Perhaps no generation in history has been as maligned as the millennials. The 95 million Americans born between 1977 and 2000 are often accused of being entitled and narcissistic. They’re known as job hoppers who have little company loyalty, commitment, or work ethic. We’re told that their helicopter parents set them up to need constant handholding for reassurance and incessant praise to feed their overinflated egos. But are the accusations fair or justified? A new infographic from the University of San Francisco tells a different story. It paints a picture of a generation poised to become leaders.
Through this infographic, we see the millennials as members of an informed generation constantly consuming news out of a sense of civic concern and social interest. It highlights high levels of engagement — not just with technology but also with politics, corporate America, and the communities in which they live. Their 23 million votes accounted for nearly one in five votes lodged in the 2012 federal election. The majority of millennials are not old enough to hold public office, but they’re changing things where they can, signing petitions, attending political events, and driving workplace innovations such as Bring Your Own Device initiatives and flexible workspaces.
Read on to separate the fact from the fiction and discover how millennials are rallying against their bad reputation and becoming the leaders of the future.