Talkin’ bout my Generation – Boomers, X, Y & beyond

7 08 2007

There’s always discussions about generations, what generation are you (take the test), but increasingly when people talk about Generation Y, the main point is technology. Any generation embraces the technology of their era (radio, vinyl records, boom boxes, CDs, the internet), but it by no means is the only thing that defines them.

Many Boomers remember advertising with fondness, not many members of Gen X or Y would say the same. Many members of Gen X & Y want more work/life balance, as they’ve seen the costs paid by their parents. The survivors of the World War II Generation appreciate the simple things in life, like bombs not falling from the sky on a regular basis.

The first thing that defines any Generation is their perception of other Generations. As a member of Generation Y, I quote the Simpsons: I used to be with it, but then they changed what “it” was. Now, what I’m with isn’t it, and what’s “it” seems weird and scary to me. All Generations think the other Generations are weird and scary (even if it’s just a little bit), but they’re all just born of a different social environment.

Generations different to yours aren’t weird and scary, they’re just different. Hopefully all the generations can learn to collaborate (instead of wanting others to “fade away”), combining the collective wisdom of all generations, to solve problems that we all face together. How many friends do you have outside your own generation? Is that number really enough?

I’ll leave you with the generation-mashup, the Zimmers, talkin’ bout their g-generation.




One response

11 11 2008
Donna Williams

In a crumbling world economy, it won’t matter if you have 2000 online friends if you can’t leave your room, collaborate and co-operate in real life and use your manual skills to produce, prepare and cook real food. Having a mountain of mobile or wireless capacity won’t matter if you can’t restore and repair consumables in a world stripped of its resources by global wastefulness. Having 10,000 You Tube hits for an ego-tripping fight capture won’t matter a damn if you don’t have a range of exchangeable essential physical skills in a world where both credit and money has lost all trust. The next generation will be a DOING one which will find little in common with gen Y which is more adept at imagning life/lives by proxy than living and developing physically interactive ones.

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