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Hey Haters, Here’s Why Millennials Are the Most Informed Generation


If you’re a millennial (that is, folks born between the early 80s and early 00s loosely), you’ve probably been told you’re too sensitive. Maybe you’ve been called whiny, or spoiled. According to a new Pew Research Center study, there’s another word that describes millennials: informed.


The study found that about 78% of adult Americans feel they receive reliable information from public libraries. Among those asked, millennials (defined, in this case, as people ages 18 to 35 as of 2016) were the most passionate about their public libraries.



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Earlier this year, another Pew Research Center study found millennials were the generation most likely to have used a public library in the past year. If millennials are the generation most likely to use public libraries, and most adult Americans feel public libraries are reliable sources of information, then millennials may be among the most well-informed Americans.


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The key word in Pew’s recent study is ‘feel.’ The survey participants were asked if they feel the information in public libraries is reliable, and most said it is. Whether or not the information received is actually reliable remains questionable. Participants also weren’t asked what they were reading at libraries. If everybody is reading The Hobbit, then the information may be reliable, but the information is also about goblins and dragons and stuff.


Still, the fact remains that millennials are the age demographic most likely to visit public libraries. We can also probably all agree that going to a library is, overall, an educational experience. Thus, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched to say millennials may be the most informed generation.


Next time anybody tries to pull a “kids these days” argument on us millennials, remember what Socrates said over 2,000 years ago:


The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.


Gosh, that sounds familiar…




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