[Este artículo se publicó originalmente en septiembre de 2020].
Millennialgeneration Z, baby boomers…Nowadays, each generation has a defining label and a set of stereotypical attributes attributed to it.
While the baby boomers ever criticized the millennials for buying too many avocados, now Generation Z says that millennials They do many things that make them look “old.”
That said, the millennials They have also expressed their own criticisms. For example, they have made clear their disappointment in how previous generations handled some problems such as the housing crisis or the climate crisis.
Despite the strong opinions that prevail between age groups, there is often a lot of confusion regarding the generational classification that everyone falls into.
So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the different generations and which one you can claim as your own.
The most accepted idea is that generation Z includes those born between 1997 and 2012.
A report published by the Pew Research Center described this particular generation as the “post-millennials” and stated that those who fall into this category were born from 1997 onwards.
Generation Z is considered to be very inclined to understand technology, given that it was born in a time of rapid digital growth.
They are believed to be a highly politicized generation, with people like Greta Thunberg challenging world leaders to take action to help stop the climate crisis.
The younger generation is also making waves in the music industry, and they have Olivia Rodrigo as one of the best-selling artists of 2021 and Billie Eilish who took home seven Grammy Awards last year.
While many glibly describe all young people as millennialsthe term is actually understood to refer to people who were born between 1981 and 1996.
The more technical term for millennials It is “generation Y”, since they succeed generation X and precede generation Z.
Like members of Generation Z, millennials They define themselves as particularly skilled in the use of technology and social media platforms.
They are often criticized in the press, as some members of the generation are accused of “killing” a variety of things, such as beer, motorcycles and the notion of owning a home.
In August 2018, a report using United Nations data by Bloomberg found that millennials They could be outnumbered by Generation Z in the near future.
Members of Generation X are believed to be those born between 1965 and 1980.
The term “generation X” was popularized in the 1991 book Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Cultureby Douglas Coupland.
This generation is recognized as having the ability to balance a strong work ethic with a relaxed attitude, and is associated with the conception of musical genres such as punkhe indiehe grunge and the techno.
The term “baby boomers” refers to the drastic increase in birth rates that was observed after the end of World War II.
The intriguing phenomenon was described as a “boom” by American writer Sylvia Porter in a 1951 column in the New York Post.
In the 1980 book Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generationauthor Landon Jones states that the birth years of people in the generation baby boom They are between 1943 and 1960.
The definition of the baby boomers The Pew Research Center differs slightly, stating that they were born between 1946 and 1964.
Speaker and generational expert Dr. Alexis Abramson explains that baby boomers They are known for being confident, comfortable with administrative authority, and understanding the value of independence.
The silent generation
People who are part of the silent generation are characterized by being born between the mid-to-late 1920s and the early to mid-1940s.
A report published by the Resolution Foundation called Cross Countries: International Comparisons of International Trends states that members of the silent generation were born between 1926 and 1945.
They are called this because of the belief that those born during that era were taught to remain silent and not speak openly about their views on current affairs.
While this may be the case, they played an important role in the growth of the civil rights movement.
Some notable people who were born in this era include Martin Luther King Jr., Bernie Sanders, Fidel Castro, ‘Che’ Guevara and Malcolm X.