In the U.S. we refer to the generations by nicknames such as Baby Boomers and Gen Y. I did not know what Gen Y actually meant, so I did some research on the Generation “names”. I culled a list from Wikipedia. This is a generalized list and there are varied names for some of the generations, but this is how they are broadly referred to in the Western World. My summary:
Born between 1883-1900: “The Lost Generation”, those who fought in World War I.
Born 1901-1924: “The Greatest Generation”, or the G.I. Generation, or Flaming Youth, includes those who grew up to serve in WWII.
Born 1925-1942: “The Silent Generation”, also known as Depression babies because of the impact the Great Depression had on their lives. WWII babies, Post-War generation, Seekers, and The Lucky Few. Described as hard working, silent, fatalistic, cautious, indifferent.
Born 1946-1964: “Baby Boomers”, a large group born after World War II, in a time of increasing affluence. Boomers think of themselves as a special generation, very different from any that came before them. Many boomers feel they helped change the world.
Born early 1960′s- early 1980′s: “Generation X”. Gen X’ers refer to those born after the Post WWII baby boom ended. No definitive dates are given for this generation.
Born late 1970′s or early 1980′s to early 2000′s: “Generation Y” or “Millennial Generation”. Gen Y’ers or Millennials have no precise dates for starting and ending of this generation, but it is the generation following Generation X.
Born early 2000′s-present: “Generation Z”: Gen Z’ers are the current young group who follow the Gen Y’ers.
Interestingly, while bouncing around on google and landing on several quotes and stories, the term “ENTITLED GENERATION” popped up, referring occasionally to every generation from Boomers, to Gen X, to Gen Y and Z. If you are not from the Lost, Greatest, or Silent Generations, the other generations are now and then described in part as the most SPOILED and ENTITLED generations.
As a Boomer myself, I disagree with that personally, because I have a strong work ethic. I got my first job at the young age of 11 (ironing clothes for .10 cents a piece) and babysitting regularly for many years until I was old enough to get a ‘real’ job. I have always worked. I also put myself through college without any aid from my parents.
A bit spoiled or not, my own grown children turned out great and I am very proud of them. When my husband and I lost our jobs during the big Recession, our kids were generous and compassionate and helped us for over a year. They are gifted and caring citizens, responsible workers, creative and talented people, loving spouses and wonderful parents. I look forward to seeing my “Gen Z” grandchildren grow up to be as delightful as their parents, and I wish and pray the best for you and yours too.