Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Embracing Generational Differences ; YOUTH RESOURCES

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Embracing Generational Differences ; YOUTH RESOURCES

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In 1965, the band The Who released one of their most popular songs, "My Generation," with the catchy lyrics "People try to put us down - Talkin" bout my generation." While this song was a favorite of the' 60s, many generations can relate and often feel misunderstood by other generations.

In the United States, there are six living generations. The youngest generation often is referred to as Generation Z, Generation Now or the iGeneration and includes teenagers to young 20-somethings. This generation has never known a world without the Internet, cellphones or iPods. They have grown up in a world shaped by Columbine and the war on terror.

Generation Y or Millennials as they often are called are the next oldest generation. They were born between 1981-2000. They are a generation that values individuality, technology and they were the first to experience vast use of cellphones. They grew up embracing diversity, in an era of gang activity and violence, and tend to be globally concerned.

Generation X is the name given to the previous generation. Born from approximately 1964-1980, this generation often is referred to as the pop culture generation or the MTV generation. They were influenced by "Sesame Street" as a kid and then MTV as teenagers.

They grew up playing Gameboys and may or may not have had a desktop computer in their homes. They were referred to as the first "latchkey kids" and grew up during an era when the divorce rate tripled.

Baby boomers were born from 1946-1964, after World War II. According the U.S. census data, the baby boomers are one of the largest generations with almost 79 million babies born during this time. They were influenced by suburbia, TV, Vietnam, Watergate, protests, the human rights movement, drugs and rock' n' roll.

The oldest living generation often is referred to as the greatest generation and can be divided into two sections - the GI generation and the silent generation.

The phrase "The Greatest Generation" is a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw and describes a generation who grew up in the United States during the Great Depression and were born before and during the mid-1920s. …

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