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.
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.