GENERATIONS: SERIES INTRODUCTION
One thing I learned from my research is that lots of websites give different stories and numbers. I had to decide which was the most reputable site to use or chosen to average the numbers.
This is an Introduction to the living Generations in America. Generations are defined as groups of people born around the same time who share similar traits. Parenting, technology, and economics help form the next generation. People talk about them and who they represent, but do we really know who they are and where they’ve been? This series will take a look at each of the current 7 generations in America.
G.I. Generation/Lost Generation 1900-1924
The Greatest Generation/The Silent Generation 1925-1945
Baby Boomer 1946-1964
Generation X 1965-1976
Generation Y/Millennials 1986-1995
Generation Z late 1996 to 2010s
I find it funny when I hear one generation pointing out the faults of another without acknowledging the shortcomings of their own. That was a confusing sentence. Let me try to explain it better. I’m a Baby Boomer who thinks Millennials are mostly made up of brats. Of course, I know that Baby Boomers are brats, but I don’t acknowledge it. I hope that’s clearer. Generations judging other generations.
Most of the sites I’ve viewed don’t mention the Xennial Generation. That’s the one between Generation X and the Millennials. Xennials came about when they disagreed having traits of either Generation X or Millennials, and they didn’t want to be associated with the Millennials. See what I mean about judging??
As usual, marketing firms have jumped on the generational traits. They use the them to pinpoint sales. For example, Baby Boomers prefer face-to-face sales while Millennials prefer sales on social media.
The Fourth Turning Theory” The more things change, the more they stay the same.” “History repeats itself.” The Fourth Turning Theory says Generational history repeats itself. Scary.
William Strauss and Neil Howe developed the theory and have written a book “The Fourth Turning: What Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny.” Lifecourse.com has written a summary of the book
.”Looking back to the dawn of the modern world, The Fourth Turning reveals a distinct pattern in human history, cycles lasting about the length of a long human life. Each cycle is composed of four “turnings,” and each turning lasts the span of a generation (about 20 years). There are four kinds of turnings (High, Awakening, Unraveling, Crisis), and they always occur in the same order.” https://store.lifecourse.com/products/15/The-Fourth-Turning.html
James Brett, in writing about The Silent Generation, believes The Fourth Turning is no longer an applicable theory. “. . . the essential machinery of the Straus and Howe theory has been dismantled by their books, but mostly by the rapid and pervasive homogenization of American and western European cultures by way of the mass media and social networks. What remains is the curious nurture cycle here and abroad. If you want to know what the authors said about the “fourth turning” you really have to read their book. I was not impressed.” http://www.jamesrbrett.com/TheSilentGeneration/
If people believe the Theory, those in power could force a chain reaction ending with chaos. Business Insider published an opinion article “Steve Bannon’s obsession with a dark theory of history should be worrisome.”
I hope you enjoy reading this Series. Some of the generations had quite a bit going on, like those who were part of the G.I. and The Greatest Generations.