What Generation Am I?

April 15, 2008 at 12:02 pm 16 comments

Most Gen X and younger are aware of their generational ‘title’. Gen X being the 1st to be named by Marketeers across the country looking to define this demographic.

Wikipedia Definition: Gen X

Generation X is a term used to describe generations in many countries around the world born from 1965 to around 1982.[1] The term has been used in demography, the social sciences, and marketing, though it is most often used in popular culture.”

Wikipedia Definition: Gen Y

Generation Y, also known as the ‘Millennial Generation’, refers to a specific cohort of individuals born from about 1980 through and including the year 1994. However this is disputed by demographers and varies across countries; so the years 1988-2008 is also somewhat widely used.[1] “Generation Y” alludes to a succession from Generation X, a term which was originally coined as a pejorative label by the Canadian fiction writer Douglas Coupland in 1991.[2] Generation Y are primarily children of the Baby boomers and Generation Jones (US only), though some are children of older Gen X adults.”

Meet the Millennials (Who are These People?) – FROM Association Meetings Article

“While the Silent Generation (ages 63 to 81) is still a vital force, baby boomers (ages 44 to 62) have been the lifeblood of associations for decades. Along comes Generation X (ages 27 to 43) — a smaller group (about 59 million compared to 80 million boomers) — and everything else being equal, the pool of potential conference attendees drops precipitously. That’s why the Millennials (ages 26 and under) — all 80 million of them — are vital for an association’s survival. And, like their parents, the boomers, they are prone to join, yet they are not afraid to blaze new trails if they are not getting what they want. In fact, they already are….”Complete Article


* The Lost Generation was a term originally used to identify a group of American literary expatriates living in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s; it is now used more generally to describe the generation of young people who came of age in the United States during and shortly after World War I.
* The Greatest Generation is the worldwide generation of Allies that served in World War II. This group overlaps with the G.I. Generation, the generation of veterans that fought and won World War II, later to become the Establishment, and the parents of children who would later become the Baby Boomers.
* The Silent Generation was the generation born between the two World Wars, who were too young to join the service when World War II started. Many had fathers who served in World War I. (1925-1945)
* (born 1944-1960) The Baby Boomers were the generation born just after World War II, a time that included a 14-year increase in birthrate worldwide. Baby Boomers in their teen and college years were characteristically part of the 1960s counterculture, but later became more conservative, eventually gave birth to Generations X and Y. Most academic and demographic literature uses 1946 and 1960 as the cutoff years of the Baby Boom generation.[1]
* Tweener, also known as Generation Jones, is the generation born between the Baby Boomers and Generation X. Tweeners are primarily the offspring of the Silent Generation; mostly they were children in the 1960s, and teens in the 1970s.
* (born 1960-1979) Generation X is the generation born between approximately 1964 to 1981. Other names used interchangeably with Generation X are 13th Generation and Baby Busters. Most of this generation are children of The Baby Boomers and The Silent Generation. They tended to grow up with video games and MTV, and those born before 1973 spent most of their teen years in the 1980s.[2]
* (born 1975-1986) XY Cusp, also known as the MTV Generation, was caught between the end of Generation X and start of Generation Y, mainly living out their childhood through the 80s and teen years in the mid-90s. This generation was influenced by the launch of MTV, and the popularization of Web technology after 1995. Their peak is usually given as (1975-1986). This is also sometimes referred to as the Boomerang Generation.
* (born 1980-2001) Generation Y, also known as the Echo Boom although Millennials is becoming the more common parlance for this generation. They grew up with many world-changing events including the rise of mass communication, the Internet, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Y Generation is known as a Culture War “battleground” with growing disagreements between conservative and progressive perspectives. 1981-2001 is the widest possible definition commonly cited, but generally speaking is the generation that was born in the 1980s.
* (after 1990) Generation Z, New Silent Generation or Homelander Generation is the youngest of generations thus far. These are the people that are born in the 1990s.
* (born after 1993) Generation I, is the generation born after the internet became mainstream (year 1993). This generation has also been referred to as “digital natives.”[3] as well as the “Net Generation.” They can come to be known as the Next-Net Generation or N2 Generation, having grown up in an era where the web/internet pervaded every aspect of their lives. These are generally the people that will be coming of age in the 2010s and the 2020s.


What ever generation you are we invite you to participate in THE SHIFT!

Jeanavive Marie Janssen – 415-254-0732 c.

Chair – IAEE Young Professionals http://www.ypiaee.com
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  • 1. Kathleen Molloy  |  April 17, 2008 at 3:19 am

    You belong to the new Golden Age. My dear friend coined the term yesterday when she explained to her now-adult children that despite what they have heard about the Golden Age being for old folks, they are currently (at 19 and 23) livining the Golden Age because every decade after the lusture fades. Enjoy your golden years now.

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  • 3. Wayne (msboy8)  |  May 13, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for the info! I was born in 1961 and I just discovered I’m from the “Jones Generation”. I am very happy, because I thought I was from the “Me Generation”, Take care. msboy8

  • 4. David  |  December 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I do not believe in using dates to define a generation. ANYONE can be gen y if he/she is tech – savvy, open – minded to ALL kinds of diversity, and is into the latest music and entertainment. I was born in 1979 and all these characteristics describe me, so that makes me gen y.

  • 5. garrett  |  January 2, 2011 at 6:25 am

    baby boomer=1947-1958 BB/GEN.X cusp=1959-1966 generation X=1967-1978 X/Y cusp=1979-1986 generation Y=1987-1998 Y/Z cusp=1999-2006 generation Z=2007-present…this is the easiest way to tell for sure. for example, if u were old enough to vote in 1996 but too young to vote in 1984 then you are generation X. if you were old enough to vote in 2004 but too young to vote in 1996 then you are XY cusp. full generations are based on 4, four year terms while as the cusp generations are based on only 2, four year terms. this cannot be argued with and is the only method that is concrete. XY cusper here

  • 6. Emeigh  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    My dad was born in 1958 I dunno what generation he is, my mum was born in 1965 dunno what generation she is, my sister was born in 1988 dunno what generation she is, both of my brothers were born in 1993 dunno what generation they are, and I came in 1997 and I have NO clue what generation I am in but we all act older than our age in my family like my dad is 53 he act’s like he is 83, my mum is 46 she act’s like she is 53, my sister is 23 she act’s like she is 33, my brother’s are 18 and they act like they are 26, and I am 14 and I act like I am in my early 20’s like between 20 and 25.

  • 7. David  |  March 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I was born in 1979 and am a TRUE Gen yer, NOT an xy cusp, because I have NOTHING in common with Gen x.

    • 8. GennyY  |  August 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      lmbo ONLY a GEN X’r wd say sthing like that. LOL

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    I am really not interested in group marketing ploys telling me how I should be, buy, act, or feel.

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