Sunday, May 31, 2020

Rosoff has thoughts about Millennials

Here's a Twitter exchange I've been thinking about

Julia Reinstein of BuzzFeed wrote an article about a party dude on Spring Break who wasn't concerned about Coronavirus.  The article's headline was:  "The Spring Breaker Who Was IDGAF About Coronavirus Has Apologized."  Matt Rosoff chimed in and suggested the BuzzFeed headline should refer to the guy as a "Millennial."  Julia told this guy that the term "Millennial" refers to someone between their mid-20's and 40.  Thus, an undergraduate college student would probably not be a Millennial.  Rosoff responded with a link to, which defines "Millennials" as people born between 1983 and 2000.

When I google "Age range of Millennials," the first result is a snippet from Wikipedia, and the next results is from Pew Research.  The Pew Research Center website states:
Anyone born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 23 to 38 in 2019) is considered a Millennial, and anyone born from 1997 onward is part of a new generation.
If you go by Pew Research, then the Spring Break dude is not a Millennial.  Their definition aligns with what Julia Reinstein said in her response.  If I were part of this conversation, I would ask Rosoff: "Why are you going by the U.S. PIRG definition rather than the Pew Research definition?"  What possible response could he give to the question?

Incidentally, even if you go by the U.S. PIRG definition of "Millennial," then the Spring Break dude appears to be at the very bottom ofor possibly even belowthe age range.  The guy's name is Brady Sluder.  After the video went viral, he made an apology post on Instagram.  Another post from his Instagram account, dated March 13, 2020, is captioned: "s/o freshman year. miami tomorrow. that’s all 🤞🏻."  So it appears Sluder was still a freshman in college.  The BuzzFeed article says he's from Milford, Ohio, and there is, in fact, a profile on for a "Barry Sluder" in Milford, Ohio, who graduated high school in 2019.  Granted, the guy looks kind of old for a college freshman, but let's assume he is a freshman, and let's assume he didn't repeat any grades.  In that case, he would've been either 18 or 19.  Again, the definition from U.S. PIRG says Millennials are between the ages of 19 and 37, so it's not a guarantee that Brady Sluder would've been a "Millennial" even by the U.S. PIRG definition.

Like I said, that's just incidental.

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