Like many of their more senior counterparts, young Americans spend a ton of time on the Internet and on Web-enabled devices. Deservedly or not, that's led to the impression that Millennials just wouldn't be able to survive in a land of card catalogs and encyclopedias.
But new data from the Pew Research Center suggests that the younger set actually has a healthy appreciation for the analog — surprisingly, even more so than their curmudgeonly parents. According to Pew, 62 percent of the under-30 set believes there's "a lot of useful, important information that is not on the Internet."
Don't roll your eyes. It's an obvious sounding statement — think of all that wisdom and knowledge that comes from life experience! — but when Pew surveyed older Americans, just 53 percent said the same thing. Did you hear that, mom and dad? More Millennials believe in offline learning than the generations that invented the Internet.
That's not all. More young adults report having read a book in the past year compared to older Americans, by a nearly 10 percentage-point margin. Although it's possible that many youngsters are reading because they're in school — and don't have to, you know, work at a job — these numbers push back against worries that they're wasting all their time on Facebook.