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Updated on June 10, 2015

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The Generations: Baby Boomers

The generation gap stretches more and more throughout the years. Baby boomers were born from 1946 through approximately 1964. The name baby boomer originated from babies born after World War 11. There was a boom of births from men coming home from war and starting their own families.Though the generation of baby boomers officially extended to 1964 we tend to think of the baby boomer generation people more in the age range of late fifties to sixties as of 2012.

Today baby boomers make up a large percentage of our population; many have retired and others will be retiring in the next decade. Many baby boomers are experiencing financial challenges and are looking for work or attempting to start small businesses for extra money. During the work years of this generation the economy was fairly prosperous. Many baby boomers have made excellent investment decisions and can survive with prosperity in today's landscape.

Baby boomers do not remember World War 11, and they may have a slight recollection of post war living. Many of these people were brought up in affluent homes and did not suffer during economic downturns. Many baby boomers were taught a good work ethic and were happy to work after school for special things they wanted; and even worked during college years to help pay their tuition. I know this from personal experience as I always worked. I knew if I wanted something extra I had to figure out how to get it. I wanted to have more clothes, so I saved up and bought a sewing machine. And I am forever grateful for growing up in a peaceful and easy time.

Generation X

Generation X births started around 1965 through the early 1980s. The term was coined from the changing attitudes and family structure during this time. Kids from generation X were often born from babyboomer parents. This generation saw the beginning of computers for home use and were taught in school how to operate these new devices. However, the computer and other new technological devices were not their main interest in life. Kids enjoyed sports, learning new things and getting together with friends without the benefits of computer games, cell phones and texting.

This was a period in history with new recreational drug use, new freedoms and the onset of the dreaded disease of Aids. Movies became more graphic and sexually exploiting. During this generation there were fewer births than in past generations. Many people felt that this generation rebelled against the idealism of the baby boomer era and broke away from families. This generation often did not feel same obligation, respect and concern towards parents and grandparents. These kids faced an upswing in divorce and often experienced living in a one parent home. If families stayed together often both parents worked to help make ends meet in order to give the kids all the things they felt they did not have growing up.There were more and more women in the workplace holding responsible jobs and seeking careers.

Generation Z Is Busy Texting

Generation Z or The Thumb Texting Generation

The dates for generation Z are a little more nebulous than the other generations, with a variety of opinions for the actual start date. Some people claimed that this generation started around 1996, but others claim it started back to the middle 80's. These generation Z kids are born from very late baby boomers or early generation X families. This generation is growing up in the heart of all that is technologically dear and present today. Whereas parents of generation Z may well be savvy with new technology, it does not control their daily lives. Generation X still talks on home phones, and does not go into panic mode if they forget to take their cell phone when leaving home. they do texting but only when necessary and not as a means of general communication. They have a value for real life experiences with friends and family. They even turn off their phones when out socially or at least put them in pockets and purses.

Generation X still can walk through a park and smell the flowers and enjoy nature. Generation Z walks through the park, looks at the flowers and starts texting with their well developed thumbs. It is amazing to me how fast they can text with their thumbs on the tiny screen.

Generation Z is a savvy generation and fully aware of what is going on in the world politically, all the natural disasters and continuing economic challenges. It would be difficult for them to miss anything going on all over the world with the constant up to minute communications from many sources.Though a good many of generation Z may want to put their heads in the sand, the internet and other forms of communication bring everything to the dinner table. It is possible that this generation is going to suffer from the turmoil in the world today when facing their future. Our growing debt and other world problems could very well totally change their lives both personally and on a more global level.

This is a generation of the big and active thumb. I am always amazed to see people texting in the car, walking and even when they are with other people in restaurants and other places. Why not pick up the phone to share a conversation? The texters are often making plans to meet someone and then they meet that someone and start texting again.

I love my cell phone and don't feel safe leaving home without it. To me these technological goodies are suitable for making plans, emergencies and changes in plans. I have to admit I don't text as I hate those little tiny letters. Leaving a voice mail is just fine with me.

Generation Z has amazing potential with so many advantages that past generations did not have. They are growing up in a changing world; though.which sometimes can feel pretty scary and even threatening. This generation mostly stay in touch with each other through social networking and always know what their friends are doing on an hourly basis. Maybe that is why they don't have to talk with each other. However, there are predators on the internet to have some concern about which is another thing to be concerned about.

Parents have a tough job today while raising kids and dealing with all the new fears. Parents have to worry about helmets, seat belts, and also their kid's safety away from home. I am still happy that I grew up during a time of peace, social ease and family closeness, even if I did have to use a payphone.

Observations of my grandchildren who are living in this generation Z, are amazing, and things have changed a lot. Parents give explanations for everything instead of just saying NO. Kids coming from affluent parents get almost everything they want and get to do everything they want. Many of the kids are on sensory overload and their days are filled with constant activity. After school becomes a time of rushing to this activity or that one. It seems that kids rarely come home from school, have a snack and go outside and play. However, parents are in fear these days of predators and other outside negative influences. The old picket fence has grown about two feet higher. However, what these kids experience today is all that they know. Being from an older generation is an awareness of how much life is changing.

What does the future hold? I do wonder what life will be like for young people of today. We luckily only worried about school grades, teachers, friends, romantic interests and who we were going to play with. And what is going to happen with the new generations throughout the coming years?


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      Jane L 3 years ago

      Your statement, "Many people felt that this generation rebelled against the idealism of the baby boomer era and broke away from families. This generation often did not feel same obligation, respect and concern towards parents and grandparents." is so true!! And though I know it is prevalent in generation X, it is only a very small comfort for the loss of those relationships that I expected to enjoy throughout my life. I have not heard my dauthter's voice for almost 12 years. And, I don't even know why!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      What a great share carol.I truly enjoyed it and here's to so many more to follow.

      Eddy.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I see where you are coming from and I can only hope the same. Yes Z to the second power..Pretty cool. Thanks for stopping by...always good to see you.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Generation Z is living in a world far different from the one I grew up in. And while I think I am glad my childhood was unfettered by such intrusions as they have, this new world is full of promise and expectation. Thank you for sharing this, Carol. It was very interesting. I just wonder was the next new generation will be labeled...Z to the second power maybe??

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much for visit, comments and voting. I hope you are enjoying your day.

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      Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      You are so right about generation Z. Their lives seem to revolve around the mobile phone. No wonder, a few have caused accidents while thumping with their thumbs. I hope their dreams do not gravitate upon the thumb. Nice hub and thanks for sharing. Thumbs up.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      thanks so much for the visit. Nothing ever applies to everyone of a generation because I am sure there are many kids around that don't care about computers..well not many ....thanks for your comments and I so agree with you.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      It is amazing how different life is for different generations. And the older generation always laments at how different things are now for the new generation, but somehow we/they all manage to find a way through it all. You've provided an interesting analysis of the difference between these three generations.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for your comments. And voting up ...and as always I enjoy the visit. Thank you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting analysis, Carol. Gen Z seems to be ill at ease without these modern gadgets while those of the babyboomers can't seem to understand why all this hue and cry is raised about them.

      I'm from babyboomers generation and though I have these gadgets and use them yet I can't seem to get around texting or carrying the cell in my hand at all times.

      Sometimers, I wonder what the next generation is in for?

      Voting it up and interesting.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I agree with you. Lots of noise in their lives from everywhere.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Interesting hub. The boomer generation is the last to live before the internet which changed everything. I wish these kids the best for they will need it.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I guess you can be either..though you are not typical. As long as you are happy it doesn't matter. Thanks for stopping by and voting up.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Hmmm I was born in 1989... so I'm not sure I'm x or z... I've never owned a smart phone and rarely text so I think I'm more X... ^_^ My husband was born 77 so definitely an X, he can't even check his email without my help, lol. Great fun hub! voted UP!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      We just don't know. High speed is the keyword here. It is enticing in many ways so I can understand what you say. However, there is just a de-personalization of life in so many ways. Food for thought.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Texting is such a normal part of life for so many people, including adults. It is communication at high speed, entertainment and knowledge at your fingertips. That alone is enticing. I am wondering how all this is going to contribute to our society in a positive way through the next decade. Interesting thoughts, Carol.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      You are obviously doing the right thing...And creating family values..Thanks for that! I didn't want to generalize and I am not sure if you are exception to the rule. As long as you give your kids good values, work ethic and that life is not just about their wants..which I see you are..Keep doing a great job.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      This was a Great Hub!!! I am from Generation X and my children are Generation Z...They do have their devices, however, everything is put away for dinner (which we have at the dinner table) and family time. My children have a great love for the outdoors and immensely enjoy family time with us as well as their grandparents and other relatives.

      Unfortunately, many of their friends do not have dinner together as a family, nor do they do much for family time. My heart goes out to those kids. I hope Generation Z takes us by surprise and changes the world for the better!!

      Many Votes and Shared!!!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      greeneryday: Thanks for stopping by and adding your valuable comments. Yes there is way too much information out there. Ignorance was bliss.

      always exploring: I think kids are okay today only because it is only what they know. They have no idea how past generations lived.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting indeed, Somehow i feel somewhat sorry for the kids today, maybe i shouldn't, maybe it's the best time? Looking back, i think we have evolved into a more sociable society and that'd good. Great thought provoking article..

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      greeneryday 5 years ago from Some tropical country

      Interesting hub, generation z faces more disturbances than the previous generation X and baby boomers.

      With today advance technologies like mobile phone and digital information like the internet parents have to sort of guiding their young children to learn from reliable sources.

      There are way too much information out there, and they don't need all of them to help their self development. Thank you for sharing this, voted up for awesome!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      sherritiuck: i know there is a lot of generation mixing at work. And hopefully there is a learning experience here. It is to be a challenge.

      curriad: Morals started disappearing a long time ago unfortunately. Thanks for stopping by, reading and offering good comments.

      billbuc: So true that it is scary. There is a strong sense of entitlement from this generation. Entry level jobs and waiting for big houses is not in the plans. Who can know what is going to happen. As you I am glad when I grew up and had all that I had...A sense of sharing, working and not expecting things given to me.

      anuws: Thanks for stopping by and reading..much appreciated.

      Lord De Cross: The new generation is so "me" oriented what is left for others in their lives. Thanks for stopping by and comments.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Very well done. I agree with Curiad. Gemeration Z can give a damn for the older generations. You cannot step on their geeky knowledge and want to keep their generation for their own. Great article and lots of thoughts to ponder

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      anuws 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      A good one Carol7777. Interesting article to read. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting hub! One of your last statements, that this latest generation has tremendous potential, is very true....but they may end up being the largest collective of under-achievers in history. Only time will tell.

      I'm glad I grew up when I did.

      Nice job Carol!

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      The blend of generations is interesting. I fear however that the loss of morals that used to exist in this country is expanding at a rate congruent with the technology.

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      Sherri Tuck 5 years ago from Virginia

      Interesting article. It is also interesting to see the mix of generations in the workplace. Helping us understand the belief system of each generation help us to function in a work environment that requires teamwork and communication.