Get to know the Generations…

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It’s confusing right? Who is from what generations.

It seems like for the longest time we heard ‘baby boomer’ this, ‘baby boomer that’. I think it was around 1988 that I realized that we were not the only generation out there. There were other generations before us and more coming after.

Depending on who you ask, and there are variations, the dates of generations can vary and the names can differ. So, the whole generation thing seems to be less scientific than we expect it to be.

Defining generations seems to focus around monumental events such as wars. At least until we hit X,Y,and Z. Their defining factors seem to have something more to do with their values such as education.

Get to know the Generations…

The Lost Generation- 1883-1900

They fought in WWI

GI Generation(Brokaw’s Greatest)-1901-24-

They fought in WWII

Silent Generation (Lucky Few)- 1925-45

Korean and Vietnam war

Baby Boomers- 1946-64

There has been more written about this generation than any other. It could be because our generation spans nearly 20 years or it could be because we are not only doing the writing, we are self-absorbed as a generation. In our generation we have need more progress, advancements, and news than any other generation.
We are the ones rejecting, questioning, and protesting. We are the self absorbed generation and we are the money makers as far as generations go.

Generation X- born 1965-76

An over-all more educated generation. They grew up with a middle class family frame of mind. I guess they rejected our generation rejecting most everything with values.

Generation Y (millennials) born between 1977-2000

They are surprising us old people (these are our kids…) with their ‘civic’ mindset. They are also the ones with the student debt, the under employed, and taking their time to move out, get married etc. We know these kids well don’t we? Perhaps our kids have observed our generation more than we think they have.

Generation z
The present day generation. There is not much to say about them.

So now you know everything you think you need to know for that next family dinner get-together.

Five things I have learned about baby boomers

It’s like we are part of a secret club made up of the largest demographic around.

 

If you were born postwar, 1946 – 1964, then you know what I mean.

I us to think everyone was talking about our demographic until I found out that, as a baby boomer, my reality is the thought that everything is rotating around me. It is true that no other demographic has been talked about as much as ours but, consider this, we were brought into this world during an era that had not been paralleled.

 

We brought on the middle class, equal rights, major changes in technology and inventions such as air conditioning. We are living longer than our parents and doing it while we are taking on our parents and out children. No wonder why we believe that the world is rotating around us.

Five things I heave learned about baby boomers

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1.  With nearly 80 million of us, we do have some buying power.

So why does it seem as if the advertising and the malls are geared towards our children?

2. We are the ones who seem to always question everything.

It all started with the Viet Nam draft. Look where questioning wars got us.

3. We love to spend our money.

That could have something to do with our depression era parents saving their money just in case the depression ever returned. This meant that we had few cool things growing up and possibly inherited a bit of cash to blow.

4. We are the caregivers.

We are taking care of that aging ‘greatest generation’ as they age past their parents’ as well as our children as they live at home longer than ever before.

 5. We’ve witnessed more society-changing events than any other generation before us.

Think about it. The list is long. In our lifetimes we’ve seen;

  • the first television
  • the civil rights movement
  • the first man walking on the moon
  • equal rights
  • war/peace
  • the growth of the middle class and suburbia
  • cell phones
  • the internet

 

You have to wonder what else we will learn about ourselves.