(From The Washington Post -- By Ian Shapira)
JARED ROGALIA, 25, a HERTZ rental car manager-trainee, is as cranky as someone twice his age when he complains about his generation's work ethic.
Here's how Rogalia characterizes his age group.
The first is: Really spoiled and lazy.
The second is: We're free-spirited.
And the third is: They'd rather be poorer and have free time than have a lot of money.
THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION -- about 50 million people ages 18 to 29 -- is the only age group in the nation that doesn't cite work ethic as one of its "principal claims to distinctiveness," according to a new PEW RESEARCH CENTER study, MILLENNIALS: CONFIDENT. CONNECTED. OPEN TO CHANGE.
The Washington-based non-profit found that young adults and their elders agree -- Baby boomers and members of Generation X have better work ethic and moral values than those in their 20s.
In a survey of about 1,200 people of all ages, those in Generation Y chose other traits to define themselves.
24% said "Technology Use"
11% went with "Music/Pop Culture"
7% chose "Liberal/Tolerant"
6% said "Smarter"
Only 5% noted their generation's "Work Ethic" -- the same portion who chose "clothes" as their distinction.
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