There isn't much of a consensus on generation definitions. There are 3 or more different date ranges for the generations.
1. The most popular dates for Gen X are 1961-1981, but
place Gen X from 1965-1976.
Other sources have dates varying
from 1960-1970 to 1965-1975.|
2. The generation after Gen X has been called Gen Y, the Net Generation (N Gen), Echo Boomers, Mosaic, the Bridger Generation
and the Millennial generation.
3. The Xers are the 13th generation to be born since the American Revolution.
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The generation before the the Baby Boomers was the "Silent Generation". Some of the dates differ based on authors, but here's the general list.
Here is a list of the years and generations
Silent Generations - born around, or parented by, those of The Great Depression of 1929 & children of the WWII gen.; marriage is for life; labor union generation; Korean and Viet Nam War generation; in grade school, the gravest teacher complaints were about passing notes and chewing gum in class; readers; the Big-Band/Swing music generation; strong sense of trans-generational common values and near-absolute truths; dsiciplined, self-sacrificing, & cautious.
Baby Boomers - the "me" generation; "rock and roll" music gen.; ushered in the free love and societal "non-violent" protests which triggered violence; self righteous & self-centered; buy it now and use credit; too busy for much neighborly involvement yet strong desires to reset or change the common values for the good of all; the first TV generation; quite conversational & skilled vocal & writer advocates; poor on marital skills...the first divorce generation; begin "gay toleration"...AIDS begins and is first lethal infectious disease in the history of any culture on earth which was not subjected to any quarantine what-so-ever because of a beginning obsession of individual rights prevailing over the common good...especially if it is applicable to any type of minority group; optimistic, driven, team-oriented.
Generation X - raised by the career and money conscious Boomers amidst the societal disappointment over governmental authority and the Viet Nam war and the scoff-law attitudes coming out of the protest times; school problems about drugs; late to marry (after cohabitation) and quick to divorce...many single parents; are iconographic...clothes lables are large & shows of caring (turning out for a worthy-cause rally) are fully sufficient expressions (while government, charities, agencies will see to the work of it); want what they want and want it now but struggling to buy; conversationally shallow because relating consists of shared time watching video movies; short on loyalty & wary of commitment; all values are relative...must tolerate all peoples; self-absorbed and suspicious of all organization; computer generation; survivors as individuals; cautious; skeptical, unimpressed with authority, self-reliant.
Generation Y - Facebook, MySpace, SMS and other instant communication technologies may explain Generation Y's reputation for being peer oriented and for seeking instant gratification. Generation Y, like other generations, is shaped by the events, leaders, developments and trends of its time. Members of this generation are facing higher costs for higher education than previous generations.
Sources: class on "Connecting Across Generations"
James Choung, Director of Evangelism at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, defines the spiritual question that people are asking…depending on when they were born as follows.
Source: ECO of Presbyterians National Gathering
The following chart comes from Northern California Settlers, a genelogical study of 8 pioneering California families in generation 6, born between 1839-1863. We arbitrarly labeled the Great Great Great Grandchildren of these poiners generation 1 (centered with birthdates around 2000.)
Because women tended to get married earlier, maternal lines have more generations
in a given time. e.g. Anna Price (an ancestor following a purely maternal line)
was born in 1750 and is generation 10; Thomas McBride (a paternal line) was born
in 1749 and is generation 8.
Gen Median Range 1 1978-present 2 1971 1949-1998 3 1945 1922-1970 4 1915 1896-1933 5 1883 1865-1895 6 1853 1839-1863 7 1820 1789-1845 8 1798 1749-1822
|Gen Range | 9 1729-1805 | 10 1698-1764 | 11 1673-1735 | 12 1637-1709 | 13 1590-1668 | 14 1567-1655 | 15 1540-1620 | 16 1515-1573 | 17 1483-1538
|Gen Range | 18 1442-1503 | 19 1420-1470 | See Finley Ancient Roots for | speculation on dates below. | 30 950-1000 | 57 14 AD | 98 1700 BC | 125 2,350-2,900 BC Noah | 134 3760 - 5200 BC Adam
Each generation averaged from 32-42 yrs. up to Noah.
Generations from Adam to Noah were several hundred years according to the Bible. Because your number of ancestors doubles each generation (2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents), after about 30 generations the number of a persons ancestors exceeds the world population. The fallacy in this argument is that prior to 100 years ago a lot of people married 2nd and 3rd cousins, so lines tend to merge quickly as you move back.