Tom I see that chip on your shoulder is growing by the day. You must be standing in some good fertilizer !!
Or I could simply be right.
Hell, the boomer thing was the subject of sitcoms 30 years ago (kids dealing with their hopeless boomer parents), and I teach millennials and thats pretty much all they do. I though we xers were shiftless, ignorant layabouts until they turned up. When your plane crashes because the traffic controller was posting a picture of his sandwich on Instagram, you can mull that on over.
Cute, but not quite right as the generations do not fit into such neat decade groups.
THe baby boom started after WWII, and its impetus was to relace the dead generation at the same time as produce another. If we take that as a 1944 start, and accept that that generation regarded marriage at 21 and chidren at 23 as the norm, the BB generation lasted until about 1965.
Gen X was born to the BBs, and managed to hold off having children, on average, until they were/are in their late 20s – early 30s, so that’s a life-span of 1965-1990.
The next generation, the so-called Gen-Y is still being born now to people who are in their late 30s and determined to limit the number of children to immediate replacement of themselves, without taking into account the many who will not self-replace.
The reality is that none of these “defining years” actually make a decent definition, but communications technology does! :-
If you didn’t have a TV or Telephone before you were in secondary school, you can be classed a boomer.
If, when you started school, you had a TV in every bedroom you’re probably a gen-x
If, when you started school, you had a TV in every bedroom, three extension phones, your parents had a mobile-phone, you had access to a gameboy and there was a computer in the house you’re probably a gen-y
If, when you started school, you have a mobile phone for every member of your family over 12 YOA, you know how to operate the TV and everything connected to it, have at least one internet password you can used for games or communications and don’t understand terms like dial-tone, are-you-there, turn over the chanel, hang-up the phone, nuke the food, etc., mean – you’re probably one of my grandchildren!
I thought the Baby Boomer anthem was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” (how the dream went sour in the 60s and 70s). For Gen X it would be Prince’s “1999″ (The world is going to end soon, so lets party). For Millennials I’m thinking Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is actually the right song – everything you do has to be cool.
The Baby Boom is generally defined as 1946 to 1964, based on a start after WWII and ending with a sudden, sharp drop in the birth rate in 1965. Generation X is defined as a period from 1965 to about 1980, ending with a sharp increase in the birth numbers and cultural focus on raising children coinciding with the move to more liberal economic policies in the US/UK and NZ. Generation Y (Millenials) is generally given a start date between 1979 and 1983. There is a lot of variation on the end date for Gen Y, ranging from 1995 to 2002. The core of Gen Y cannot recall the Cold War and had 9/11 as a defining event in their childhood or adolesence. I was born in the mid-80s and I grew up with PCs in the house, multiple TVs, my dad had a cell phone, I got a Playstation when I was 10 and the internet the same year. The name Millenials was coined by a sociologist who defined the generation as beginning in 1982 and thus finishing high school in 2000 and onward, the first generation to come of age in the new millenium.
The way I think of it, Gen X got the internet as adults or late teens at youngest, while Gen Y watched the digital age launch during our childhood and the next generation has been born with it already existing. And I certainly don’t think Gen Y deserve the reputation they seem to be getting. The older generation always thinks the younger is worse, stupider etc.