious. I make fun of friends who take too many selfies, I've only waited in line for cupcakes once or twice in my life, and I prefer printed books to digital ones not only because I've always been a bookish nerdy kid but also because I believe it's not healthy to live your whole life in front of a screen. If you're into the stats of Millennials and other generational information, take a far more accurate quiz (on which I scored 90%) and look at real research about the characteristics and impact of our generation here (http://www.pewresearch.org/millennials/) at the Pew Research Center's website. It makes this little blurb by TIME look like a bad joke.
Most especially offensive to me about this quiz is the question that asks whether you believe "paying your own rent is overrated." SERIOUSLY?! Like so many other Millennials, I still live with my parents at 27. I moved back in after graduating college in May 2007 because I had no real job prospects and intended to stay only long enough to get on my feet, yet seven years later I'm still here. Many of us were counseled into choosing majors and degrees based on our passions and interests over more practical yet less interesting majors (hence why there's so many of us with liberal arts degrees) and financing your education with student loans wasn't even a question, it was standard practice of admission offices back then and most parents and students didn't know any better. On top of that, we graduated straight into an economically devastating recession from which older, more established generations still have yet to recover all they lost, never mind those of us who started with nothing still trying to claw our way. Some of us took whatever jobs we could find whenever we could find them, others stayed in school waiting out the economic downturn in the hope that by delaying graduation, the job outlook would get better (which unfortunately didn't happen). Simply look at the unemployment and underemployment rates for those of us ages 18-30 over the last five years, the amount of student loan debt carried by the same age range, the years most Millennials graduated college and the difference between the buying power of workers earning minimum wage in the 1970s-1980s versus today. It's staggering and tragic and it's directly impacted our entire generation.
It sounds like I'm playing the victim, and I've felt like one at varying times; however, I also know personal responsibility factors greatly here. I should have more thoroughly researched my financial aid and degree options and I shoulder my own failure to do those things, but it's also important to acknowledge that the academic culture we grew up in and our American cultural belief that our children will have a better quality of life than their parents failed us too. Regardless of blame, all we can do now is try our hardest to move forward. Milliennials do not think "paying our own rent is overrated." THE GREAT MAJORITY OF US (myself included) WOULD GIVE ANYTHING TO BE ABLE TO PAY RENT AND HAVE ENOUGH MONEY LEFT TO AFFORD GROCERIES AND OTHER NECESSITIES. Exceptions exist in every generation, but we're not lazy; we were already woefully unprepared for the post-college adult world in many ways and didn't get a chance to find our footing before the bottom fell out. We're trying to make our way in a changing world and I find it incredibly insulting that normally formidable, reputable TIME would make such a crass, simplistic generalization of an entire group of people.
In short: TIME and this idiotic insulting piece...#EPICFAIL
This quiz should reassure everyone that Mr. Stein's article simply can't be taken seriously. Say someone you work for is having a bad day, so you went out on your lunch break to buy him/her a cupcake as a "cheer up" gesture. You'd answer "yes" to that question, and TIME would only register that yes. See, TIME... individuality doesn't necessarily mean "ME ME ME!". Individuality, for our generation, means "Yes, I'm a (fill in religious group or lack or here) but could you not reduce me down to one single trait about me, and if you're going to, can you not judge me based on that trait please?"
Perhaps Time should consider hiring some Millennials who at least have a degree in Journalism and an understanding of modern American culture.
Does anybody really think this company would last if TIME wasn't established in the 1920s? Let's keep it real, the magazine only exists and is able to command the advertising rates it needs because the greatest and silent generations built the empire. If it wasn't for their sacrifices your current crop of Editors wouldn't have a ninety year old company to run into the ground. Vice wouldn't need to exist if the boomers didn't ruin TIME.
So am I the only millennial who liked the quiz and article?
I'm 16 and got 35% (I'm sorry, but everyone has to know the Fresh Prince song by heart)
I liked the article because it explained why our generation is the way it is. It makes sense; my parents grew up in the baby boomer generation, where they were the first to be told they could have anything. And so it makes sense that our generation is kind of narcissistic and mooch-y.
I know a lot of people who take 5 selfies a week, and take pictures of their every meal. It's ridiculous.
Obviously this stuff doesn't apply to any of us commenting here. Calm down.
Who the f*** taught you how to write a simple "yes" or "no" question? Apparently, someone paid you to smear your stupidity across the internet like a brain-damaged monkey and feces. GOOD JOB YOU!
I scored a 35% and I'm only 20. Guess that means I must be a reject of my generation. Or the quiz is preposterous.
Congratulations, you managed to find every single trait that us regular millennials find obnoxious in other people and then point them all at us.
Screw you, TIME. I'm pretty sure that between your last magazine cover with the "ME ME ME" and this quiz you are losing a lot of readers.
1.) this quiz login doesn't work with Chrome (that's what us "millennials" use guys) and the site in general looks like it was designed by my 76 year old father.
2.) this quiz is breathtaking in its reach to be insulting: If you don't know what gluten is, you aren't necessarily a millennial, but if you don't know how to Google it you might be an idiot.
3.) nobody can text while doing a sun salutation because you need to use both of your hands.
Can I just say how biased and ridiculous this quiz is? I was born in 94, but I only scored 15%. This article and quiz is cliched and insulting to those of us in the millenial generation that actually read time. Also, it's incredibly rude to not tell your photographer, Olivia Bee what you're actually using her pictures for. Sure, she's 19, but she's successful and hard working. Insulting youth and trivializing us is ridiculous and that's what you're doing here. Write about something important for god's sake.
I scored 25% and am born in 96. However, there are a lot of 75-100% out there as I spend a fair amount of time on Instagram, etc... The reason most of us scored low is that we are commenting on an article on Time magazine, and the 75-100s are NOT doing this...
I'm honestly not even offended by this. It's too ridiculous to deserve that much thought and energy. I spent the entire quiz laughing. Seriously, wtf? This is absurd. Get over yourself, TIME magazine. It's not our fault you're becoming outdated.
What the hell? Apparently in order to be a millenial you have to be a vapid idiot who spends all their time on social media? That's what you think of our generation? I'm disgusted. Also, you can't wear something "ironically" you either wear it, or you don't.
joel, if i may. i enjoy all of your work and your views help me find sense in the world.
i am an 8th grader who is amazed how accurately you depict the people around me.
very cool, and im sure you already know, haters gon hate
What the heck, man. I can't even -- there are no words for how inane this quiz is, as well as the majority of the associated article. There's one word that everyone's already used, and that's "generalization." It's completely apropos. I am right smack dab in the middle of the millennial generation, born in 1993, and I scored a 20%. What I would love is for this quiz to start documenting the results as a survey, followed by the option for the participant to submit their birth year. A "surprisingly" (not really) huge number of millennials would "EpicFail" this test (and yes, I'm quite familiar with what that means). We're still normal people, and that's nothing to joke about.
Standing in line for cupcakes?
This quiz should be called "Are you a spoiled white girl living in New York or Los Angeles."
As a millennial (born in 1994), who scored 15%, I find this quiz offensive. There are a lot of millennials out there like me, who your quiz and cover article miss when making their tired, sweeping generalizations; and for those millennials out there whose lives do adhere to your assumptions, leave them alone. Because in the end we are all trying to find ourselves and forms of entertainment in order to cope with the world we live in, the world you left to us.
Time does realise that there were trends in every generation, and demonising a new generation for their trends is kind of ridiculous, right? This whole fiasco with the 'Millennial' generation is grating.
love it when non-millennials attribute certain behaviors (slang-text speak, this "brangelina" bs, etc.) to millennials when really, it's just them perpetuating these ideas think they are being ironic themselves. ya dig? fact: my 55 year old mom uses more slang-text than me. fact: the SVU yolo episode was the only time i've heard a highschooler use the term and mean it. fact: my 38 year old brother was watching fresh prince long before i was. the only thing this quiz really proves: you don't get it and feel old because of it.
@AiligÓgil and actually they wouldn't pay you, also a millennial problem.
@loveandcoffee You do realize that the quiz is tongue-in-cheek, right?
@deirdremulkerrins No, because its just stupid and insulting. This is why this company is tanking. Because of stupid, pandering, sensationalist garbage like this.
@haushinkaadied I know, right? They chose the most stereotypical things. If they think we all do this, they really need to open their eyes.
In conclusion I hope this helps the time.com editors learn more about how millenials feel about your content. Now if you'll excuse me I like, totally have to go take a selfie and text my boo.
Yes you can. You wear it at one time because it was cool and then later when it isn't and you were in because you wore it before.
@nicron17The article, written by Joel Stein, was fantastic. The quiz was ridiculously shallow and did not begin to touch on the emotional differences in millennials. Had Joel Stein written the quiz it would have been no doubt as thoughtful as the article, but Elizabeth Dias and Katy Steinmetz were given task, presumably after they wrote a similar quiz for Teen Vogue. I had to laugh when you called Joel Stein by his first name. That is so millennial of you.
@CameronJones I want you to know that I created this account just to tell you that I said nearly these exact same words to my wife before I read your comment, and it was precisely on the cupcake slide.
@Ribbman @loveandcoffee Yes, I do, I promise! I don't usually take any of this type of thing seriously, but that one part just pissed me off so badly that I had to say something. Plus, I've heard those kinda "joking but not really" statements about that particular part of Millennial culture before and I'm just over it, especially when it's a piece from TIME putting it out there for gullible people to believe. I get that it's supposed to be a fun fluff piece, but don't make a blanket presumptive statement over life circumstances that most of us can't control, you know?
@loveandcoffee I do have to add, that this is just a terrible time to be trying to start a career. I have twenty-five years of experience and I'm getting basically entry-level compensation. It would be entirely understandable to be a little P.O.'ed.