Saturday, December 6, 2014

Generalizing Generations

P.J. O'Rourke's book detailing the "Baby Boomers" in excruciating detail made me wonder about this generational thing.  I have a vague idea of what the Greatest Generation had been up to, but who are these Generation Z or Generation Y people?  And who chooses these names?

One Website remarked in passing that there are six different living generations existing today.

Apparently this rage for nomenclature began with the Lost Generation whose members were born between 1882 to 1900.  In a vivid reverse of Lost comes the Greatest Generation from 1901 to 1924.  From Lost to Greatest in one generation is quite a jump...

1900 to 1925 - the GI Generation (for fighting in WWs 1 and 2)
1925 to 1945 - the Silent Generation (I'm in this class and am rarely silent)
1946 to 1964 - the Baby Boomers (my sister)
1965 to 1979 - Generation X
1980 to 2001 - Generation Z
2002 to the present time - the New Silent Generation

For a detailed explanation of all of the above, take a look at   Maybe they know who is responsible for what the name will be and when that particular generation will begin and end.  Will have to dig deeper....

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