Differences between the Generations

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Harris Teeter Cafe

9600 Falls of Neuse Rd. · Raleigh, nc

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Enter Harris Teeter and turn right. The café is in the front corner of the store.

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How do the BABY BOOMERS differ from the MILLENNIALS? And what about GENERATION X, and even Z's? Is it true that the newer generation feel more entitled, and that those born in the 60's and before were more reckless, tough, and optimistic? Have the boomers exploited the financial resources for the millennials? Why do so many of today's teenagers have anxiety issues? Let's explore these differences, and discuss how they shape us as individuals trying to live together in the same society.

BABY BOOMERS: 1946–1964 (54–72 years old)
GENERATION X: 1965–1980 (38–53 years old)
MILLENNIALS/Y: 1981–1996 (22–37 years old)
GENERATION Z: 1997–Present (0–21 years old)

RESPECT
We ask that no one interrupts another while they are speaking. Also, to keep any individual from dominating the group, speaking time for each person will be limited to about a minute.

HOW TO FIND US:
Enter Harris Teeter and turn right. The café is in the front corner of the store.

BRUNCH:
The discussion starts at 12:00, but I will arrive around 11:30 for brunch. You can join me if you wish, or just come for the discussion. The Harris Teeter café offers a buffet that has a wide variety of food, including sesame chicken, rice, potatoes, fruits, salads, and more. There's a coffee machine next to our tables.

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BOOMERS
Optimistic
Idealistic
Athletic
Workaholics
Adventurous
Self-righteous
Career Climbers
Played more outside
Used their imagination more
Patient (things weren’t as readily available)
Use technology as a tool instead of connectivity

GEN X'ers
Pessimistic
Cynical
Skeptical
Street smart
Individualistic
“Latch-key kids”
Entrepreneurial
Incur much debt
Divorced parents
Into labels and brand names
Late to marry, quick to divorce
Introduced to computers in school

MILLENNIALS
Inactive
Entitled
Cerebral
Confident
Informed
Depressed
Sophisticated
Technology-driven
Poor interpersonal skills
Aren’t as sexually active
“Live more in their rooms”
Slower to move out on their own
Except instant access to everything
Want a better lifestyle, not just work
First generation to be “digital natives”
Have learned the word isn’t safe (guns)
Have been repeatedly told that they are special
Don’t get in as much trouble as past generations

GENERATION Z's
Tolerant
Lonely
Multi-taskers
Prone to panic attacks
Feel pressured to succeed
Many have anxiety issues
Suffer from identity crisis
Have never known a world without computers
Helicopter parents who are obsessed with their kids

Y & Z's tend to think instead of feel.

The Millennials were influenced by 3 things — September 11th, the Iraq War, and the Great Recession. They aren't likely to ever forget that. Gen Z was too young to remember those things well or experience them in a direct way. It's fashionable among the current high school students to parody & ridicule “social justice warriors.” But their social justice warriors are a caricature of the real thing.