Two in three millennials don’t feel like they belong to their local community, according to new research.
A new study of 1,000 millennials and 1,000 non-millennials explored the notion of community and what it means, and found that 64 percent of the younger generation feel disconnected from their community.
Why? Mostly because they don’t have the time. According to the results, millennials were nearly twice as likely to say they didn’t have enough free time to participate in their community compared to non-millennials (51 percent vs. 33 percent).
One in five (22 percent) said they don’t participate because they aren’t friends with anyone in their neighborhood, and 27 percent said they simply don’t know how.
Modal TriggerAn infographic showing millennials feelings about the communities they live in.
The new survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of community investment platform CNote, also found that being disconnected from the local community can lead to feelings of loneliness.
Over half of the millennials (57 percent) that reported feeling estranged from their local community said they’ve also experienced feelings of loneliness as a result.
But it’s not like the younger generation purposefully disregards their community because, according to the results, most of them would like to be more active locally.
In fact, 69 percent of millennials reported they wish they participated more in their community, compared to 54 percent of non-millennials, so it appears the younger generation is more actively seeking a community connection.
But while they don’t always participate in their local community, millennials are a lot more likely than non-millennials to have an online community they’re involved in.
Our notion of what a community means is evolving with the connectedness technology brings, but people are still looking for authentic ways to feel connected and positively impact the lives of others.
In fact, nearly half of millennials (43 percent) who have an online community say they feel more strongly connected to that than to any offline community, whether it be a Facebook group, online forum or a group chat. That’s in stark contrast to older generations where only 26 percent of respondents felt more strongly connected to an online community.
Growing up with the internet and social media can also shape how you view communities, with 34 percent of millennials finding an online community to be more convenient, and one in four (26 percent) simply feeling more comfortable communicating online.
Top 12 qualities of a good community
Safe area to live — 75 percent
Friendly neighbors — 75 percent
Good schools — 74 percent
Good local businesses — 67 percent
Parks and gardens — 59 percent
A sense of acceptance and belonging — 56 percent
Good roads — 50 percent
Churches — 43 percent
Community initiatives — 42 percent
Diversity — 39 percent
Coffee shops — 33 percent
Good bars — 19 percent
Top 10 ‘vital’ actions when participating in your local community
Be friendly with the neighbors — 69 percent
Support local businesses — 54 percent
Not causing any trouble — 50 percent
Volunteer/donate to charity — 44 percent
Regularly help someone/some people out — 44 percent
Be involved in local projects/charities — 38 percent
Help the homeless — 34 percent
Volunteer at schools/clubs/residential homes etc. — 32 percent
Be part of the neighborhood watch — 29 percent
Coach/sponsor a local youth sports team — 13 percent
Link: NY Post