Thursday, June 11, 2009

I was having a discussion with a younger attorney today about the different generations...we did some research to aid in our discussion...I found this all very interesting...some of these I had never heard of...

  • Interbellum Generation - those born at the dawn of the 20th century. Grew up during the 1920s.
  • The Greatest Generation, the generation of veterans that fought and won World War II. Journalist Tom Brokaw dubbed this the Greatest Generation in a 1998 book of the same name.
  • The Silent Generation was the generation born between the two World Wars, who were too young to join the service when World War II started. Many had fathers who served in World War I.
  • The Baby Boom Generation was the generation born just after World War II, a time that included a 14-year increase in birthrate worldwide. Baby Boomers in their teenage and college years were characteristically part of the 1960s counterculture, but later became more ideologically divided, although the generation remained widely committed to keystone values such as gender equality, racial equality, and environmental stewardship.
  • Generation Jones was the generation of children in the 1960s, who came of age in the middle to late 1970s and early 1980s. The election of Barack Obama to the U.S. Presidency created significantly increased awareness of this generation as many prominent sources referred to Obama as specifically a member of Generation Jones.
  • Generation X is the generation connected to the pop culture of the 1980s and 1990s they grew up in. Other names used interchangeably with Generation X are Reagan Generation, 13th Generation, and Baby Busters. Most of this generation are children of The Baby Boomers and The Silent Generation. Those born before 1973 spent most of their teen years in the 1980s.The last of those in Generation X were born in 1981 and graduated high school in 1999.
  • The MTV Generation are typically conceived as a "cusp" generation between Generation X and Generation Y that possess definable traits of both. While the music video and MTV rose to prominence during this generation's formative period, it is also notable for being the last generation able to compare hardwired and analog technologies to wireless and digital technologies based upon personal experiences. They are also the generation with the last personal memories of the Cold War era.
  • The Generation Y, or the Millennials, are said to be dependent on digital technology. The start of this generation is marked by those born in 1982, or graduated high school in 2000.The end is far less clear, and can range anywhere from 1994 to 2003. It is in this generation that mobile phones, PCs and portable entertainment devices became affordable and readily available when the Gen Yers were in their teens or early 20s.
  • Generation Z are modern children, born from somewhere in the second half of the 1990s to the present. In the early to mid 2010s, the yet-to-exist generation after this will be born.

1 I dont hate comments!:

*Lisa* said...

I devoted a lot of my time and research to generations within society during my undergrad years and even now with my graduate studies. Facinating stuff!