Sunday, December 23, 2012

Generation Z

It occurred to me this morning how the labeling of people as Generation X and Y and now Z is so fitting. As Z is the last letter of the alphabet, so will this generation be the last of this age.

The following is collected from Wikipedia pages.

Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X, is the generation born after the Western post–World War II baby boom. Demographers, historians and commentators use beginning birth dates from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. The term was popularized by Douglas Coupland's 1991 novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture.

Generation Y, also known as the Millennial Generation, is the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when Generation Y starts and ends. Commentators use beginning birth dates from the latter 1970s, or the early 1980s to the early 2000s (decade). The phrase Generation Y first appeared in an August 1993 Ad Age editorial to describe teenagers of the day, which they defined as different from Generation X, and then aged 12 or younger as well as the teenagers of the upcoming ten years. Since then, the company has sometimes used 1982 as the starting birth year for this generation. "Generation Y" alludes to a succession from "Generation X." Millennials are sometimes called Echo Boomers, due to the significant increase in birth rates during the 1980s and into the 1990s.

Generation Z is a name used in the media (although other terms exist) for the cohort of people who are born from the late 1990s or early 2000s to the present day who are distinct from the preceding Millennial Generation. Other terms include iGeneration, Generation@ and Net Generation. Terms specific to the United States include Generation 9/11 due to their post-9/11 childhoods.

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