I don't understand Millennials.

For those unfamiliar with the term, you probably don't understand them either.

Don't feel bad.

The next batch of people are growing up between generational gaps that they themselves probably don't follow.

And that seems to work for them.

My son -- who turned 16 last December -- falls into this area, and completely out of anything that seems logical. A few observances, both from the Norwood household and beyond.

• Transportation is optional. At least, your own transportation.

According to a 2016 USA TODAY story, "just over three in four people ages 20 to 24 in 2014 possessed a driver's license." That number, the agency reported, "represented a sharp decline from 79.7 percent in 2011, 82 percent in 2008 and 91.8 percent in 1983."

My son is among them. Six months into driving eligibility and he's logged about 10 percent of the hours required by Kentucky to gain his license. There's no shortage of similar stories as Millennials seem happy to wait for rides, dial a Lyft in more urban areas or just sit at home.

• They don't always know what's going on, but they will believe the source.

I noticed this occurrence more last year after Lyon County was seemingly set upon by a terrorist group training for ... something. What group that was varied, from ISIS to al-Qaeda. But the stories all maintained that there was a compound of Middle Eastern men firing assault rifles daily.

The Herald Ledger investigated, along with other area news agencies. The reports were as real as a unicorn with a peanut butter horn. Hoping to dispel the rumors, staff attempted to use social media to clarify what was going on.

The results?

Persistent posters certain of the information they had been told. The logic seems to follow that other people couldn't be misinformed because ... well... there really wasn't a reason. So-and-so had heard it from someone, and that was good enough.

• They spend more to make less.

There may not have been a more previous generation more in debt than Millennials. From student loan expenses to the likelihood of credit card use to the giant burden current elected officials are piling on them, Millennials are loading up on debt.

And it doesn't look good for their ability to pay it off.

According to a USA TODAY report from earlier this year, "41 percent of young families had a student debt in 2013, up from 17 percent in 1989 and the amount owed on those loans has almost tripled."

But it isn't that they aren't trying to work. According to U.S. Census Bureau numbers, less than 20 percent of able-bodied Millennials aren't working. The overwhelming majority are trying, they're just being failed by those who have set up the system before them.

Hopefully, the next generation will be smart enough to change course for whatever comes after.

They'll just might have to have a lift to do it.

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