I’m a millennial, which means that I have to put up with a lot of societal abuse for the mere fact that I was born in the eighties. Apparently, my generation is to blame for everything from vacation-shaming our coworkers to not knowing how to cook. (But “go us” for fighting back a bit!) Now there’s a new study to bum us out: apparently, we’re the most useless population in the entire world. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯*
The study, put out by nonprofit Educational Testing Service (ETS), looked at millennials’ skillz — specifically, it compared their abilities in literacy, numeracy (the ability to apply math to everyday situations), and “problem-solving in technology-rich environments” to those of their international peers. And, surprise, surprise, we didn’t stack up well against the rest of the world.
These findings hold true when looking at millennials overall, our best performing and most educated, those who are native born, and those from the highest socioeconomic background. Equally troubling is that these findings represent a decrease in literacy and numeracy skills for U.S. adults when compared with results from previous adult surveys.
Translation (because I’m doing my darnedest to show off my own ability to function and contribute here): millennials from all educational and socioeconomic backgrounds are useless. We’re even useless when compared with older generations of American adults.