‘Cultural Generations’ via wikipedia

via wikipedia, Cultural generations , i.e., “Baby Boomer” and “Generation X.”

Generation X:

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. Before that, it had been used for various subcultures or countercultures after the 1950s.

Generation Y:

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 early 1980s to the early 2000s.

Generation Z:

Generation Z is one name used for the cohort of people born after the Millennial Generation. There is no agreement on the exact dates of the generation with some sources starting it at the mid or late 1990s or from the mid-2000s to the present day. This is the generation which is currently being born.

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You’re Lost Between "Baby Boomer" and "Generation X" If…

You remember when Jordache jeans with a flat-handle comb in the back pocket was cool.

Any photograph of you shows you wearing an Izod shirt with the collar turned up.

You know any "Weird Al" Yankovic songs by heart.

You’ve ever rung someone’s doorbell and said "Landshark!"

You were once bowled over by the technological excellence of such products as Atari, IntelliVision, TelStar and Coleco.

You remember the premier of MTV–or worse yet, you remember its predecessor, "Friday Night Videos."

You and your friends ever discussed having a reunion at the end of the century and playing Prince’s "1999."

A predominant color in your childhood photos is plaid.

You remember when music that was labeled "alternative" really was alternative, and when "alternative comedy" was really funny.

You took family trips BEFORE the invention of the minivan.

You rode in the back of the station wagon facing the cars behind you (The WAYBACK seat).

You’ve recently horrified yourself by using any one of the following phrases: "You know, back when…," "When I was your age…," or "When I was younger…"

Schoolhouse Rock played a HUGE part in how you learned things like grammar, math and history. (A big hint here is if the only way you can recite the Preamble to the Constitution is by singing it.)

You ever dressed to look like someone in a Madonna, Cyndi Lauper or Duran Duran video.

You remember your first kiss with someone having happened while either "Leather and Lace" or "Crazy for You" was playing.

You remember with pain the day the Green Machine hit the streets (or the sidewalks), instantly making your Big Wheel obsolete.

The age-old question "Where’s the beef?" still makes you laugh.

You remember when film critics raved that no movie could ever possibly have more advanced special effects than "TRON."

You had a crush on Ted the photographer on "Love Boat," Gage from "Emergency," or Ponch from "CHIPS."

Your hair at some point in time in the ’80s could only be described by saying, "I was experimenting."

You’ve ever shopped at Benetton. 2 You’re starting to believe that having the kids in school year-round wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.

You’re currently employed doing something that has absolutely nothing to do with your college major.

U2 is too popular and mainstream for you now.

You remember trying to guess which episode of "The Brady Bunch" it was by the first scene.

You had a front-row seat (i.e., blew off one or more classes for Luke and Laura’s wedding on "GH."

Your parents wanted you to attend medical school, but you decided it was pointless since Quincy got all the babes anyway.

You know who shot J.R.

You recall when Love’s Baby Soft was in every girl’s Christmas stocking.

This rings a bell: "My name is Charlie, and they work for me."

You were unsure if Diet Coke would ever catch on. (Related item: you were sure that "New Coke" would NEVER catch on.)

You know all the words to the double-album set of the "Grease" soundtrack.

You’ve ever had a Dorothy Hamill haircut.

You sat with your friends on any given Friday night circa 1982 and dialed 867-5309 to see if Jenny was actually there.

"All skate, change directions" means something to you.

You’ve ever owned a pair of rainbow suspenders like the ones Mork used to wear.

You bought a pair of Vans and wanted to order a pizza in history class so you could be just like Jeff Spicoli. (Related item: if you’ve ever smacked yourself in the head with a shoe and exclaimed, "I’m so wasted!")

You owned a Preppy Handbook.

You were too young to see "Blue Lagoon," so you just had to settle for the second-hand reports.

You remember when movies were only PG and R.

You learned to swim at about the same time "Jaws" came out….and still carry the emotional scars to prove it.

You remember when your cable TV box had a sliding selector switch… and your "cable remote" was connected to the TV by CORD!

Your jaw would ache by the time you finished one of those brick-sized packages of Bazooka

You remember Bo and Luke Duke, Daisy, Boss Hogg, or–worst of all–what Sheriff Roscoe’s full name was.

Your parents paid $2,000 for a top-loading VCR that was almost the size of a coffee table.

You found nothing strange about Bert and Ernie living together.

You remember having a rotary phone.

You actually believed that Mikey–famed kid on the Life cereal commercials–died after eating Pop Rocks and rinking a Coke.

"Members Only" jackets…say no more.

And lastly, I’ll make a song stick in your head for the rest of the day: …you actually remember the words to the the theme song of "The Greatest American Hero."

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