Saturday, 21 September 2013


After reading an informative and humorous blog called GenXalogy  I wondered what my generation label was.  I hadn't really thought much about it before but along with my obsession keen interest in genealogy and family history comes a level of curiosity about what is apparently called Generationism 
Even though Generationism isn't officially a word in the dictionary anyway.

We've all heard THAT  phrase perhaps that's where Generationism comes from?

Wikipedia says:
"Generationism is the belief that a specific generation has inherent traits which may be labeled inferior or superior to the traits of another generation. The term is usually applied to claims of superiority in the expressed values, valuations, lifestyles and general beliefs of one generation compared to those of another ....
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After "Googling" the various generational labels it seems there are differing ideas on what years constitute which label.

Wikipedia calls Generation X  (1966 - 1976),  Generation Y, roughly early 80's to 2000,  Generation Z  current.
I thought I was a Baby Boomer  (1946-1964) ...  but no, there is another one.  
I belong to Generation Jones !!   (1957- 1966) 

There is now a Generation Alpha!  

In an article in the Sydney Morning Herald a couple of years ago Jane Holroyd breaks down the brands to reveal the who, what, when and why of those born in the past 65 years......... Read more:

An easy to understand explanation of generations from 1912 to 2012 can be read....... Here


  1. That was very interesting reading, Kerryn! I wonder if the generations are understood/labelled differently here compared to America. There was quite a difference between the SMH article and Mr. Schroer's explanation: the SMH article reflected the ideas I'm more used to.

    1. Thanks GenX! I was totally confused by the end of my search ;)

  2. Terrific post, Kerryn.
    I'm glad someone hasd finally split us "baby boomers" up. I was born straight after the war (1946) and was lumped together with my eldest boy who had VERY different life experiences, indeed. Of course the descriptions are over-generalisations because my mum was a child of the Depression and certainly did not exhibit those characteristics/ beliefs! ... but no worries. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading and especially the super duper cartoons :-D

    1. Thanks Catherine, I can't say I agree with all their descriptions but some are scarily spot on LOL