The Millennials


Recently an article in Time magazine caught my eye about generations. By reading it gave me the feeling of some perspective on the present times! Every generation has its own characteristics and as we are in the process of the ultimate globalisation, these characteristics increasingly fit in every country’s generation and not only America’s. So let’s see how the Time magazine named and classified each generation: 

The Millennials* : Born 1980-2000 : *Credited to Strauss & Howe

God didn’t give these talents to just sit around being a model or being famous. I want to lead a huge charity organization. I want to lead a country for all I know” Alexi Neiers member of “the Bling Ring

The Millennials also know as Generation Y, they came of age in the shadow of 9/11 and amid the rise of new media. First-wave millennials are now in their early careers amid a slow global economic recovery, with high unemployment and concerns about future national debt.

Generation X* :  Born 1961-80 *Credited D.Coupland’s novel Generation X, 1991

imgres“Our generation has had no great war, no great depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives” From Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuick, 1996.

Many were latchkey kids of working moms and divorced parents: they grew into young adults marked by a sense of ennui. Studies have shown that members of this generation may have reversed the historical trend to earning more in real dollars than their parents.

Baby Boomers *: Born 1943-60 *Credited to Washington Post, 23/1/70

imgres-1They want to be recognized as individuals. But individuals play a smaller and smaller role in society” Senator Robert Kennedy, on hippies in Time July 7, 1967.

They were suburban children who came of age in the Summer of Love. In midlife, they became yuppies who lost fortunes in the stock-market crash of 1987. Many have had their savings dented by the Great Recession and will postpone retirement.

The Silent Generation* : Born 1925-42 *Credited to Time 5/11/51

imgres-2Youth today has little cynicism, because it never hoped for much” Time Nov. 5, 1951.

Children of the Depression, they have been referred to as the “lucky few”, a generation smaller than the one before it and which suffered fewer casualties of war. Later, many of them moved into white collar jobs and led society toward the idea of early retirement.

The Greatest Generation* : Born 1901-24 *Tom Brokaw in The Greatest Generation, published  1998.

This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny” Franklin Roosevelt, in a speech at 1936 Democratic convention.

The Lost Generation* : Born 1883-1900 * Credited to Ernest Hemingway’s epigraph to The Sun Also Rises in 1926

I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who jazzes from morning to night” From the murder on the Links by Agatha Christie, published 1923.

P.S : I think it is time for summer holidays and it is almost certain that I will follow the same route as in this following short video 😉