In social networks it is common to find references to the generations of users —either in memes or even insults— with terms such as “millennials”, “generation Z” or “baby boomers”. And it is that each one has a label and a series of stereotypical qualities that are attributed to them.
At some point, baby boomers called millennials the “glass generation” for being more aware of social issues. But now Gen Z says millennials have some attitudes that make them look “old,” like wearing the laughing emoji.
Concepts related to generations can be confusing, so there are people who use the terms incorrectly and spread misconceptions, sometimes without even knowing it. That is why we seek to clarify what defines each generation, so you can identify which one you belong to.
The Pew Research Center describes generation Z as “postmillennials” and established that it encompasses those born between 1997 and 2012; that is the most accepted concept in general.
Gen Z was born in a time of rapid digital growth, in which access to information was immediate and social networks became increasingly ubiquitous. That is why they lean towards technology and are able to understand it more easily.
They are also said to be a very politicized generation, like Greta Thunberg, who is constantly challenging world leaders to take action on the climate crisis. They are also more aware of the importance of mental health.
On the other hand, much of Gen Z grew up watching their parents take huge financial hits during the Great Recession, between 2007 and 2009. For that reason, they are driven by pragmatism and financial security.
Additionally, the backdrop for many of Gen Z’s early years included the country’s first African-American president and the legalization of gay marriage. That is why sexual and racial diversity is, in general, something typical of this generation.
There are people who call all young people “millennials”, but in reality, this label applies to people who were born between 1981 and 1996. Also, the technical name is “generation Y”, since its place is after Generation X and before Generation Z.
Millennials have transitioned to a digital world, so like Gen Z, they are adept at using technology and social media.
On the other hand, they have made clear their disappointment with how previous generations handled some problems such as the housing crisis or the climate crisis, that is why they are not afraid to speak out, push for changes and try to improve the world in some way.
They also care about issues like bullying, discrimination, mental health, sustainability, animal welfare, and political issues. It is also often said that ended some old habitslike the places whose waitresses serve with scant clothes, Hooters style.
It has been established that Gen Xers are those born between 1965 and 1980. They are like the meat in a Boomer-Millennial sandwich, having the ability to balance a strong work ethic with a laid-back attitude.
The typical family began to look a little different when Generation X arrived: there were more working mothers and higher divorce rates, which impacted children. That is why many adopted a more rebellious attitude.
Likewise, this generation prevailed against the excessive and flashy eighties outfits and opted for “anti-fashion” garments: flannel shirts, Dr. Martens boots and baggy sweaters. He is also associated with the conception of musical genres such as indie rock, grunge and techno.
The term “Generation X” was popularized in Douglas Coupland’s book called Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culturereleased in 1991.
The term “baby boomers” refers to the drastic increase in birth rates that occurred after the end of World War II. The phenomenon was described as a “boom” (boom) by American writer Sylvia Porter in a 1951 column of the new york post.
In the 1980 book, Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generationauthor Landon Jones states that baby boomers were born between 1943 and 1960. However, the Pew Research Center differs slightly, setting the range between 1946 and 1964.
As this generation grew older, the value of spending time with family and friends was increasingly thought of. This belief was due in part to economic growth and increased labor laws, which led to more free time.
During their childhood, the baby boomers they witnessed the Korean War and the rise in tension in Vietnam. That’s why, as adults, many served their country in the Vietnam War, while others participated in anti-war movements. In fact, they grew during the height of the civil rights movement.
On the other hand, this generation has a preference for structure and discipline, and is less inclined to welcome change, and is considerate as the least tech-savvy of all generations. They are also competitive, so they need recognition and rewards to keep them motivated.
the silent generation
People who are part of the Silent Generation are said to have been born in the mid to late 1920s to early to mid 1940s.
However, more specifically, the report called Cross Countries: International Comparisons of International Trends, published by the Resolution Foundation, states that members of the silent generation were born between 1926 and 1945.
Members of this generation began their lives in some of the most difficult conditions, including the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl (a period of severe dust storms), and economic and political uncertainty. This led them to adopt a cautious and conscientious behavior.
On the other hand, they are called the “silent generation” because of the belief that those born in that era were taught to remain silent and not give their opinion on current issues. But the truth is that they had an important role in the civil rights movement. Some notable people who belong to the silent generation are Martin Luther King Jr., Bernie Sanders, Che Guevara, and Malcolm X.