Gen X, Gen Y, Gen Z and the Baby Boomers
The Baby Boomers are a generation of people born during the post WWII ‘Baby Boom’, roughly during the years 1946 to 1964. In the years following many western nations experienced a spike in births as they slowly recovered from the economic hardships experienced during wartime. This new generation of Baby Boomers experienced an unprecedented level of economic growth and prosperity throughout their lifetime. They entered the world in a time of relative hardship, but thanks to education, government subsidies, rising property prices and technological advancements they have emerged as a successful and affluent generation. Many baby boomers are now settling into retirement, with many more luxuries and comforts in their golden years than experienced by generations before them.
Some examples of people born in The Baby Boomer Generation:
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Sylvester Stallone, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Elton John, Lionel Richie, Richard Gere, Richard Branson, Mr T, David Hasselhoff, Liam Neeson, Steven Seagal, Pierce Brosnan.
Generation X came after the Baby Boomers, and typically covers people born between the mid 1960’s and the early 1980’s. Gen X was shaped by global political events that occurred during this generation’s youth. Events such as The Vietnam War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War, and the Thatcher-era government in the UK were events that helped to shape the culture and upbringing of Generation X. Relative to previous generations, Gen X is more open to diversity and has learnt to embrace differences such as religion, sexual orientation, class, race and ethnicity.
Some examples of people born in Generation X:
Charlie Sheen, Ben Stiller, Sarah Jessica Parker, Adam Sandler, David Cameron, Gordon Ramsay, Jennifer Lopez, Jay Z, Gwen Stefani, Matt Damon, Miranda Hart, Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Victoria Beckham.
You guessed it, Generation Y came after Generation X. Generation Y covers people born between the 1980’s and the year 2000, and these individuals are sometimes referred to as Gen Y, the Millennial Generation, or simply Millennials. Generation Y has been shaped by the technological revolution that occurred throughout their youth. Gen Y grew up with technology, so being connected and tech savvy is in their DNA. Equipped with latest technology and gadgets, such as iPhones, laptops and lately tablets, Generation Y is online and connected 24/7, 365 days a year. Many Millennials grew up seeing their Baby Boomer parents working day and night doing stressful corporate jobs, which has shaped their own views on the workforce and the need for work-life balance.
Here at Talented Heads we are really interested in Generation Y. We are Millennials, and we understand ourselves better than anyone else!
Some examples of people born in Generation Y:
Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Macaulay Culkin, Beyonce Knowles, Britney Spears, Justin Tmberlake, Alicia Keys, Jessica Alba, Kate Middleton, Miranda Kerr, Keira Knightley, Usain Bolt, Zac Efron, Adele, Rihanna, Emma Watson, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cirus, Justin Beiber, Harry Styles.
Generation Z is the generation of children born after the Year 2000. They are the children of Generation X and Generation Y. To be fair we don’t know a whole lot about the character traits of Generation Z, because they haven’t been on the earth for very long yet. Generation Z are predicted to be highly connected, living in an age of high-tech communication, technology driven lifestyles and prolific use of social media. A lot of what we think we know about Generation Z is inferred, and only time will tell whether we have been correct.
Some examples of people born in Generation Z:
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Suri Cruise, Blue Ivy Carter, Brooklyn Beckham, Apple Martin.
(Author: Natalie Waterworth)