by Jess Rainer
I expected to see a generation that is nominally Christian. I expected to see a generation that is financially confused. I expected to see a generation heavily involved in technology. But I did not expect to see a generation that is dedicated to family. When researching for the book The Millennials, we asked the open-ended question, “What is most important to you in life?” 61 percent of Millennials stated their family is most important.
Friends and education followed the number one response, but neither of these answers came close to representing a majority of the generation. Millennials desire to be connected to their family. The use of technology has brought families together in a way previous generations never had the ability to connect. Millennials are seeking the advice and counsel of our parents. Almost 9 out of 10 Millennials receive regular advice and counsel from parents.
Millennials also are thinking about our own future families. Eighty-six percent of Millennials believe they will marry once or not at all. My generation desires to have children. There appears to be a return to strong traditional family values. I believe Millennials desire to break the trend of broken families.
Jess Rainer is co-author of The Millennials (B&H).