My brother-in-law was here this past week and he got to talking about the generations. Apparently he had heard a talk recently where they described the different generations from the Traditionalists to the Baby Boomers to Generation X (Baby Busters) to the Millennials (or Generation Y). This is some of the info he passed on to me.
I know there are books about this, but I haven't read any. However, it is interesting. Since we were born in the summer of 1945, DH and I actually fall right between the Traditionalists and the Baby Boomers. And as we were infants in 1945, we consider ourselves Baby Boomers since we really grew up during that period... (1946 - 1964) graduating from high school and starting college in 1963-64.
The following information shows the events and experiences that formed these groups... as well as the characteristics that became a part of each.
I found it interesting reading. Thought you might also.
Pay With Cash
Face to Face
Duty Before Pleasure
Characteristics of Baby Boomers: (1946 - 1964)
For DH and myself (Baby Boomers), growing up in the South (New Orleans) civil rights was a prominent issue. I remember the Beatles (although personally I was more an Elvis fan), duck and cover practiced in the classroom, the space program, and the assassination of Kennedy.
We believed in a healthy work ethic, remember the first TV's, and believed that life was an adventure (still do).
Our kids (Gen X) experienced dessert storm and grew up with technology.They all went to college, and achieved on their own terms.
Now our grandkids (Millennials) experienced the bombings, shootings, and 9/11. They are pampered, definitely 'connected', and tech savy (digital natives).
It's 2015 now and the next generation (2001 - ?) is here... and on their way to adulthood. What experiences and characteristics will they hold. Technology is continuing to explode. Communication is all powerful. School shootings, ISIS, and climate change seem to take top news these days. How will history document this generation? I wonder...