The evolution of America’s seven living generations

In this fascinating new video, BuzzFeed offers a guide to the seven living generations of Americans, starting with The Greatest Generation (born 1901-1927). The video then compares and contrasts formative events, behavioral traits, and statistics of The Silent Generation (born 1928-1945), Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), Millennials (born 1981-1997), Generation Z (born 1998-2010), and the just barely forming Generation Alpha (born 2011-2025).

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  1. I am not crazy about Greatest Generation.

    I thought the breakdown of racial groups along generation lines was really interesting.

    As a GenXer I've always been frustrated at the lack of any real positive characteristics that get associated with us. It seems we are always measured as against the Boomers and not seen for our own selves. We were initially defined as sort of blase, but I think instead we just didn't care to be pigeon-holed as a generation and have a vision of ourselves as a unified group. If you look at media consumption, the Boomers all had 3 channels and grew up with a very unified experience of media. We grew up in the age of cable. Probably MTV was the only common thread of media consumption among us all, and that was just kind of a blip. I mean, we all watched it but I don't see it has having defined me personally. It wasn't like I had U2 posters all over my wall.

  2. Am I the only person who is irritated by the silly-ass names someone came up with for each generation?. I remember the first time someone told me I was part of "Generation X", then looked at me as if that was a terribly portentous pronouncement. I smiled and thought, "Who gives a shit?"

  3. Wasn't that basically just a marketing ploy by Tom Brokaw to flatter more senior citizens into buying his book?

  4. Generation Alphas are a bunch of cry babies.

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