Millennials and beyond: What are generations and how are they divided?
We constantly hear about generations and generation gaps in the course of everyday life, yet the way these generations are defined and set apart remains a mystery to many.
Because there is more to the world than millennials (obviously), today we’re shedding light on generational divisions by giving you a quick breakdown of the four generations that have graced our planet after World War II and a brief overview of each.
Disclaimer: Kindly note that researchers do not unanimously agree on the exact years for each generation, hence our usage of the most common/average range for each cohort.
Occasionally referred to as the Me Generation due to their inherent introspective tendencies, Baby Boomers are the generation born in the aftermath of World War II, more specifically from 1945 all the way to 1964, which derives its name from the unprecedented peak in annual births during this period. Idealistic, anti-war, optimistic, ambitious, ethical, loyal and team-oriented are just a few of their defining characteristics.
Also known as Xers or the ‘sandwich generation’ due to being born right in between two highly celebrated/excessively scrutinized generations, Generation X is made up of those born anywhere from 1965 to 1984. Apart from their primordial role in raising the all-famous millennials, research has painted them as skeptic, pragmatic, entrepreneurial, cynical, independent and self-reliant individuals.
Born between 1985 and 1994, millennials or Gen Y are a defining generation that induced substantial changes in lifestyle, society and the workplace during recent years. Flexible, self-regarding, confident, fun, competitive, sociable and significantly shaped by technology, they have been accused of killing off numerous industries and are often regarded by their predecessors as entitled avocado toast lovers.
Dubbed Centennials or iGen in reference to the Smartphone Generation, Gen Z stands for people born between 1995 and today. As members of the most diverse generation to ever grace the planet, young men and women within this cohort are seen as careful, social, justice-minded, accepting and eager to make a change, in addition to being multi-multi-taskers, of course.