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Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X, is the generation born
after the Western post...World War II baby boom ended. While there is no
universally agreed upon time frame, the term generally includes people
born in the 1960s and '70s, ending in the late 1970s to early '80s,
usually not later than 1982. The term had also been used in different
times and places for various different subcultures or countercultures
since the 1950s.
Y, also known as the Millennial Generation (or Millennials),Generation
Next, Net Generation,Echo Boomers, describes the demographic cohort
following Generation X. As there are no precise dates for when the
Millennial generation starts and ends, commentators have used birth
dates ranging somewhere from the mid-1970s to the early 2000s. Members
of this generation are called Echo Boomers, due to the significant
increase in birth rates through the 1980s and into the 1990s, and
because many of them are children of baby boomers. The 20th century
trend toward smaller families in developed countries continued,however,
so the relative impact of the "baby boom echo" was generally less
pronounced than the original boom.
Characteristics of the
generation vary by region, depending on social and economic conditions.
However, it is generally marked by an increased use and familiarity with
communications, media, and digital technologies. In most parts of the
world its upbringing was marked by an increase in a neoliberal approach
to politics and economics.The effects of this environment are disputed.
differ on the actual start date of Generation Y. Some sources use
starting dates as early as 1976. Other sources use 1978, 1980, or 1982.
And while 1982 is a fairly common start date, some sources use even
later dates.Sources citing 1982 mark the end the generation either in
the mid-1990s or the early 2000s, with 1982-1995 and 1982-2000 as common
ranges.Today, there are approximately 80 million Echo Boomers.
This generation is also sometimes referred to as the Boomerang Generation or Peter Pan Generation,
because of the members' perceived penchant for delaying some rites of
passage into adulthood, longer periods than most generations before
them. These labels were also a reference to a trend toward members
living with their parents for longer than previous generations.
primary cause of this increased trend can be defined in economic
terms.Economic crises, including the dot-com bubble in 2000, and the
United States housing bubble that led to the current financial crisis
have made paying market-level rent, or any rent, difficult for a
generation riddled with high unemployment levels.
economics is not the only explanation. Questions regarding a clear
definition of what it means to be an adult also impacts a debate about
delayed transitions into adulthood. For instance, one study by
professors at Brigham Young University found that college students are
more likely now to define "adult" based on certain personal abilities
and characteristics rather than more traditional "rite of passage"
events.Dr. Larry Nelson, one of the three Marriage, Family, and Human
Development professors to perform the study, also noted that some
Millennials are delaying the transition from childhood to adulthood as a
response to mistakes made by their parents. "In prior generations, you
get married and you start a career and you do that immediately. What
young people today are seeing is that approach has led to divorces, to
people unhappy with their careers ... The majority want to get married
[...] they just want to do it right the first time, the same thing with
Pairing with the economic situation which
Generation Y is starting up in, jobs are simply taken by the Baby
Boomers and Generation X. The need to keep working and the aging
work-force keep members of Generation Y less employed than any other
generation before them. This is not due to a lack of seizing the rites
of passage, as they are more educated than most that came before them.
Generation Z or "Net Generation" is a common name for the generation of people born between the early 1990s and the early 2000s.
the most recent generation, the earliest birth year commonly noted is
1991. Generally speaking, these people are born after the fall of the
Soviet Union and the dawn of the World Wide Web. More generally, some of
the oldest members of this generation were born at the end of the "Echo
Boom", which ended during the time of the Gulf War, while the youngest
of the generation were born during a baby boomlet around the time of the
Global financial crisis of the late 2000s decade, ending around the
year 2010, with the next unnamed generation succeeding.
of Generation Z are typically the children of Generation X; their
parents may also include the youngest Baby Boomers as well as older
members of Generation Y.
Edited by iheartChai - 09 May 2011 at 8:22pm