The generation gap

Re our discussions regarding the perilous state of the nations, etc. my overall feeling is that surely all must eventually come to a head, given that most all are dissatisfied by the current political parties, the state of the economies etc.

So I started by checking the definitions http://suite101.com/article/veterans-baby-boomers-gen-x-gen-y-and-gen-z-a185353

1.       Baby boomers – those such as us – know that life can be better, but maybe it’s a little late for us ? BTW, I thought that the following pretty much hit the nail on the head: http://suite101.com/article/what-do-baby-boomers-want-and-need-a195846 e.g. most Boomers know when some Madison Avenue kid is trying to hustle them. And this wonderful description of my childhood:

What made Boomers this way? They grew up in a time with three TV stations and one TV per household. There were no movies on DVD. So Boomer children had to be creative.

  • Boomers made up games with a tennis ball and some sticks.
  • They ate Hostess Cupcakes but never got fat because they were always playing outside.
  • They stayed out until it was too dark to see and their parents were never exactly sure where their Boomer children were.
  • They snuck over to the lake and went swimming when their parents told them not to.
  • Boomer kids had no cell phones, so they walked over to their friends’ houses to talk to them. Sometimes, kids didn’t even knock and just went into their friends’ houses, as if their neighbors’ houses were their own.

Can a Gen X or Gen Y ever understand people like this?

2.       The article on Gen Y http://suite101.com/article/generation-y-a89376 explained quite a lot:

The colossal World Values Survey shows that only one-third of young people across Europe are interested in politics, and three-quarters said they did not think politics was important for their lives. Only a minority of young people were shown to have actually engaged in politics – 28 percent had signed a petition, 22 percent had attended a demonstration, and nine percent had joined boycotts. Only six percent belonged either to a political party, a trade union, an environmental organization, or a professional association.

In short, it appears as though the politician’s free ride will continue for the foreseeable future.

Depressing, ain’t it ?

10 Responses to “The generation gap”

  1. dearieme July 23, 2012 at 11:27 Permalink

    Really, what balls. In my case it was one TV station and no TV per household (until I was seven). And I never swam in a lake, using the river and the sea. And I never ate a cupcake, being an apples sort of a chap. See: quite different.

  2. A K Haart July 23, 2012 at 14:43 Permalink

    “Boomers made up games with a tennis ball and some sticks.”

    No, it was matches and sticks – I remember it well.

  3. James Higham July 23, 2012 at 15:02 Permalink

    Dearieme – we had it toof. We used t’lick road clean ….

    AKH – sometimes it was a stick in the ground and you threw a stick at it from a distance.

  4. lordsomber July 23, 2012 at 17:40 Permalink

    Us older X-ers remember those bullet points all too well.

  5. Moggsy July 24, 2012 at 12:06 Permalink

    Well I read all about the age co-horts and now I can cofidently place my outlook in.. er that is.. split between Depression Era & WWII Seniors/Baby BoomerI and maybe also some II/ but more Generation X and then some Y. Who knew?

    Not much Z in there… yet.

    Eat your hearts out marketing guys.

  6. Twilight July 24, 2012 at 18:42 Permalink

    Oh no!!!!! Not more stereotyping, generalisation and labelling. Why isn’t this kind of thing categorised as pseudo scientific claptrap – it’s only a spit away from astrology and y’all know y’all’s opinion of that. ;-)

  7. haiku July 25, 2012 at 10:32 Permalink

    @dearieme -

    Well, if the truth be known … I grew up in Durban [South Africa for the Americans :) ] so

    1. No TV … TV was only introduced to South Africa in 1976.
    2. Durban has great beaches, so no lakes either.
    3. Cupcakes were limited to birthday parties, along with Kool-Aid and jelly-beans;
    4. Durban is tropical, so most houses and vacant lots had fruit trees. Hunger was normally satisfied by grabbing something to eat off the nearest tree: depending on the season one had the choice of [free] mangoes / avocados / guavas / bananas / various berries etc.
    5. Luncheons – a peanut butter sandwich – were served by whoever’s house we were in at the time.
    6. All our mothers knew was that we left after an early breakfast and returned after dark: as to where we were between those times was anybody’s guess.

    Definitely the best of times …

  8. James Higham July 25, 2012 at 19:33 Permalink

    we left after an early breakfast and returned after dark

    I had to be back before dark.

  9. haiku July 25, 2012 at 20:11 Permalink

    Ah … not sure what the psychiatrists will make of that :)

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