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Nation’s ‘millennials’ reveal respect for traditions, values

March 30, 2008

By Jennifer Harper
The Washington Times
March 30, 2008

Popular culture would have us believe that anyone under 30 is a cynical brat or a self-absorbed sluggard, intent on hedonistic impulses alone.
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But that’s a myth, at least according to J. Walter Thompson, the nation’s largest advertising agency.
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Thompson has plumbed the consciousness of the so-called “millennials” — those between 21 and 29 — to reveal a generation brimming with adultlike respect for American institutions, family values and work ethics, despite a few quirks.
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Among the findings: 94 percent said they respect monogamy and parenthood, while 84 percent revere marriage. Eighty-eight percent respect the U.S. Constitution, 84 percent respect the military and more than three-fourths believed in the proverbial “American dream.”
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Fewer than one in four, however, said they have any admiration for Hollywood.
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“We were completely surprised. There has been a faulty portrayal of millennials by the media — television, films, news, blogs, everything. These people are not the self-entitled, coddled slackers they’re made out to be. Misnomers and myths about them are all over the place,” said Ann Mack, who directed the survey and is the official “director of trend-spotting” at the agency.

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