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  1. Michael Johnson on October 2, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Great post. Interesting insights. In your first stat you asked: How do we prepare young adults to engage in long-term, committed relationships?

    This has been a driving passion of my life since 2003.

    Here’s what we’re doing:

    Would LOVE your thoughts!

    By the way, we met at a Faith On Campus’ Forum last year. Totally ate up your presentation.

    • Tim Elmore on May 23, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Thanks for your video post Michael. I love your mission to prepare people for long-term relationships—love doesn’t just wait, it prepares. Keep it up!

      • Michael Johnson on May 23, 2016 at 9:07 am

        Thanks, Tim! We’re now full-time and 501c3! A lot has happened since this comment 2 years ago. Please pray for our dedication celebration TOMORROW night!

        • Tim Elmore on May 23, 2016 at 3:20 pm

          That’s exciting! Congratulations. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Alan on October 7, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I’d hesitate before equating “More time in school” with “Better educated”.

    Our experience suggests that more time is being spent in college because less is being learned before college. Knowledge that was common upon graduation is now absent from first year students.

    Additionally, students who aren’t paying for their tuition aren’t necessarily there for the purpose of learning. They’re there for social reasons, obligation and out of a lack of direction. They learn how to pass their courses, but that doesn’t mean they’re educated in the topic.

    For many students, they’re learning, sure! But learning what? How to have a good time. How to cram all night right before a test. How to tell the teacher what they want to hear. How to make their 12 page paper take up 15 pages.

    In our experience, just because they’re spending more time at school does not mean they’re getting more educated.

  3. Beth Hynes on November 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    “Yet young adults today become anxious over the smallest of difficulties.”
    What small difficulties are we talking about, exactly? I’d be wary of assuming that the reason why so many young folks struggle with depression-like symptoms and anxiety is because they can’t handle the little problems in their lives. When you consider the uncertain and incredibly competitive job market (in which short-term contract works abounds, which I think is a major factor when talking about why millennials change jobs so much. Who lands a long-term, salaried-with-benefits job out of university, anyway?), enormous student debt, difficulty in finding meaningful, secure friendships or romantic relationships, and the pressure to present yourself as if you have it all together, I think that many millenials are anxious because they’re at a very frightening, uncertain stage of life in which they don’t know what is going to happen with their jobs, romantic lives, or debts.

    • Tim Elmore on May 23, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Beth–I think you’re spot on. Our world presents a very scary reality for Millennials to graduate into, no doubt about it. However, I am referring to the multiple responses I get from faculty, coaches and employers that say young adults are often unable to navigate even small hardships. I think they face and fear both large and small adversity today. However, nationwide, my numbers show we (adults) have not prepared them to cope or become resilient in tough times and it has been a cause for depression. Perhaps it’s the overload of information on top of everything else—but measurable symptoms of depression surface even in relatively minor challenges.

  4. Quentin Hack on June 23, 2016 at 7:14 am

    As a parent of 4 Millennials as you called them, I would say that your article while aptly described them, seem at the same time want to appease them. My own conviction is that most of what they wanted is idealistic. In a fallen world, we can only embrace the one who can save it, the Lord himself. Unless the millennials wake up and smell the roses, realise that “he who pays the piper calls the tune”, the majority of them are going to grow old and disappointed.
    In my family of 4 children, 2 are married and 3 have graduated. The last one has her head screwed in properly and sets goals and go for it. My eldest has changed jobs 3 times in his career but while I can’t confirm why he left, I deduced from his character and his Wife’s comment that he has an attitude problem with working on things that he needs to do but doesn’t like. The bible tells us that those who are faithful in the little things will be given more. So his attitude needs to change and must overcome to succeed.
    Again, I have another Son who lives at home and didn’t get his diploma. He has the same weakness as his Brother that caused him to fail in two attempts on his diploma. We supported him financially but he couldn’t get over the need to take and pass exams versus his dislike for them. These are weaknesses in character.
    I blame the school system and the Psychologists that put these idealistic notion in their head – “do what you like or where your passion is”. Frankly, that only avails itself to the minority. There is only 1 Bill Gates and 1 Steve Jobs. They also are terribly hardworking and determine. The rest of us who don’t have that tenacity have to support our family and commit to supporting them in the long term. If anything, commitment is probably the key to changing the millennials.

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