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Even millennials think millennials are the worst

Millennials don't think much of their own generation.
Millennials don't think much of their own generation.
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Libby Nelson is Vox's policy editor, leading coverage of how government action and inaction shape American life. Libby has more than a decade of policy journalism experience, including at Inside Higher Ed and Politico. She joined Vox in 2014.

Most millennials don't want to be millennials, probably because they think millennials are terrible.

A new report from the Pew Research Center finds that only 40 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds describe themselves as millennials. (Another 33 percent are trying to sneak into Generation X, and 8 percent think they're baby boomers.)

(Pew Research Center)

And only 30 percent of millennials say the generational label fits them well. That could be because millennials don't think much of their own generation. Baby boomers and the "silent generation," people between age 70 and 87, describe people their own age in positive terms. They describe their own generations as "responsible" and "hardworking."

Far more millennials think their own generation is pretty awful:

(Pew Research Center)

No wonder they want nothing to do with the label.