What generation is next?
Boomers think anyone younger than them is a Millennial, and anyone under 35 seems to think that anyone OVER 35 is a “Boomer” – Wrong! But this chatter has been going on for generations!
Let’s break it down (an expression from Gen X) so you know just where you fall. And when your kids, parents, or grand parents speak, and use some lame – or cheugy (pronounced “chew-gee”) expression, you’ll know why, and what they mean.
There are actually Boomers I and Boomers II.
Boomers I were born between approximately 1946 – 1954. Boomers II were born between approximately 1955 – 1964. Boomers are broken into two different groups because the span is so large, and the oldest of the generation have different sensibilities than the younger. In the U.S., Boomers II, are just young enough to have missed being drafted into war.
Gen Z seems to think that Baby Boomers are just their out-of-touch grandparents, but they had a wild youth they often don’t talk about. Boomers are named as such, because after their parents came home from WWII, and the American population exploded. Baby Boomers defied their parents, protested the Vietnam War, and created the “Summer of Love.” (Look it up, kids)
Gen X’ers were born between approximately 1965-1980.
Some Gen X’ers say they are the bridge that connects all the generations before and after them. They are often dismissed as the” slacker” generation.
Generation X lived through the AIDS epidemic, MTV culture, and a shifting cultural landscape that gave rise to LGBTQ+ rights. Gen X parents were famously (or infamously) the first to use helicopter parenting styles. Unlike Boomer parents, who happily let their kids stay outside until the streetlights came on, Generation X parents had a tendency to be far more involved with their children’s social and educational development.
GENERATION Y ( or MILLENIALS):
Gen Y’ers were born between approximately 1981 – 1994.
Millennials lived through 9/11, remember when Amazon just sold books, and they’re the first generation to know a childhood both with and without the internet.
Boomers may accuse Millennials of being self-centered and entitled because of their excessive use of technology, Gen Y’ers are incredibly community-oriented and environmentally conscious – traits that are now being picked up by their children in the next generation.
GENERATION Z (or iGen):
Gen Z’ers were born between approximately 1995–2012. Who is Gen Z? They’re still “youngsters” and haven’t made their mark as a generation yet, but they will.
Gen Z kids are the first to be born into a world where they know nothing else besides being constantly connected to one another, through their phones, screens, tablets, and even their TV’s with gaming.
So who’s next? That would be the Alpha generation:
This will be the first generation that will never know a time when social media didn’t exist. They’ll be more technically savvy than any generation before them. Hopefully they will use this powerful tool to change humanity in positive ways!
Now a little help with that generational slang –
– Carla Rea