Generation Name
with variants
Dates Description
G.I. Generation,
Interbellum Generation
Born 1901 to 1924 Also known as "The Greatest Generation, " they conquered half the planet when young but couldn't conquer their own kids when they got older. These days they can be found living in sparkling "seniors only" communities, telling awesome war stories, and appearing in Viagra commercials. Sample living members: Gerald Ford, Betty White, Charlton Heston.
Silent Generation: Born 1925 to 1945 The Silent are the generational stuffings of a sandwich between the get-it-done but narcissistic G.I.s and the vocal but self-absorbed Boomers. Well into their rising adulthood, they looked to the G.I.s for role models and pursued what then looked to be a lifetime of refining, humanizing, and ameliorating a G.I.-built world. Come the mid-1960s, the Silent fell under the trance of their free-spirited next-juniors, the Boomers. As songwriters, graduate students, and young attorneys, they mentored the Consciousness Revolution, founding several of the organizations of political dissent the Boom would later radicalize. The Silent grew up as the suffocated children of war and depression. They came of age too late to be war heroes (they fought the Korean conflict to a tie) and just too early to be youthful free spirits.
Baby Boomers,
Cold War Generation
Born 1946 to 1963 A baby boomer is someone born in a period of increased birth rates, such as those during the economic prosperity that in many countries followed World War II. In the United States, demographers have put the generation's birth years at 1946 to 1964, despite the fact that the U.S. birth rate actually began to decline after 1957. William Strauss and Neil Howe, in their book Generations include those conceived by soldiers on leave during the war, putting the generation's birth years at 1943 to 1960. Howe and Strauss argue that persons born between 1961 and 1964 have political and cultural patterns very different from those born between 1955 and 1960 and fit into what those writers term the Thirteenth Generation or Generation X (also known as the Cold War generation) born between 1961 and 1981. By the middle of the first decade of the new millennium, the oldest Boomers are approaching retirement age. The younger members of the generation are still in their forties, and many have yet to "leave their mark upon history," a desire that drives most members of this generation. Patterns of history for Idealist generations suggest that Boomers will have a long tenure of political office and cultural influence, as was true for the Awakeners of Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams, the Transcendentals of Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman, and the Missionaries of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and George Catlett Marshall. Strauss and Howe's posited patterns of history indicate that Boomers will occupy the upper echelons of worldly power through a likely Crisis Era that will not end until about 2020. The best Idealist leaders demonstrate vision, decisiveness, and culture that allows them to lead in the best manner in the worst of times.
X
Post-Busters,
13th Generation
Born 1964 to 1981 It is mostly related to the Western culture and demography and generally refers to persons born in the late 1960s and 1970s, although the exact dates of birth defining this age demographic are highly debated. Born after baby boomers, it has also been described as a generation consisting of those people whose "teen years touched the 1980s", though many people that are considered part of the generation had their teenage years during the 1990s. In America during the 1960s and 1970s, the Civil Rights Movement and the non-conformist youth culture (hippies, etc) of that time defined the name and characteristics of Generation X. First, American civil rights activist Malcolm X changed his last name from 'Little' to 'X' . The letter 'X' became known as a symbol of defiance and rebellion to the societal issues that existed in the USA during the 1960s. Furthermore, the youth culture of the 1960s and 1970s developed a huge defiance against many of the political issues that existed during this time, such as segregation, the Vietnam War, and racism. The harassments experienced by certain social minorities became burning issues: sexual discrimination and homophobia got more attention, which resulted in the emergence of the feminist movement and gay rights. In 1992, a biographical film was made of Malcolm X's life. And, again the 'X' re-emerged to become a symbol of defiance to the societal/political issues that faced the USA during that time: high unemployment, high crime rates, homelessness, poverty, racism, womans rights, gay rights, workers rights, etc.
Y (Why)
Echo Boomers,
Byte Block,
Internet Generation,
dot.com,
Millennial Generation
Born 1981 to 1990 Perhaps the best way to define the boundaries of this and other generations in the United States is by considering dominant national events. Events that shape national identity, although not completely explicative of all personality traits, may nonetheless shed light on broad characteristics in any given generation. As such, national events proposed as boundaries for Generation Y include: the Challenger explosion (most members of this generation did not witness the tragedy in schools, were not aware it had happened, or were not born yet, in contrast to members of Generation X, who watched the takeoff—and the explosion—in the classroom) as a way of determining Generation X'ers from Y'ers. On the other end of the spectrum, the date of the September 11th attacks is an often proposed end-point for the generation. Those that were not yet born in 2001 and those that were otherwise too young to remember and/or understand what occurred on that infamous day (about 1997 up) would thus be grouped into Generation Z. Meanwhile, people who were still in school (or had recently graduated) would be called Generation Y. Such propositions, of course, remain disputed. Gulf War II may in fact become the war that defines Gen Y. A contrast to this opinion is that the current conflicts involving Generation Y may end up mimicking the Vietnam War, which greatly impacted both the Silents and Baby Boomers, corresponding with generational and ideological divides over the war. One major difference, however, is that all servicemen and women currently deployed in Afghanistan or Iraq are volunteers, as opposed to the Vietnam War where many young Americans were draftees.
Z
Fat
Born 2004 to 2025 This name is somewhat controversial as this generation is still too young to have exhibited any common characteristics or to have lived through any common experiences that could be the basis for a generational name or identity.