George Barna's well-known research group has conducted nationwide surveys and close up interviews with teens for several years. From these he draws a snapshot of what the current teenagers are thinking and where they are headed.
Barna says a transition to a new group happens every 15 to 20 years. Mosaics are the youngest of five such named generations. We've got Seniors (born 1926 or earlier), Builders (1927-1945), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Baby Busters (1965-1983) and now the Mosaics (1984-2002). Enough time has passed so the nature of this group can be identified.
By the way, he suggests forgetting the media's names for our current teens, Gen X or Y, because young people hate being labeled like robots. Barna prefers Mosaics because of their eclectic lifestyles and activities, their non-linear thinking, more fluid relationships, cut-and-paste core values, internet focus, and blend of customized multiple-faith views and practices.
Sharing glimpses of their survey results, Barna explains them in a narrative interpretation that makes it easier for youth workers, parents, and others to get a handle on relating effectively to Mosaics.
Recently I started teaching a high school class of teens in Sunday School. Although I'd taught some of these students five years ago in a Junior class, I've been going through a bit of culture shock as I get to know them all over again. This book is exactly what I needed! It'll be a reference book for a while to come.