Have you ever wondered about the differences between Millennials, post-Millennials, Generation X – and where you fit in these generations? Although these labels are often used to describe types of people, they refer to groups of individuals born in the same period of years. More so, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z labels summarize attitudes, lifestyles, trends, and historical events of significant cultural periods over the past century.
The first generation is Baby Boomers, individuals born between 1944 to 1964, from the ages of 55 to 75. Post-World War II, America’s new-found prosperity led to an increase in new-born children. Currently, there are 76 million boomers in the United States, which includes financial tycoons Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. The second cohort is Generation X, 39 to 53-year-olds born from 1964 to 1979. Generation X make up the older working-class families that experienced the post-Cold War struggle but emerged as the most financially-stable generation.
Millennials, or Generation Y, felt the great explosion of the internet and social media. For the 24 to 38-year-olds, born between 1980 to 1994, the introduction of innovative technology such as the smartphone exemplified the changing and innovative landscape of technology. When Generation Z members came along, technology was so integrated and available from 1995 to 2015 that it penetrated every stage of their lives. As the largest generation ever, post-millennials navigate the challenges of a hyper-connected world while learning from the mistakes of their Gen X parents. Overall, these generations continue to impact the ever-changing landscape of society uniquely.