How Old Are These People? Cohort Birthyears for Baby Boomers and Gens X & Y


Whenever I hear about Gen X or Gen Y, I can never remember when they were supposed to have been born. I can remember the Baby Boomers…that’s it. I don’t know why the information just won’t stick. Maybe because it doesn’t include me. Who cares about anyone younger, right?

Then I thought, maybe you aren’t sure about this either, so I decided to put this out there.

I found the following information on MentalFloss. According to them, the Pew Research Center is trying to lock down the years of birth a little better than it has been in the past. Here is how they have the demographics broken down:

Silent Generation 1928-1945
Baby Boomers 1946-1964
Generation X 1965-1980
Generation Y 1981-1996 (aka Millennials)
Generation Z 1997 to present (aka Post-Millennials)

Why are Millennials bound by 1981 and 1996? Pew Research says that this cohort is old enough to have experienced and understood 9/11 as children and the Great Recession in 2008 as young adults.

Another way to split the cohorts is by dominant technology.

Baby Boomers saw the television become popular.
Generation X was there for the computer revolution.
Generation Y grew up with the internet as just another utility.

Of course, there are those of us who upset the apple cart because we like to stretch out those generations. For example, by this reckoning, my parents were both born before the Silent Generation. My brothers and my husband are definitely Baby Boomers and so am I, by the skin of my teeth. My parents almost had 3 Boomers and a Gen Xer. (Sounds like a movie title.)

My kids are considered Post-Millenials, so a Baby Boomer skipped two cohorts to have kids. Don’t ask me why. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Hmmm. I wonder what my kids’ cohort will be known as? Let’s cross our fingers it isn’t for fighting World War III.

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