A Portrait of Millennial America

*the following are based on actual statistics from high quality sources such as the CDC, Pewaukee, Barna, UCLA, department of defense, etc.
Education
    • 75% of U.S. high school students don’t meet “college ready” standards
    • 75% of U.S. citizens ages 17-24 cannot pass military entrance exams because they are not physically fit, have criminal records, or because they lack critical skills
Government
    • 75% of U.S. students are not proficient or better in civics, as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
    • 75%  Millennials agree… with the statement, “Whatever is right for your life or works best for you is the only truth you can know.”
Arts, Entertainment, & Media
    • Americans consume 34 gigabytes of data per day (mostly Visual) over an average of  9 hours per day.
    • “more than 75% of prime-time programs contain sexual content.”
    • Community was the top value promoted in the media in 1967 
    • Today the most promoted value in media is fame.
Health
    • 69 % are overweight
    • The majority of rest are in shape for vain reasons- often damaging their body through unhealthy dieting,  supplement,  or steroid use. 
Family
    • About 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher. That number is going down… but…
    • It’s because percent of all births to unmarried women is now up to 42%. In other words, they aren’t getting married in the first place. Therefore,  while there are less divorces, there are less marriages to begin with.  
Religion
    • There has been a 7% increase in Post Christian (2013-2015) identification in the last two years alone.
    • 18% of US millennials moved from liking the church to being hostile toward church in past 5 years (50+million people in US alone)

 

With all of this in mind, Who Am I?

I am a fatherless generation with a 42% chance that my mother is the only parent in my life from birth. If I am lucky enough to have a father, I have nearly a 50% chance of losing him to divorce. Without parents, I am raised by screens. I spend almost ten hours per day in front of these screens, absorbing 34 gigabytes of data per day, which teaches me that the purpose of life is to be famous, physically beautiful, and wealthy.  Nevertheless, because I have no parents and because I am insecure about myself, I have a 69% chance of being overweight, and if I am not overweight, it’s probably because I am making unhealthy strides to look good for people who will only love me if I am physically beautiful. I exploit my body to get a taste of that fame and attention I was raised to crave. As such, I have no idea how to have a real relationship, and even when I try to, no one else does either. So my love life is hopelessly doomed. I am even less likely than my mother to find and stay with a spouse to raise a child. I spend more time in school than any other generation in history, yet I am terribly uneducated and owe more money than I will make in a lifetime. I think I am educated, but really don’t understand why I believe what I believe. I just accept what the media teaches me. As such, I have no real sense of right and wrong. I think I get to define truth for myself. I am not even qualified to vote or serve in the military because of my inabilities. Above all, the screens have taught me that God isn’t real and that the Church is to blame for most of the suffering in the world. And because the church is anti-intellectual, unfriendly to those who are sexually promiscuous, and unwilling or unable to speak to my vocational identity, I will never return to Church, even for the sake of my children. I am the best connected generation in history and yet I am utterly alone. I have no true friends, family, church, or God. I may look pretty, polished, and put together in my pictures, but inside I am confused, depressed, and lost. I AM A MILLENNIAL. Please help me. 

Closing Thoughts

So how do we help them? Statistics paint a bleak picture of this generation and frankly this article doesn’t even skim the surface of the endless depths of struggles faced by this generation. Nevertheless, hardship is an opportunity. It is not enough to recognize the problem, we must also orchestrate a response. We must be solution oriented and here is the solution! 5 Ways To Change The World Forever!


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9 Comments
  • Chris Wilson
    Posted at 06:08h, 23 June Reply

    Perfect synopsis of stats conveyed; nicely framed, Chris

    • admin
      Posted at 22:45h, 26 June Reply

      Thanks Chris. Your encouragement has meant a lot to me. Keep up the good work ; ) haha

  • Grace
    Posted at 17:27h, 13 July Reply

    Fervently pray for this generation & the next. As a follower & lover of Jesus Christ, we must constantly ask the Holy Spirit to grow the zeal to follow & love our Saviour and, by God’s grace, continue to be an example to the younger generation and/or others specially the unbelievers. Talk the walk, walk the talk. Let us be Jesus to others.

  • craig
    Posted at 17:13h, 19 September Reply

    You ask for suggestions, here are a couple. Don’t teach the you the things they are taught in church. Teach them the Jesus that lived among us. He cared for the poor, the sick. He taught love and caring and our responsibility towards each other. He taught us to come away from Apostate religions as in Rome and her daughters the Protestant churches.

    Kids I see want for a mission , a vision and to be recognized for their success’s. This is human nature. An honest pat on the back or congratulation for success in a good effort goes a long way. Kids have come to help us on our little property where we raised chickens and berrys that we supply to folks who are short on funds or food. Kids like to see the faces of people they deliver food too. It also opens their eyes to societies needs in a very real visual, personal experience. We wish we could do much more of this work. We are limited by Time, Money and age.

    I love your people. Many, not all do have a life energy that is invigorating and I am grateful for them.

    That’s my wisdom for the day. hope it contributes some level of worthwhile experience.

    Be well.

  • Madeline Imani
    Posted at 01:08h, 18 October Reply

    You’re using my sisters pictures and making some crazy assumptions. And your little story is a joke. She is beautiful, strong and has a heart of gold. Screw you and your long, miserable rant! You talk down on us young people like we aren’t a product of your generations fuck ups. You’re an atheist but you sure do have a God-complex to judge someone who’s name you don’t even know. Get a life!

    • admin
      Posted at 10:04h, 25 October Reply

      I’m sorry you are so offended by this. I am not an atheist. And I am actually a millennial myself. I think you may misunderstand my perspective. Many of those statistics apply to who I am or who I was(prior to Christ). I am not judging millennials. I am pointing to the problems that millennials face. They are in many ways a product of their environment and that is why I say these things. We need to change our culture to help millennials and the following generations.

    • admin
      Posted at 10:17h, 25 October Reply

      btw. The article has nothing to do with your sister. She is just a model that I used in a picture. And her picture is used all over the place (that’s what happens when you model for a royalty free image). I am not speaking of her in this article. They are statistics about the mass generation. But while we are in the subject of judging people you don’t know… you managed to errantly assume that I am 1) not a millennial (and am responsible for the last generations f*ck ups) 2) an atheist and 3) being pessimistic. However, if you paid closer attention you would notice that I am a millennial Christian who finishes the article by saying that we need to be solution oriented and then I redirect to a positive solution-oriented post. You might want to reconsider your approach next time you feel the need to attack someone so severely.

  • Madeline Imani
    Posted at 01:17h, 18 October Reply

    Oh I see you aren’t an atheist. How are you going to save anyone by typing up paragraphs with irrelevant statistics? None of the things you brought up have anything to do with our family. Me and my sister have both accepted Jesus as our savior. Please stop using her pictures for your pessimistic articles!

    • admin
      Posted at 10:05h, 25 October Reply

      These statistics are far from irrelevant. Our generation needs serious help.

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