Word of the Week 5/12/18

Generation Y

By Annette Rey

Since there is no distinct dateline for Generation Ys, it’s good to get some clarity on this group. You may have occasion to write something related to this subject. Either way, you may want to understand when you are exposed to the conversation.

Generation Y people are generally those born in the 1980s and 1990s. That is a broad dateline. If you find something more specific, please let me know.

Generation Y people are also known by other monikers:

  • Echo boomers – that is, they are children of the children born after WWII. The children born after WWII are known as baby boomers.
  • Millennials
  • Internet Generation
  • IGen
  • Net Generation

There is another separate category of people called The Lost Generation. Those are the people born in the years 1954-1964. I found this information on the internet and I don’t fully understand this group designation. The reasoning for this group’s moniker is given as these people who were born between children born in the baby boom and aren’t considered part of Generation X (the generation born preceding Generation Y).

Well, by my understanding, Generation X would be the baby boomers because they wouldn’t even be of age to have children yet. WWII ended in 1945. The baby boomers would fall into the years given to the The Lost Generation (1954-1964).

What is the reasoning behind having the category called The Lost Generation?

What am I missing?

If you have additional information, together let’s get more clarity on this.

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