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What is a generation?

Traditionally, a generation has been defined as “the average interval of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring."[1] This places a generation at around 20 years in span and this matches the generations up to and including the Baby Boomers. However, while in the past this has served sociologists well in analysing generations, it is irrelevant today.[2] A baby boom is defined as a period of increased birth rates relative to surrounding generations. ...

Firstly, because cohorts are changing so quickly in response to new technologies, changing career and study options, and because of shifting societal values, two decades is far too broad a generational span.[3] Today, a new generation is born every fifteen years or less.

Secondly, the time between birth of parents and birth of offspring has stretched out from two decades to more than three. Looking at Australian statistics, the median age of a woman having her first baby was 24 in 1976, while today it is just over 30.[4] So, while the Boomers are the children of the Builders or Veterans, Gen Z are more than often the younger siblings of Gen Y – or the children of the late-breeding Gen X. In recent years, the median age of first-time mothers throughout the western world has reached record highs. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... This article is about the demographic Generation X. For the comic book, see Generation X (comics); for the novel, see Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. ...

USA - 25.2[5]

UK - 27.4[6]

Canada - 27.7[7]

New Zealand - 30.1[8]

So, today a generation refers to a cohort of people born into and shaped by a particular span of time (events, trends and developments). And the span of time has contracted significantly.[9]

More so than ever, the commonolaties of today’s generations cut through global, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries. Due largely to globalisation made possible through the various technologies of today, a youth from Australia, the US, UK, Germany or Japan is shaped by the same events, trends and developments: they are all avid users of mobile phones and online chat rooms, are witnessing unprecedented declines in their national birth rate, are equally concerned by global warming, and more of their generation are tertiary-educated than their parents and grandparents. Also, the population of many countries today, including Australia, the US and the UK, is made up of diverse cultures and peoples, affected by the same events, trends and developments of the country they call home. Likewise, those living on Government pensions are aware of and shaped by the latter no differently than are celebrities and high-flyers.[10]--Emily Wolfinger (talk) 03:34, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

Generational labels

Builders (1920-1945) Boomers (1946-1964) Gen X (1965-1979) Gen Y (1980-1994)
The lucky generation The baby-boomers The options generation The millennials
The veterans Generation Jones Post-boomers Net generation
Pre-boomers The stress generation Baby-busters Dot.com generation
The greatest generation The sandwich generation Slackers Echo boomers
The silent generation The new generation Whiners iGeneration
The frugal generation The me generation MTV generation Google generation
The pre-war generation The love generation The twenty/thirty somethings Myspace generation
The Depression generation The lost generation The back-end boomers Mypod generation
The beat generation War babies The doom generation Nintendo generation
The GI generation Leading-edge boomers X-er The cynical generation
The seniors Trailing-edge boomers The generation after The connected generation

The various labels given the living generations – the Builders through to Gen Z – reflect the times which have shaped their generational profile. The names given the Builders reflect the events that shaped them (the World Wars and the Depression); the Boomer labels, the population boom following World War II and the shedding of moral codes after the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s (the love generation and the lost generation, for example); the X-er labels, the material prosperity of the times (the options generation) and the after-math of the sexual revolution (the baby-busters), and the Gen Y labels, the digital age that heralded in its birth. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

There are few Gen Z labels, given their young age. They include: the futuristic generation, the millennials, the new millennials, the iGeneration and the Internet generation, some of which are used in reference to Gen Y.--Emily Wolfinger (talk) 03:34, 30 November 2007 (UTC) This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

Other definitions

Skipping three generations
Skipping three generations

Generation (from the Greek γενεά), also known as procreation, is the act of producing offspring. It can also refer to the act of creating something inanimate such as electrical generation or cryptographic code generation. Look up generation in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,536 × 2,048 pixels, file size: 491 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (1,536 × 2,048 pixels, file size: 491 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... For other uses, see Reproduction (disambiguation) Reproduction is the biological process by which new individual organisms are produced. ... In biology, offspring are the product of reproduction, a new organism produced by one or more parents. ... World-wide electricity production for 1980 to 2005. ... The German Lorenz cipher machine, used in World War II for encryption of very high-level general staff messages Cryptography (or cryptology; derived from Greek κρυπτός kryptós hidden, and the verb γράφω gráfo write or λεγειν legein to speak) is the study of message secrecy. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

A generation can also be a stage or degree in a succession of natural descent as a grandfather, a father, and the father's son comprise three generations.

A generation can refer to stages of successive improvement in the development of a technology such as the internal combustion engine, or successive iterations of products with planned obsolescence, such as video game consoles or mobile phones. By the mid 20th century humans had achieved a mastery of technology sufficient to leave the surface of the Earth for the first time and explore space. ... A colorized automobile engine The internal combustion engine is an engine in which the combustion of fuel and an oxidizer (typically air) occurs in a confined space called a combustion chamber. ... Planned obsolescence (also built-in obsolescence (UK)) is the decision on the part of a manufacturer to produce a consumer product that will become obsolete and/or non-functional in a defined time frame. ... Game console redirects here. ...

In biology, the process by which populations of organisms pass on advantageous traits from generation to generation is known evolution. For the song by Girls Aloud see Biology (song) Biology studies the variety of life (clockwise from top-left) E. coli, tree fern, gazelle, Goliath beetle Biology (from Greek: βίος, bio, life; and λόγος, logos, speech lit. ... Life on Earth redirects here. ... In biology, a trait or character is a genetically inherited feature of an organism. ... This article is about evolution in biology. ...


  1. ^ http://www.dictionary.com.
  2. ^ McCrindle Research 2006, New Generations at work, http://www.mccrindle.com.au/resources.htm, retrieved November 30, 2007.
  3. ^ Ibid.
  4. ^ Ibid.
  5. ^ U.S. Census Bureau 2007, Facts for features: Mother's Day, http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/009747.html, retrieved November 30, 2007.
  6. ^ "More women have a late pregnancy", BBC News, December 17, 2004, http://www.news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4104033.stm, retrieved November 30, 2007.
  7. ^ Wheeler, M. et al 2006, Work and life balance: Policy implications of delayed reproduction and low fertility rates, http://policyresearch.gc.ca/page.asp?pagenm=v8n3_art_07, retrieved November 30, 2007.
  8. ^ Statistics New Zealand 2007, Fertility, http://www.stats.govt.nz/analytical-reports/dem-trends-03/dem-trends-2003-part-2-fertility.htm, retrieved November 30, 2007.
  9. ^ McCrindle Research 2007, Seriously cool, http://www.mccrindle.com.au/resources.htm, retrieved November 30, 2007.
  10. ^ Zemke, R. et al 2000, Generations at work, AMACOM books, New York.

See also

Intergenerational equity [1] is a value concept which focuses on the rights of future generations. ...

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