Who Are The Generations: Baby Boomers & The Silent Generation

April 13, 2018 | R’chelle Cyrus-Hughes

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Baby Boomers

Those born between 1946 and 1964 make up the generation known as the Baby Boomers. They range in age from 50 to 65 and are defined the huge population increase that followed World War II and the Great Depression. This generation grew up in a time of prosperity and an absence of world wars and included the Flower Children, many experienced LSD and protested the war in Vietnam. Unlike their parents who grew up during the Great Depression, the Boomers became great consumers and were famous for spending every dollar they earned.

Some interesting attitudes, behaviors and beliefs of the Baby Boomers:

• Baby Boomers were the first Western Generation to grow up seeing two cars in every garage.
• Baby Boomer spending and consuming fueled the world economies.
• Baby Boomers experienced a time of unparalleled national optimism and prosperity.
• Baby Boomers experienced the Cold War, fear of a nuclear attack from Russia, bomb shelters and hiding under a desk at school.
• Baby Boomers witnessed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
• Baby Boomers witnessed the assassination of Martin Luther King.
• Baby Boomers experienced pride and confidence in seeing a man put on the moon.
• Baby Boomers took part in the destruction of the War in Vietnam.
• Baby Boomers fought in the Civil Rights Movement.

The Silent Generation | Traditionalists

Those born between 1925 and 1945 make up the generation known as the Silent Generation and are in their 70’s and 80’s. Those of the Silent Generation were born during the Great Depression. Many of their parents were mostly considered a part of the Lost Generation and grew up expecting a hard life. This was an era when a Christmas present might consist of an orange or a full meal. They are called the Silent Generation. Children worked hard and were seen and not heard. Adults did not voice their opinions or protest in Washington.

Some interesting attitudes, behaviors and beliefs of the Silent Generation:

• The Silent Generation either fought in World War II or were children of the war.
• The Silent Generation were a generation of men who typically worked and women stayed home to care for the children.
• The Silent Generation believed in a “waste not, want not” attitude, conformity, conservatism and traditional family values.
• The Silent Generation strive for comfort, demand quality and prefer simplicity.
• The Silent Generation understands and appreciates the dignity of sacrifice for the common good.
• The Silent Generation is patriotic, patient and team players.
• The Silent Generation was loyal to their employers and expected the same in return.
• The Silent Generation possesses excellent interpersonal skills.
• The Silent Generation measure work ethic on timeliness, productivity and not drawing attention to oneself.

“With all the trees and the lake, it’s like living in the country.”

Lillie B

“I don’t have to cook, clean or wash my clothes. That’s the best!”

Margaret N

“The people are friendly; I love them all!”

Margaret B

“I’m just overjoyed to be here.”

Matt G

“You have to come and visit us, because it is beautiful.”

Lillie B