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Even though Millennials are the most socially savvy they happen to be lacking in the trust department. When asked the question, "Generally, speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can't be too careful in dealing with people," just 19% of Millennials say people can be trust,compared with 31% Gen Xers, 37% of Silents and 40% of Baby Boomers.
I see this with the high school students that I teach. Connected to their phones but seem, at times, disconnected from their social circles in reality. So it will be interesting to see how this study looks in 10 years.
Social media may be one factor that contributes to lack of trust (perhaps due to the ease of anonymity) but I wonder if our increasingly busy lifestyles contribute as well. It used to be that you knew all the neighbors on your block or in your building but we are more on the go than ever now, and may not take the time to build community relationships as much as we used to.
David, that is interesting and I myself would like to see how this study will look 10 years from now.
Kathleen, you make some great points. I do think that we could be said to have busier lifestyles. Also,with the busier lifestyles, there seems to be more pressure put on us; which also makes it hard for us to focus on building new relationships and establishing trust with a larger group of individuals.