We live in an age when one can meet seven different generations - radically different ones. Each generation has its characteristics, interests, attitude, likes and dislikes, and each approaches technology and life quite differently.
Incredible technological changes made it difficult to live in the same society with many of them. For such a broad topic, I went in search of generations existed in the 20th century. According to which there have been five generations living in 20th century and the division of every “generation category” differs, depending on the age range of 18 to 25.
20th Century Generations:
GI Generation/Greatest Generation - born 1901-1926
Mature/Silents - born 1927- 1945
Baby Boomers - born between 1946 and 1964
Generation X - born between 1965 and 1980
Generation Y/ Millennial - born between 1981 and 2000
Prior to these generations, Lost Generation (1883-1900) also existed. But one can hardly find people living at present or who knows, maybe there are some.
While speaking about technology we come across Baby Boomers most of all, who have lots of difficulties with this innovative world. Generations before Baby Boomers have nothing to do with technology; they are so far from it and live their calm life without even realizing what they miss. On the contrary Baby Boomers try to keep pace with the innovations and the most complains come from their side. That’s why many modern technologies like co-browsing, live chat, screen sharing and many others come to help them.
Generations coming after Baby Boomers very much differ not only from Baby Boomers, but from each other. The Generation X is not very much interested in traditional perks and needs to make clear what they are looking for (having patience to wait), the Generation Y loves challenge, they are flexible, multi- tasking, true team players, but want everything right now.
As for the 21st century, here we already have two generations, and I guess that if before the category range was big enough (18-25 years), now it will change faster, as everything in this world changes at such an enormous speed.
21st Century Generation:
Generation Z/Boomlets – 2001- 2009
Generation A/Alpha, 2010-2025
I’m almost sure that at the end of the 21st century today’s new generations may appear in the same situation as Baby Boomers. Life is like a marathon, and you should run fast to keep up with all the new things.