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Generational Anchor Points That Help Define or Shape a Generation

 

Elderhood
(GI)
1905-1925
Older Adulthood
(Silent)
1926-1945
Middle/Senior Adulthood
Baby Boomers
1946-1964
Young/Middle Adulthood
(Gen X)
1965-1982
Adolescence/Young Adulthood
Millennials
(Gen Y)

1982-2004
 

World War II
(The Big War)

 

Korean War
(The Forgotten War)
Vietnam War
(The Protested War)
Desert Storm
(The CNN War)

9/11/Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan

 

Builders/Problem Solvers

 

Openly Uncertain/Facilitators "Me" Generation/
Revolutionizers
Reactors/Pragmatists Tolerant/Entitled

Conformity

 

Conciliatory
Individuality Diversity Confident
Depression Rising Affluence Economic Frustration

Rising National & Personal Debt

 

Prosperity to Recession

Save Money

 

Save & Spend Money Spend Money What Money? Desire Wealth

Large Extended Family

 

Extended Family Nuclear Family Single Parent Family Same Sex/Mixed Race Family/Family by Choice

Radio

 

B&W TV Color TV/VCR PCs iPads

LP Record

 

Reel to Reel Tape 8 Track/Cassette CD/DVD MP3

Operator-Assisted Phone

 

Rotary Phone Touchtone Phone Cell & Digital Phones Smartphones

Roosevelt

 

Truman/Eisenhower JFK/Johnson/Nixon Reagan/Bush/Clinton Clinton/Bush/Obama

Big Band

 

Swing Rock’n’Roll

Alternative

Rap

Prohibition

 

Alcohol/Cigarettes Marijuana/LSD Crack Cocaine Meth/Ectasy

Sex Taboo

 

Birth Control/Early Marriages The Pill
Sexual Revolution
HIV/AIDS/STD
Safe Sex
Hookups/Delaying Marriage

Farm

 

City/Town Suburbia Homeless Bedroom Communities

Coffee

 

Instant Coffee Cola

Bottled Water/
Designer Coffee

Lattes/Starbucks

Protestant

 

Rising Catholic New Age & Cults Spiritual Diversity Nones or Mix & Match

 

 

Adapted from Information: Adult Ministries by Richard H. Gentzler Jr. Developed from the idea of  "Generational Markers" found in Rocking the Ages: The Yankelovich Report on Generational Marketing by J. Walker Smith and Ann Clurman. HarperBusiness, 1997.

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