QUIZ: How much of a Gen Y are you?

By Patricia Hului


LAZY, DIFFICULT TO RETAIN, poor work ethics, unrealistic expectations, uncommitted, don’t handle criticism well; these are the general negative impressions about us, the Gen Y.

Generation Y, also known as the Millennials or Millennial Generation are the demographic cohort following Generation X.

There are several ranges of age this category falls into but it usually refers to those born between 1982 to the early 2000s.

We are also called ‘Generation Net’ since we are the first generation to be born during the age of the Internet.


We are the Generation Net; we are more tech-savvy and well-connected through online. We rely heavily on material things such as smartphones.

But here is the catch: most of the studies researching done are international papers based on the population in Western countries.

Even if there are studies based on Asian countries, China, South Korea and Japan are the usual choices of where the researches are done.

There are other variables such as socio-economic factors which should be taken into consideration because, let’s admit it, the living situation here in Malaysia can be different and unique from most countries.

It is normal to have four or five siblings here, unlike our fellow Asian countries such as China, South Korea and Japan where they are either restricted financially or legally from having more than 2 or 3.

Remember in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, when Sam pokes fun at former agent Sector 7 agent Simmons for still living with his mother?

While it’s considered a sign of weakness for a man to still be living with their parents in Western countries, here in Malaysia, it is the norm for us, even when we are in our 30s.
These are just some of the examples of how the Malaysia’s Gen Y might not totally conform to the Western’s presumptions of Gen Y’s mindset.

Nonetheless, it would be fun to know how much your character is identified with the rest of Gen Y out there.

Answer these questions to see how ‘Gen Y’ you are:

1. To you, one of the most enjoyable things in life is buying something new.
a. Agree
b. Neither agree or disagree
c. Disagree

2. When there is a new product in the market, you will be the first to buy it.
a. Yup
b. Depends on what item.
c. No

3. You are competitive. For you, competing with each other leads to better results than working together.
a. Yes, all the time
b. Sometimes, I think
c. Nahhh, let us work together!

4. You have a small social network of people from almost the same backgrounds.
a. I have a lot of friends from different backgrounds, so nope!
b. I think my social network is average; average number of friends from an average variety of backgrounds.
c. Yes, I prefer my crowd to be small and with like-minded people.

5. You love to surround yourself with things from different cultures.
a. Undeniably
b. I wouldn’t go and spend my time and money on them but a dose of foreign cultural education here and there won’t hurt.
c. How can we learn about other people cultures if little is known about our own?

6. Admit it, you love being noticed.
a. Yeah! Give me all the attention!
b. A little bit of attention does not hurt at all.
c. Please people, just ignore me.

7. From time to time you like to do things that are actually risky
a. Absolutely. You only live once right! YOLO!
b. If my friends are doing it, I’ll do it. But never on my own.
c. Nope.

8. I think dreams and fantasies are important motivators in my life.
a. Yes, they are very important for me.
b. I fantasise or daydream but just I don’t take them seriously.
c. Hello! Reality check! They are just dreams and fantasies, not motivators.

9. How important is art for you?
a. I breathe and live for the arts.
b. In my day job I am not doing something artsy-fartsy but I do appreciate good artwork or music.
c. Art is for hippies.

10. I feel that the future holds nothing for me.
a. Sometimes, yeah.
b. Crossed my mind once or twice.
c. Never felt that way.

The Results:

Mostly As

You are a typical generation Y. When it comes to work and finance, you are consumption-driven. You want the ‘in’ things in life.

You depict what the scholars thought of as a Gen Y’s mind-set.

Social media plays an important role in your life thus your social life is more diverse and wide.

You are more open-minded compared to older generations.

You are adventurous but less politically engaged.

You are more likely to job-hop throughout your career.

Art is important for you.

If you happen to be stuck in a long-term job, you are more likely to be unhappy with your work.

Mostly Bs

You embrace globalization and changes but at the same time you still uphold your personal values.

You work hard as much as you play hard.

You believe in work-life balance.

You want to live your life to the fullest but financial security and life stability are equally important.

You want a meaningful job that you can commit to.

Your loyalty is not cheap; you can be loyal to a company only if the company is committed to you first.

Mostly Cs

You are born in the wrong era. Your age puts you in the Generation Y pool, yet you have an old soul.

You do not conform to a typical Gen Y mindset.

You are more optimistic and a team player.

Your life decisions are mostly safe and predictable.

You are less likely to job hop and you prefer a job that assure your security for the rest of your life.

As Jean Twenge, a psychology professor from San Diego State University said about Generation Y, “You are entering a world in which college/university admissions are increasingly competitive, good jobs are hard to find and harder to keep, and basic necessities like housing and healthcare have skyrocketed in price. This is a time of soaring expectations and crushing realities. The gap between what you have and what you want has never been greater.”

Regardless of whether you conform to the Western concept of a generation Y mindset, it seems that Gen Ys around the world still face the same challenges.

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