Kevin Lin, winner of the 2017 Statistical Excellence Award for Early-Career Writing, explores political engagement via the social media site Reddit in the years leading up to the election of President Donald Trump.
Hardly a day goes by without reporters making generalisations about the behaviour of “millennials” in the United States – defined by the Pew Research Center as “the first generation to come of age in the new millennium”. As a millennial myself, I typically roll my eyes when I read how we are supposedly “too materialistic” or that we suffer from “short attention spans”. But then a new article piqued my curiosity. The piece, published in May last year by Rolling Stone, argued that young people were having a profound effect on the 2016 presidential election “from the outside, as activists; from the inside, as essential parts of the campaign machinery; and as voters”.