By Judith E. Lipson, M.A., LPC
Are the generations evolving?
Who are these young people who are changing paradigms?
I’m technically part of the Baby Boomer generation. As teens and young adults many of us were called hippies. Though I was aware of hippies during my teen years and wore a few hippie-type outfits (although a true hippie would have scoffed), I know I was not a hippie. But I did agree with many of our generation’s mottos, particularly: “Question authority”, and “Make love, not war”. We were very proud of ourselves for seeing the world differently, and not bowing to the establishment’s pre-conceived notions. We really believed things would be different and that we were the ones to make that happen.
Fast-forward to the subsequent generations. The Center for Generational Kinetics believes that “generations are not cute stories or catchy memes, but groupings of people who help us to see them and the world differently – and more clearly. They make their mark on society and history.” According to the Center:
- Baby Boomers were born 1946-1964
- Gen X was born 1965 to 1976
- Millenials (also called Gen Y) are currently the largest group of employees and consumers and were born 1977 to 1995
- Gen Z was born 1996 to the present.This group is recognized by the fact that 9/11 has always been a memory to them.
Unfortunately, Gen Z seems to have another tragedy in common as well. As I listen to today’s children and teens, one key component of their life is that they all have been affected by the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School. These students’ school experiences [Read more…]