That's what I said when I left my grandpa's place in HK this past weekend... Not only is my grandpa another Tyler Florence, creating the most amazing foods, he teaches me so much about generations... how generations are influenced by the events that occur in the phases of our life. It is very interesting because based on the historical precedence, you can then begin to foresee how future generations might act and believe. (Good for marketing eh?) I learned about the binding of my great grandma's feet, the Cultural Revolution, my grandparent's resilience after a crisis, and how all of that affected their perspectives.
This prompted me to read some awesome research completed by Neil Howe and William Strauss who are known to write about generations. Take a look at their descrīption of
Generation X (born 1961-1981, now age 27-47). Remember this descrīption is for the United States. Does it fit you?
Generation X grew up in an era of failing schools and marriages, when the collective welfare of children sank to the bottom of the nation's priorities, and dozens of films portrayed children who were literally demons or throwaway survivalists. Xers learned early on to distrust institutions, starting with the family, as the adult world was rocked by the sexual revolution, the rise in divorce, and an R-rated popular culture. With their mothers entering the workplace before childcare was widely available, many endured a latchkey childhood. By the mid-1980s MTV, hip-hop, and a surging interest in business and military careers had marked a new and hardening pragmatism in their mood. Surveys (and pop culture) pointed to greater risk taking among the young. Over the next decade crime and teen preganancy rates soared. After navigating a sexual battleground of AIDS and blighted courtship rituals as young adults, Xers have dated cautiously and married late. Many of them have begun to construct the strong families that they missed in childhood. In jobs they prefer free agency over corporate loyalty, with three in five saying they someday "want to be my own boss." They are already the greatest entrepreneurial generation in US history; their high-tech savvy and marketplace resilience have helped America prosper in the era of gloalization. Of all the generations born in the twentieth century, Gen X includes the largest share of immigrants. Xers have made barely any impression in civic life; they believe that volunteering or helping people one-on-one is more efficacious than voting or working to change laws.
The Millennials (born 1982 to roughly 2005)have seen steady decreases in high-risk behavīors. As the oldest of them graduate into the workplace, record numbers are gravitating toward large institutions...seeking teamwork, protection against risk, and solid work-life balance. Their culture is becoming less edgy with a new focus on upbeat messages and big brands, and more conventional, with a resurgence of oldies and remakes. Their close relationships with their parents and extended families are carrying over into their young adult lives."
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