US survey finds nearly even split prediction on behaviour change outcomes among Millennials

March 1, 2012

In a Pew Research Center survey about the future of the Internet, technology experts and stakeholders were fairly evenly split as to whether the impact of networked living on Millennials will turn out to be positive or negative by 2020. Approximately 55% of respondents agreed that in 8 years, Millennials will be nimble, quick-acting multitaskers who will do well in key respects, while about 42% agreed that today's youth will have a thirst for instant gratification, settle for quick choices, and lack patience. While 55% agreed with the positive statement, many who chose that perspective noted that it is more their hope than their best guess, and a number of respondents said the true outcome will be a combination of both scenarios. Since the survey asked for the selection of either the positive or the negative, with no middle-ground choice, the report states that the result is probably more like a 50-50 outcome than the 55-42 split. Overview | Full Report