In the spirit of the upcoming Fourth of July, MTV took a look at patriotism among young people in its brand new research study, “Millennials & #Merica.” The results tell us a positive story, with an overwhelming 86 percent stating they are “proud to be American” and 8 in 10 agreeing they are “inspired by America.” The research also uncovered a significant shift by young people away from the traditional concept of unquestioning patriotism to a more balanced definition of what it means to be an “American” today – proud of country but highly attuned to its strengths and weaknesses.
The findings contrast with a recent Pew Study that cited Millennials as the least patriotic generation in U.S. history.
“Millennials are as loyal to America as any generation. But they are redefining patriotism as an active commitment, rather than an unquestioned obligation,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “In our global era where young people have witnessed peers around the world face oppression for speaking out, American Millennials are asserting their beliefs through the fundamentally American acts of questioning, challenging and, ultimately, trying to make this country better.”
Head here for the full press release… and have a fun and safe holiday weekend!