Silent Generation vs. Boomers vs. Generation X vs. Millennials vs. Zoomers | Entrepreneurship
At some point this year, you’ll probably be heading for a family party. You’ll have three or four generations of people there if you’re lucky. Now, depending on your family dynamic, you may have to put up with unwanted comments. Often in these situations, while you’re enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal just as you’re about to take a bite of your aunt’s special dish, someone will say –
“This generation is useless…they’re the absolute worst, they’re soft and they ruined everything.”
And the table could be silent. Some people will nod in agreement, and others will prepare to support them, but before they can, one of your younger cousins sitting across the table will say –
“Excuse me, you baby boomers destroyed the planet. Plastic, gas, capitalism, it’s you!”
And that’s the end of this beautiful family reunion, is not it? Maybe it didn’t exactly turn out that way for you. Maybe you’ve seen people talking about it on social media or overheard a conversation at your local coffee shop, and whether you agree or not, it makes you wonder how valid each argument is. .
Did a generation mess things up for everyone and which generation is it? Are we really all that different? Well, we want to know what the experts are saying because if there’s a generation to blame, let’s do it, and if there isn’t, well, maybe we should rethink our approach on this subject.
Now, let’s start by breaking down the generations because you know, names and heirs seemed to change pretty quickly. Also, it doesn’t seem like the names are set from start to finish, as researchers and the media changed them on a whim.
1. Silent Generation
From what we can tell, from 1928 to 1945 we have the “silent generation”. They got their name for being so conformist. Now back then Senator Joseph McCarthy was proposing controversial policies in the United States to curb communism, many of the threats he was talking about were unfounded and made the public paranoid, and everyone silently believed every word he was saying, as unrealistic as it sounds. .
Their parenting style was also quite conformist. Women had to stay home and make sure dinner was cooked in the house was clean and men had to work for most of their lives.
2. Baby boomers
In 1946, the “Baby boomer generationstarted, and it lasted until about 1964. After World War II, the population exploded, and a boom in baby births, hence the name.
Now, while we view baby boomers as conformists and out of touch, there is a challenge within them that future generations often overlook. They challenge their parents and went to music festivals, forest weekends and created the summer of love. They protested the Vietnam War, experimented with drugs and defended civil rights. As parents, baby boomers viewed growing up from their child’s perspective. They focused on emotional growth and pioneered the concept of family reunions.
3. Generation X
Now, “Generation Xwas from 1964 to 1980. They lived through the AIDS epidemic, a changing culture that would allow for greater LGBTQ+ rights, and they made television a regular pastime. They are also known as the lazy generation. These parents were more involved in raising their children, and that’s when the term “Helicopter Parenting” was coined.
From 1981 to 1996, we have two generations:
- The first millennial generation.
- Generation Y.
“Millennialsor Gen Y – this generation spent their teens and early twenties living through the aftermath of 9/11. They are the first generation born with and without the internet.
Today, baby boomers accuse millennials of being self-centered and having rights, due to excessive use of social media, but studies show that this generation has many more volunteers than ever, concerned about their health and the environment, and community oriented. They prefer to support local stores when possible, and they are more focused on art and creativity than previous generations.
As parents, they are more open-minded and accepting of their children. Their approach to parenting is freer and has less rotational structure. Now, although it’s too early to tell the full effects of this type of parenting, experts are divided on what effect it might have. There is a false structure to this parenting. They are given recess time at school, but it is carefully arranged for them to achieve different goals. Their parents juggle equally busy work and personal lives, only to be held together by the structure and routine they have in place.
5. Generation Z
And finally, “Generation Z” is from 1997 to 2010.
They are the first to be born into a world where the internet and social media are constant. They are always connected to each other. From an early age, they started staring at a screen.
Now, each generation has been through many pandemics of war, major cultural shifts, economic downturns and upturns, and each has coped in different ways; some better than others and each generation is also different from the previous one. Millennials are more diverse than their parents, but their parents were also more diverse than their grandparents. Each new generation is better educated. Each new generation has more rights and a better quality of life for women and people of color. Now, interestingly, the newer generations are showing a decrease in the marriage rate. Cultural norms, an open workforce, better education and resources have made people more independent and self-sufficient. You no longer need two people of the opposite sex in the same house to survive. In fact, the biggest drop in marriages has been between the silent generation and baby boomers. Baby boomer women have been breaking down the doors of the workforce, often facing unprecedented levels of harassment and intimidation just for being there. And, you know, as different as our experiences are, no generation has dealt less or more than the other.
We may not have major wars, but we are constantly bombarded with attacks, discrimination and danger. We may not have the Summer of Love or the Roaring Twenties, but we can reach out and positively influence people in ways we never could before. So many more of us have the resources to make a major difference in this world, and these readers, that makes us the same. We’ve been through the ups and downs of thought, society, and our parents and faced derogatory comments, and received love and acceptance from people we don’t even know. We have all experienced our own unique version of the same things. We really aren’t that different when you zoom out far enough.
So the next time you hear that same line again at the dinner table, we encourage you to be the person to remind everyone of the good and bad we’ve all been through.
“We create a better dialogue with our similarities than with our differences.”
And this healthy dialogue is what will help us change the world.
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