20th-21st century America
The Lost Generation was a term originally used to identify a group of American literary expatriates living in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s; it is now used more generally to describe the generation of young people who came of age in the United States during and shortly after World War I.
The Greatest Generation is the worldwide generation of Allies that served in World War II. This group overlaps with the G.I. Generation, the generation of vetrans that fought and won World War II, later to become the Establishment, and the parents of children who would later become the Baby Boomers.
The Silent Generation was the generation born between the two World Wars, who were too young to join the service when World War II started. Many had fathers who served in World War I. (1925-1945)
The Baby Boomers were the generation born during or just after World War II (between 1946 and 1964), a time that included a 14-year increase in birthrate worldwide. Baby Boomers in their teen and college years were characteristically part of the 1960s counterculture, but later became more conservative, eventually gave birth to Generations X and Y. Most academic and demographic literature uses 1946 and 1964 as the cutoff years of the Baby Boom generation.
Generation Jones is the generation born between the Baby Boomers and Generation X. Jonesers are primarily the offspring of the Silent Generation; mostly they were children in the 1960s, and teens in the 1970s.
Generation X is the generation born between approximately 1965 to 1980, although the birth years are sometimes cited as early as 1960, and as late as 1989. Other names used interchangeably with Generation X are 13th Generation and Baby Busters. Most of this generation are children of The Silent Generation. They tended to grow up with video games and MTV, and spent most of their teen years in the 1980s.
XY Cusp, also known as the MTV Generation, was caught between the end of Generation X and start of Generation Y, mainly living out their childhood through the 80s and teen years in the mid-90s. This generation was influenced by the launch of MTV, and the popularization of Web technology after 1995. Their peak is usually given as (1975-1985).
Boomerang Generation, was a sub-group of Generation Y, growing up in the '90s and early 2000s, whose emergent experiences straddled the Cold War/Space Age and Internet eras. In many ways more connected to the G.I. Generation than other recent generations, this group came of age in the period directly following the September 11th attacks. (1982-1986)
Generation Y, also known as the Echo Boom, or Millennial Generation, grew up with many world-changing events including the rise of mass communication, the Internet, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Y Generation is known as a Culture War "battleground" with growing disagreements between conservative and liberal perspectives. (1976-2001 is the widest possible definition commonly cited.)
iGeneration, the Internet generation, is a subgeneration for the latter half of Generation Y (1991-1999) and the first half of Generation Z (2000-2005).
Generation Z, or New Silent Generation, is the youngest of generations thus far.
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