Talking about my generation
Did you know that right now in the world there are five generations trying to communicate, work and live together in the world?
Each generation has a set design of influences that contributed to the way people live, work and communicate with each other.
The Old School generation is anyone born from 1922 to 1946. Some common influences included the need for respect and organization, using items to their maximum potential and the importance of experience moreso than education. Many in this generation grew up with memories of the Great Depression.
The Baby Boomer generation consists of anyone born from 1946 to 1964. This era brought about questions of authority, the Vietnam War, an advancement in the women’s movement and latch key kids.
Generation X is anyone born from 1965 to 1980. Generation X brought about the need for feedback concerning work performance, the risk-takers and a generation who wanted to work hard and play hard.
Generation Y is anyone born from 1981 to 2000. My generation is told be made of multitaskers. We grew up fast and are always wondering about the “why.” We’ve seen a massive jump in technology and education that has propelled us to strive for jobs we love that we can also find fulfillment in.
Lastly, the Post-Millennial generation is any individual born from 2001 to now.
I am a part of Generation Y. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, I was one of the 75.4 million kids born from 1981 to 2000.
Many of you may be more familiar with another term used to describe individuals in my age group — millennials.
For some, the term millennial is often accompanied by a negative connotation.
As millennials we are told that the following are all a problematic issue:
~Being on our cellphones too often
~Lack of respect for authority
~Being caught up in video games
These are just some of the many things I have heard said about millennials.
I know people my age on both sides of the millennial spectrum. Some spend more times sending emojis and delving into the newest technology craze. Others still make a legitimate phone call to obtain information instead of texting and snap chatting.
No matter what generation you fall into, it is important that we all make an effort to better understand the generations that came before us. In order to know what we wish to become, we must first understand who we are and where we came from.
I, for example, took the work ethic of my grandparents (born in the Old School generation) and knowledge that like my mom, I too could work outside the home (the Baby Boomer generation). The combination of my families generational contributions led me to form the best version of myself I could be.
I hope to instill the knowledge of the past to my kids someday so that they will have the opportunity to lead a life they are proud of.