I have realized why I find it hard to remember the nickname of any generation but my own. I am a Baby Boomer, from the generation immediately following the end of World War II.
Here is what I found on the Internet following a quick Google search:
The Greatest Generation – 1901-1926
The Silent Generation – 1927-1945
The Baby Boomers – 1946-1964
Gen X – 1965-1976
Millennials or Gen Y – 1977-1995
Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials – 1996 to present
Of course, all of these designations are subject to the whims of whoever is writing them.
I just realized, however, that the real reason I seem to object to them is that once again, we are trying to put people in boxes and stereotypes. It is kind of a different version of putting people into categories like men and women, straight, gay, transgender, black, white, Asian, whatever.
Is this demographic stereotyping just another form of prejudice or bias?
What annoys me is that as an educator, I keep getting information that tells me that I have to treat the current generation differently because of the ‘way they are.’ Are they really that different? Yes, they grew up in a different time period, but aren’t they still human beings and is it really possible to categorize them just according to age group? Is my generation really better because we grew up without the Technology and the Media?
In the end, I guess it is just impossible for human beings to not try and search out ways of stereotyping and then using that for or against a particular group.
I intend to continue my strike against trying to remember values and philosophies of the so-called different groups and just think of them as people. Wouldn’t it just be nice if we didn’t have to do this?