Their lives may be more focused around technology, and they may view the world differently than previous generations, but that doesn’t mean that so-called Millennials don't read. Despite being frequently derided as anti-intellectual and self-obsessed, as a demographic, Millennials actually read more than older folks, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey of more than 6,000 Americans. The study found that 43% of Millennials read books daily, a rate similar to older adults. Overall, 88% of Millennials said they had read at least one book in the past year, compared to 79% of older respondents.
Putting generations in their place:
- The term "Millennial Generation" describes the generation of people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s.
- The Millennial Generation is also known as Generation Y, which followed Generation X -- those people born between the early 1960s and the 1980s.
- Millennials have also been called the "Peter Pan" or "Boomerang" Generation, because of the propensity of some to move back in with their parents, and a tendency to delay typical rites of passage such as marriage or the pursuit of a career.