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GENERATIONAL GENERALITIES

God has seen to it that all individuals are different. While there are many exceptions to the rule, persons of different generations have a tendency for their outlooks, attitudes, and reactions to life to be molded by the societal and world events of, or preceding, their time of life.

Our USA generations have been in a small number of multi-generational cycles. And, within each cycle, there tends to be a prevailing characteristic...one of 4 basic generational characteristics in America. Some generations are powerfully defined, such as the "Seniors" who went thru The Great Depression. Others are much more broken up into "cohorts" whose common-experience molding is on a much smaller scale.

As I will later show in this web site, not only do persons of each generation (or cohort) differ because of these varied external influences, all individuals differ according to various genetic predispositions and different temperaments. God has truly created "individuals"...unique creations in His image. How ignorant and arrogant are those who are distraught because so many folks don't "do" or "operate" like THEY do!

 Birth Years  NAME (S)  1997 USA Population size  Attitudes and Characteristics
 1492-1512
 a Pilgrim generation    
 1512-1532
 a Pilgrim generation
   
 1532-1555
 a Pilgrim generation
   
 1555-1583
 a Pilgrim generation
   
 1584-1614
(colonial cycle)
 Puritan generation
[idealist]
   
 1615-1647
(colonial cycle)
 Cavalier generation
[reactive]
   
1648-1673
(colonial cycle)
 
 Glorious generation
[civic]

   
 1674-1700
(revolutionary cycle)
 Enlightenment generation
[adaptive]

   
 1701-1723
(revolutionary cycle)
 Awakening generation
[idealist]

   
 1724-1741
(revolutionary cycle)
 Liberty generation
[reactive]

   
 1742-1766
(revolutionary cycle)
 Republican generation
[civic]

   
 1767-1791
(revolutionary cycle)

 Compromise generation
[adaptive]
   
 1792-1821
(civil war cycle)
 Transcendental
[idealists]

   
 1822-1842
(civil war cycle)
 Gilded generation
[reactive]
   
 1843-1859
(civil war cycle)

 Progressive generation
[adaptive]
   
 1860-1882
("great power" cycle)
 Missionary generation
[idealistic]

   
 1883-1901
("great power" cycle)

 the LOST generation
[reactive]
 900,000
 
 1901-1927
("great power" cycle)

 the Seniors 

GI generation

[civic]

 19.9 million children of the WWI gen. & fighters in WWII& young in the Great Depression...all leading to strong models of teamwork to overcome and progress;
society strongly interested in personal morality and near-absolute standards of right and wrong;

strong sense of personal civic duty;
marriage is for life;
strong loyalty to jobs, groups, schools, etc.; yet is the labor-union-spawning generation; credo "use it up, fix it up, make it do, or do without"; avoid debt...save and buy with cash. Tom Brokaw's new 1998 book has a title which he bestows on this group, The Greatest Generation. Age of radio and air flight.

 1927-1945
("great power" cycle)
 the Builders 

Silent generation
"veterans"
(possibly gen. #283 since Adam & Eve)

[adaptive]

 49 million born around, or parented by, those of The Great Depression of 1929 & children of the WWII gen.; marriage is for life; labor union generation; Korean and Viet Nam War generation; in grade school, the gravest teacher complaints were about passing notes and chewing gum in class; readers; the Big-Band/Swing music generation; strong sense of trans-generational common values and near-absolute truths; disciplined, self-sacrificing, & cautious.
 1946-1964
(millennial cycle)

 the Baby Boomers 

[idealist]

 77 million
the "me" generation; "rock and roll" music gen.; (between wars is the "Beat Generation" of the 1960s); ushered in the free love and societal "non-violent" protests which triggered violence; self righteous & self-centered; buy it now and use credit; too busy for much neighborly involvement yet strong desires to reset or change the common values for the good of all; the first TV generation; quite conversational & skilled vocal & writer advocates; poor on marital skills...the first divorce generation; begin "gay toleration"...AIDS begins and is first lethal infectious disease in the history of any culture on earth which was not subjected to any quarantine what-so-ever because of a beginning obsession of individual rights prevailing over the common good...especially if it is applicable to any type of minority group; optimistic, driven, team-oriented.
 1965-1979
(millennial cycle)
 the Busters 

"13th" generation

America's21st generation

generation X

[reactive]

 59 million raised by the career and money conscious Boomers amidst the societal disappointment over governmental authority and the Viet Nam war and the scoff-law attitudes coming out of the protest times; school problems about drugs; late to marry (after cohabitation) and quick to divorce...many single parents; are iconographic...clothes labels are large & shows of caring (turning out for a worthy-cause rally) are fully sufficient expressions (while government, charities, agencies will see to the work of it); want what they want and want it now but struggling to buy; conversationally shallow because relating consists of shared time watching video movies; short on loyalty & wary of commitment; all values are relative...must tolerate all peoples; self-absorbed and suspicious of all organization; computer generation; survivors as individuals; cautious; skeptical, unimpressed with authority, self-reliant. 1965-1984 the "hip-Hop" generation.
 1980-1994
(millennial cycle)

 the Mosaics 

generation Y

the Millennials

["Bridgers" 1977-1994]


the Net generation

echo boomers

[? civic]

 80 million undefined as yet; school problems with drugs, shootings, rape; the internet generation; buy it now...online. But, stronger sense of morals for the common good. Expect employment boundaries with job being a defined segment of life.
 1970s-1990s  generation Me   overconfident & product of the enhance self-esteem movement & public-school academic grading inflation; be yourself & true to yourself (resulting in a self centered orientation); body tattoo & piercing;
 1980-1990  Great Recession generation   especially affected by the recession 12/2007-6/2011and slow job market and problems thereof becoming independent
 1995-  generation Z    

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(posted Sept. 1998; latest addition 18 January 2011)