This chart clarifies and defines each of these groups.


Generation X is the generation born between the early 1960s and early 1980s, and connected to the pop culture of the 1980s and 1990s they grew up in. The term has been used in demography, the social sciences, and marketing, though it is most often used in popular culture. Most of this generation are children of The Baby Boomers and The Silent Generation. Those born before 1973 spent most of their teen years in the 1980s. The MTV Generation is a term sometimes used to refer to people born from the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s. As a group, they constituted the youth culture at the turn of the Millennium, ranging from age 15 to 25 in 2000. “Boomerang Generation” is one of several terms applied to the current generation of young adults in Western culture, born approximately between 1975 and 1986. They are so named for the frequency with which they choose to live with their parents after a brief period of living alone – thus boomeranging back to their place of origin.


Generation Y, sometimes referred to as “Millennials”, refers to individuals born, roughly, between 1982 and 1994. These are usually the children of Baby Boomers and people in early Gen X. Generation Y grew up with many world-changing events including the rise of mass communication and the Internet. The Y Generation is known as a Culture War “battleground” with growing disagreements between conservative and progressive perspectives.


Gen Z are the group born since just before the start of the Millennium. Experts differ on when the earliest members of Generation Z were born, ranging from 1990 to 2001, though a majority opinion claims about 1996. Several other names have been used to refer to this population group, including “Generation V” (for virtual), “Generation C” (for community or content), “Generation Cox”, “The New Silent Generation”, the “Internet Generation”, the “Homeland Generation”, or even the “Google Generation”.
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