Based on one’s age or the year they were born, an individual can fall into any of the following groups – Babyboomers (1946 to 1964), Generation X or Gen X (1965 to 1980), Millennials (1981 to 1996), and Gen Z (1997 to 2012). Though the year of birth has been mentioned in exact numbers, the precise boundary is blurred and subjected to overlapping. Each generation’s behaviors and attitudes may differ demographically, culturally, and geographically. However, it must be noted that each succeeding generation has some behavioral qualities learned and corrected from the previous.
Predecessor generations feel succeeding generations as naive and less serious about their life. On the contrary, the younger generation considers, the older ones outdated and out of touch with the latest world developments.
My birth year makes me a Mr. Millennial; however, when I see other generations’ attitudes and behavioral patterns, I can see myself in all of them in some way or the other. You may feel the same way. However, to understand the difference, we must start interacting with people from different generations and analyze their views and approach toward a particular topic. For example, take the case of technology. Suppose you toss the concept of cloud computing or artificial intelligence to individuals falling into different categories. In that case, you will be amazed to realize how different we all are – in thinking, understanding, learning, and even utilizing. However, we live in the same world simultaneously, even while belonging to the same residing.
I happened to interact with one Gen Z person. I was astonished to realize how mature the person is, given the very young age. Usually, millennials are accused of superficiality and shallowness. But when I saw a Gen Z evolution from its predecessor’s state to an advanced level, I wondered if each generation corrects its predecessor’s mistake and invents an entirely different set of ‘short-falls’ that its succeeding generations will rectify. Indeed, we learn from other’s mistakes, and the mistakes we make become lessons for others.