Baby Boomers Defined
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Baby Boomers were born between 1946-1964, right?  Well, sorta…

Everyone seems to agree on what year Baby Boomers got started. Birth data, not to mention the end of a war, makes it easy. However, it’s tough to find a consensus on the exact year of when to declare that the Baby Boomers stop & Generation X begins.

It makes sense though. It’s a lot like saying that the day before your 18th birthday you’re NOT an adult, but suddenly at midnite…ta-da!…you’re all grown up. Yeah right.

So, let’s see if we can at least get a general idea of what a Baby Boomer looks like. After all, I’m working on figuring out what group I belong to.

According to Wiki-Pedia (not to say it’s an expert opinion or the only one out there…just looking for an apples to apples comparison)

Baby Boomers in General

  • US Census Bureaus says 1946 – 1964
  • Grew up in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Grew up in a time of affluence
  • Truly expected the world to get better with time
  • Think of themselves as a “special generation”
  • Grew up experiencing significant social & political changes

The ones born between 1954 – 1964 has sometimes been referred to as Generation Jones. The difference between what the beginning of the Baby Boomers experienced socially & politically are:

Baby Boomers born between 1946 – 1955

  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Assassinations of JFK, Robert Kennedy, & Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The first Walk on the Moon
  • Possible draft into the Vietnam War
  • Anti-war protests
  • Drug experimentation
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Women’s Movement
  • Protests & Riots
  • Woodstock
  • Rock & Roll
  • Motown
  • Transistor Radios
This section of the Baby Boomers are usually considered the free-spirited one who had a cause, as they fought for civil rights, the feminist cause, gay rights, handicapped rights, and the right to privacy.

Baby Boomers born between 1956 – 1964

  • Watergate
  • Nixon Resigns
  • Cold War
  • Lowered Drinking Age from 1970-1976
  • Oil Embargo
  • Huge inflation
  • Gas Shortages
  • Jimmy Carter reinstated registration for the draft
  • Disco music
  • Punk music
  • MTV
This section of the Baby Boomers seem to have become less optimistic and have a larger distrust of the government.
So, there you have it. All that said and STILL no clue as to where I fall. But at least I know that someone distinguishes us from the 1956 crowd! (No offense guys and gals…it’s just a bit odd at my age connecting with what was going on during WWII). 🙂
Warm regards,
Debi
p.s. For those of you who are like me, is there one generation that you associate with more than the other?
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