Understanding the Religious and Spiritual Lives of Young People in America


5 Resources
Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation
This book provides background and context for why the millennial generation is characterized by burnout.
How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation
This widely-circulated Buzzfeed article describes burnout and the ever-present need to optimize life as the water in which millennials swim. Touching on several important social forces, it explains cultural challenges that must be reckoned with to support future generations.
iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood
This book focuses on young adults born from the mid-1990s on. It explores technology’ s impact on developmental growth and shares that generation’ s unique attitudes and beliefs.
Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution
This documentary demonstrates how mainstream hookup culture impacts relationships, sex, and the wellbeing of young adults. Heartbreaking and hard to watch at times, it documents identity development including spring break trips and party experiences. A highly important film, but viewers should be aware that it contains sensitive material primarily for mature audiences.
The Twenty-something Soul: Understanding the Religious and Secular Lives of American Young Adults
Through stories and interviews, this book provides a picture of young adults in America and their thoughts on religion.

About the Contributor

Michael Rotolo

Michael Rotolo is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on morality, religion, and politics, particularly among young adults and in the context of families. He is coauthor of Religious Parenting: Transmitting Faith and Values in Contemporary America, and his research has also been published in Sociology of Religion and Sociological Forum.

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