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The Differences between Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z

Edukasistan.com - Hello everyone! This time I will be discussing about the difference between Generation X, Millennial and Generation Z. Who here feels that they are not too old but also not too young? If you feel that way, congratulations! You belong to the Generation Y, or the Millennial generation.

You must have often heard people talking about the Millennial generation, right? Or maybe you have been referred to as a millennial by older people? Don't feel insulted or sad. In an era like this, we should be proud to be a Millennial.

So, why should we be proud? And, what exactly does the term Millennial mean, why is it called that and what is the difference between Generation X and Z? Follow the complete explanation below!

Definition of Millennial Generation

The Differences between Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z
The Differences between Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z

Typically, the Millennial generation consists of those born between 1981 and 1995. This was the era when computers became popular, along with the popularity of video games, gadgets, smartphones, and the internet. However, at that time, everything related to computers was not as popular as it is now, it could be said that it was still very new!

According to Wikipedia, this generation is called the Millennial generation because it is the only generation to experience the second millennium change after the first generation theory was put forward by sociologist Karl Mannheim in 1923 through his essay entitled "The Problem of Generation."

Based on Mannheim's theory, sociologists in the United States finally divided people into several generations, namely:

  • Depression Generation (70's Generation)
  • World War II Generation (born 1939-1945)
  • Post-WWII Generation (born after World War II)
  • Baby Boomer I Generation (born 1946-1964)
  • Baby Boomer II Generation (continuation of the Baby Boomer I generation)
  • Generation X (born 1965-1980)
  • Generation Y or Millennial (born 1981-1995)
  • Generation Z (born 1996-2012)
  • And the latest generation today is the Generation Alpha (born in 2013).

The division of generations above is based on the birth year range. Although there are differences in the general definition of the birth year range of each generation, in general, it is not too far apart.

In 2019, Millennials would be around 20-30 years old. The thinking pattern and character of Millennials are usually outside the norm, creative, innovative, and of course easily adaptable to new technology.

In addition, most Millennials always want ideal things. For example, in terms of work, Millennials always want to work in a place that is in line with their passion. Because, according to them, working in line with passion is one of the life goals that must be achieved. For those of you who are Millennials, you think like that, don't you?"

Differences between Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z

The differences between these three generations can be seen in their outlook, lifestyle, and technology. However, at the core, every generation has its own uniqueness and is the result of factors such as environment, life experiences, and other social factors.

  • Generation X, born between 1965-1980, is known as a realistic generation with a skeptical outlook on institutions. They are often referred to as the "middle people" as they fall between the Baby Boomer generation and the Millennial generation.
  • Millennials, born between 1981-1995, are known as tech-savvy and open-minded. They seek job satisfaction and flexibility, and have a more optimistic outlook on the world, placing more importance on social and environmental issues.
  • Generation Z, born between 1996-2012, are known to be highly influenced by technology. They have access to a wide and fast range of information and media, making them feel more connected to the world. This generation is also known to be more tolerant and have a broader perspective on issues such as gender and sexual orientation.

So, that's a little about the millennial generation and its differences from Generation X and Z. Regardless of the generation, if you are raised well and have good manners, you should not hesitate to place yourself anywhere and meet many new people.

Remember, it is your behavior that will determine whether others trust you or not. Be a responsible, creative, innovative person, and perform tasks with full dedication. That's the discussion of the Differences between Gen X, Millennial, and Gen Z, hopefully, it's useful and thank you for reading.

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