For the first time, Millennials (those between 19 and 35 years old as of this year) surpassed the Gen-Xers (people between 36 and 51) as the largest employed group in the U.S., according to a report by Pew Research (“Labor Force by Generation analysis”).
Millennials have been raised in the digital era. They were weaned on the Internet, started using smartphones while still in school, were introduced to Facebook and Twitter in their teens, and are now the most digitally connected group in the world.
The nature of digital communication continues to evolve. More and more data is stored on an increasing array of storage devices and locations, and ever more varying forms, from social media postings to emoticons. While luddite legal professionals will continue to print out volumes of paper or review digitized paper equivalents on computers, these methods are reaching the breaking point. New workflows and systems are constantly being developed to meet the challenges arising from the changes in the way we communicate. The legal profession is undergoing an evolutionary change.
Growing up as “digital natives”, Millennials naturally look for technology to solve their problems. They, more than any other group, are uniquely suited to embrace the new technology-centered processes that the next decade will demand. In 2020 and beyond, the new kids on the block will be the ones soaring to greater heights in e-discovery and information management.