What are the popular names that define each decade from 1930s through 2000?
Generations occur about every 10 years in today's society. Prior to the 1900s they would occur from 20 to 100 years as society did not evolve much during those time periods. The contributing factors for a generational shift include the following:
1. Global influence by world leaders/events
2. Popular music/movies/books
3. Shared Hardships
4. Defining characteristics in clothing, hair styles and other styles
5. Shared vision
Generations cannot be defined by decades per say, however they can be defined in 10 year blocks as illustrated below:
Children born in the 1900's through early 1910s and grew up in the 10's and 20's are commonly referred to as the Flapper Generation coined for the popular dance of the time. Not all people danced or agreed with the dress and actions of a few, yet that few clearly and uniquely identified that time period.
Children born in the late 10's and early 20's and grew up in the 20's and 30's were often referred to as the Displaced Laborers. With the increase in immigration, cheaper labor and a declining economy, many young adults flocked to cities to find work and many found themselves homeless after the depression living in tent cities called Hoovervilles.
Children born in the late 20's and early 30' and grew up in the 30's and 40's are known as Depression Era Generation. This generation became extremely frugal and cautious after watching parents and older family members struggling to free them.
Children born in the late 30's and early 40's and grew up in the 40's and 50's are a lost generation. Some have referred to this group as War Birds and War Brides, others have referred to the generation as the Age of War as WWII influenced the lives and attitudes of the generation.
Children born in the late 40's through 50's and grew up in the 50's and 60's are known as the Baby Boomers. This generation came about supposedly due to the return of soldiers from war. The population boom in the United States spiked higher than any other point in US history.
Children born in the late 50's and early 60's and grew up in the 60's and 70's are often referred to as the Peace Generation or the Hippie Generation. This generation is known for their flagrancy and disregard for authority in protest against social norms and government decisions.
Children born in the late 60's and early 70's and grew up in the 70's and 80's are another lost generation. However, during the 80's the term Me Generation was created to define the narcissistic nature of the clothing and style obsessed teens and young adults of the time period.
Children born in the late 70's and early 80's and grew up in the 80's and 90's are referred to as the X-Generation. This group became so radically different in their views by blending from all previous generations and adding it's own flavor of angst and anger while benefiting from a strengthening economy.
Children born in the late 80's and early 90's and grew up in the 90's and 00's have recently been described by Scott Sequoia as the E-Generation for the growing dependency on technology including cell phones and the internet.
This information was sourced from the book, 'From the Me Generation to the E-Generation, a guide for understanding today's tech savvy youth' by Scott Sequoia. Scott.firstname.lastname@example.org