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What are the differences between the generations?

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Tell me what year you were born, and I will tell you what generation you belong to.

If you have doubts about which generation you belong to, we explain how they are divided.

Boomer, millennial, centennial? Do you know which generation you belong to? If you tell me what year you were born, I can tell you which one you belong to.

The term 'generation' groups people who were born in the same time interval within a stretch of the life cycle -youth, adulthood, maturity, and old age-.

These are the current generations and their characteristics:

Baby Boomers
Baby boomers are individuals born between 1946 and 1965, which places them between 55 and 75 years of age.

This generation stands out for having developed in a favorable economic environment: according to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 70 percent of baby boomers belong to the middle class.

This generation is considered an "empty nester" generation since their children are of legal age and have become independent or are about to do so.

Generation X
This group of people includes those born from 1965 to 1982, according to the OECD. They are between 56 and 40 years old.

They are children of baby boomers and parents of millennials. This generation has an X that represents, above all, the idea of definition.

They were held back by severe economic recessions and unemployment, which delayed their emancipation and economic independence in some cases. In addition, this group of people was the first generation where women outperformed men in educational attainment.

This generation is the economic engine for all other generations up and down, according to Trends.

The millennial generation is made up of people born between 1981 and 1996, according to Pew Research. That is, they are between 40 and 25 years old.

Millennials are the offspring of baby boomers and Gen-X. They have a harder time emancipating themselves than people from other generations. They tend to buy what they want even if they have few financial resources.

This generation witnessed the arrival of the Internet at home and the expansion of its educational use, in addition to the arrival of the technological triad (smartphones, laptops, and tablets) and different essay writing sites like

In addition, millennials are in the middle of two centuries and have become the lost generation, according to Trends. They are idealistic and live under a precarious economy.

According to Nielsen, they still believe in and live by traditional values such as getting married, having children, and buying a house.

As they get closer to 40, members of this generation are beginning to establish (or not) their own families, but on their own terms, says Pew Research. That is, some of them live as a family with just their partner, or with their partner and a child (or sons and daughters), or with just their sons and daughters.

Generation Z
Born after 1996 and up to 2012, Gen-Z people are known as Centennials. That is, they are approximately seven to 22 years old, according to Pew Research. They are the daughters and daughters of the Millennial generation.

This is the youngest generation that is beginning to enter adulthood and is characterized by accepting diversity and respecting it as something intrinsic to societies.

In addition, they have grown up connected to the Internet, so they are considered citizens of the 'digital age.

They are accustomed to brief and immediate information, and it is possible that, with so much information, they lose some of their critical sense or criteria to give credibility to information, according to The Conversation.

This media indicates that they are characterized by four 'I's': Internet, irreverence, immediacy, and uncertainty.

They are part of a "new collaborative economy" in which they participate in second-hand buying and selling, barter-trading, crowdfunding.