Are You A Part of Generation X Or Y?
Each successive generation comes with its specific traits and outlook on life. As one generation takes over from the previous one there is a shift in individual perspectives but also in the overall cultural, economic, political and social fabric of a society. On the other hand, the state of the economy, technology and social trends affect the behavior of generations so it is a two way process of effect.
Generation X are usually people who were born between the years of 1965-1981 while generation Y comes after them in the approximate range of 1982-2000. After the year 2000, generation Z starts.
Both generations have an interesting relationship with each other. They are intrigued and fascinated with each other but at the same time wary and confused as well. They borrow traits and behaviors from each other but they also don’t like to be associated with each other. Each generation thinks they are the coolest and know best.
- Gen X has a low level of trust towards authority. They have seen events that have made them skeptical of governments and a little of that trend continues in Gen Y, but their mistrust is more of the individual. This could be a result of the danger obsessed media or their overprotective parents.
- Gen X grew up with parents who were distant and strict. They took care of them but were never too obsessed or overly nurturing. Gen Y grew up with over involved parents who were always hovering and interested in every detail of their life.
- Gen Xers are more pragmatic in their approach towards life. Gen Yers seem to follow their heart a lot more and live in more of an ideal, less practical world.
- Gen X is more grounded, more stable while Gen Yers are always looking for the next step, the bigger picture and are more anxious to move forward.
- Generation X understands what it is to work hard, while Gen Y has a sense of entitlement that sometimes bursts their bubble when they enter the real world.
- Gen X was born with much less distraction around them so learnt to be focused as well as figured out ways of entertaining themselves. Gen Yers need more attention, more activity and constant innovations.
- Gen Xers are a little uncomfortable with technology and almost envious of the ease with which their children navigate the latest gadgets. They are virtually connected but prefer simpler tools like emails to manic options such as Twitter. Gen Yers have embraced technology whole heartedly and kept up with the times.
There are of course exceptions and these behaviors do not cover everyone as the spectrum of people who fall in these categories is very wide. There are however certain differences between the two groups that can easily be observed and the gap between generations seems to be grower larger with time.