A Generation Thing

The cover of this book says, “How baby boomers are changing the way we live today.” I want to say I believe this book is a little off a generation. I think the credit goes to Generation X instead.

The baby boomer started in 1946, right after the second World War. It ended in 1964. They followed the silent generation. Most baby boomers were or are children of the silent generation. So you see they had the most difficult to make any real change that this book gives them credit for. They were held back because of the silent generation didn’t want to rock the boat. They felt that they had it so good. Employers took better care of their employees and their families before the government interfered.

The silent generation had big families in hoping that their kids would take care of them in their old age. Yet at the same time, they were rough around the edges and came across as sometimes being abusive. The wives stayed home barefoot and pregnant to cook and clean; while the husbands went out to make a living. Yet somehow, they were able to make it on one income.

I will give the baby boomers the credit for the birth of rock and roll. The silent generation was in shock when rock and roll started. They felt that it was devil’s music. Because of the birth of rock and roll, started in the 50’s.

I just missed by a year from being a baby boomer, making me a Generation X. Generation X started in 1965 and ended in 1980. They are known as being resourceful, independent, and keen on maintaining work life balance. The baby boomer may had started something with changing the way we live today; but it was the later generation X that was more able to complete the process, once the silent generation passed away. They were held back out of fear of change and rocking the boat.

People my generation and older would pretty much stay at one job, no matter how bad it may be. We were less likely to quit. We would just take the abuse just because of the benefits.

There wasn’t much job opportunities for the older generations as it is now. So you could say that the Generation X was somewhat responsible for creating more job opportunities.

The Generation X was product of the sexual revolution. There were less women staying home barefoot and pregnant. They were out bringing home the bacon as well as the man. The Feminist Movement started during the birth of Generation X. That was the generation that started the single mothers without leaving a bad taste in some people and even the church’s mouth.

I was born to a single mother, who chose to raised me and worked as well. They proved that they didn’t need a man around. The silent generation was very critical of that. They felt that it was rather shameful and a sin to have a child out of wedlock. The church really frown on that; especially the Catholic Church. Some people still do frown on single mother. Some say that young boys needs a father around to help raised them. I think I came out alright. For the first 5 years, I had my uncles and older cousins. After that, came my step-dad who was more of a dad than my real father. As my mother would say, “any many can father a child; but it takes a real man to be a dad.”

When I was in high school, there were few young girls getting pregnant, keeping the child and still getting their education to get a good paying job.

We lived the good simple life before computers and smartphones. It was a much different world back then. Kids were able to be kids. They actually played outside instead of on the computers or social media.

You knew your neighbors and you knew where your kids were; not like today.

I didn’t have computer training in high school because computers was just slowly starting to pick up. We were taught the basic 3 R’s; whereas today they are taught on the computers at an early age. I started getting more computer training in college.

After Generation X, came the Millennials, born 1980 to 1994. The Generation Z was born in 1995 to 2012.

The average millennial owes 10% on mortgage and credit cards debt.

Yet at the same time, the millennials isn’t as loyal as the older generations. I’ll talk more on that subject in part 2 next week.

Where the silent generation was more loyal to their employers of the generations. All because they didn’t want to rock the boat; much like the baby boomers and Generation X.

They were considered to be harder worker because they felt they had to just to get ahead and make a living.

The Generation Z is the generation that is so ingrained in social media. They are more technologically advanced than the rest of us. Yet at the same time, they are more apt to be lazier. When you see them, they have their heads down into their smartphones. If you ask them to do something, without looking up, they just grunt at you. They are more likely to be living at home in the basement, not paying rent or helping their parents out. They feel that they don’t have to. They expect mommy and daddy to take care of everything for them. They don’t even want to imagine their parents dying, leaving them all alone and someday being force to actually do any work.

I don’t know about you; but it scares the hell out of me to think that the Generation Z will be the generation that could end up taking care of us if ever we end up in a nursing home. Anytime you see that generation, they have their heads down in their smartphones, walking, driving, or sitting. They are not paying attention to their surroundings around them. If we ever needs something, they would just grunt at us without looking up from their phones. Our cane would become our weapons to beat them to get their attentions.

I don’t know about you, the cell phones should not be in their hands while they are at work. Put the phone in your pocket or not have it until you are done with work.

The Generation Z expect everything to be freely available to them. They are less likely to get a job. The government likes that too.

I could go on but I think you get the message. Remember, it’s a generation thing! Each generation has their own things you may agree with or not. Next week, we’ll continue with part 2; which will be on loyalty.