Barna’s new 62-page report* uncovers insights into the generation which has approximately 72.1 million people: Millennials.
Barna’s report of the Millennial generation is broken into five main sections.
- Ideology and Politics
- Worldview Considerations
- Millennial Connections
Generations Recap – When were they born?
- Boomers: 1946 -1965 (often divided into two separate categories – Baby Boomers/Boomers 1 and Boomers 2 or Generation Jones).
- Gen X: 1966-1980
- Millennials: 1981-1996
- Gen Z: 1997-2012
- Generation Alpha: early 2010s – mid 2020s>
- Generation Beta: Babies born 2024 and beyond (yes, there’s a label for their generation already.
Raise your hand if you’ve never heard of 5 and 6. 🙋♂️
Why read the report?
“Among the many discoveries in these pages are revelations about Millennials concerning their struggle to nail down their purpose in life; the mental and emotional fragility of the generation; their appreciation for Jesus Christ and the Bible, but not for organized Christianity; and the daunting challenges they face with relationships.” – George Barna, 3
As a millennial, I can personally attest that we
are the best do tend to relate to the issues described above. It’s never easy to paint a general brush, but I think it’s pretty close to spot on.
Millennials grew up with technology from early in life, and so the way they connect with others, form a personal worldview, and wrestle with faith and politics is different than previous generations.
And the children of Millennials, Generation Alpha, is being and will be raised in a manner directly influenced by Millennials’ comfort level with and wide use of modern technology.
Some quick bites from Barna’s report
- A lot of millennials (3 out of 4) often feel anxious, depressed, or fearful.
- 27% do not associate with any religious faith or tradition
- 10% have a mostly negative or very negative view of Jesus Christ
- 15% have a mostly or very negative view of Christianity
- 14% have a mostly or very negative view of The Bible
- 63% lean on emotions and advice from others to make moral decisions