Sept. 29, 2021

Mind the Generation Gap

Mind the Generation Gap

This week Jaime and Kevin tackle what makes holiday get-togethers so fascinating (aside from Uncle Bob’s antics): Generational Differences.  Your ever curious co-hosts focus on the challenges of living and interacting in a multi-generational world. 
CW: Adult Language


Content Warning: Adult Language

During this episode we discuss: 

This week Jaime and Kevin tackle what makes holiday get-togethers so fascinating (aside from Uncle Bob’s antics): Generational Differences.  The discussion focuses on the challenges of living and interacting in a multi-generational world. 

Your ever-curious co-hosts discuss what a generation gap is and how expectations of generational “standards” impact their lives. They're asking the real questions: Is it ok to be forty and not own a home yet? Do Millennials have more in common with Gen X or with Boomers? What's the problem with "no problem?"

With a lot of technological advances, changes in the socio-political scene, and changes in communication styles, there’s often friction between generations at home and in the workplace. Listen in for generational shenanigans on today’s highly caffeinated episode.

Their expertise in regards to The Generation Gap? Anecdotal experiences paired with chasing a few rabbit holes while googling.

Their qualifications to discuss the topic? Well, they have coffee and an internet connection but Kevin and Jaime are fresh out of qualifications.

Basically, anything they discuss? Don’t take their word for it - but they hope you enjoy the show!

Quotables:

“Wow, you really woke up this morning and chose violence.”

“We’re getting some new humans imported…”

“What, did you order them online? OH! I guess technically you did! You ordered them from Indeed! … I just realized we’re an online commodity.”

“The 90s were ten years ago, Jaime.”

“I think that’s one of those things where how it’s taught and how we, in a certain group of generations, are taught to view history: it’s very condensed, it’s very streamlined, it’s clean. And as you’re living history, you’re like, ‘I am tired of living through historical events!’ Yanno? And when you read it in a textbook later, you’re like “That’s IT? That’s the blurb you’re giving it? You guys don’t- There was so much more to it!’ And now we’re finding, as we’re digging into it, there’s a lot sometimes to what’s been glossed over.”

“I would like to congratulate drugs, for winning the war on drugs!”

Reference Links:

Coffee and common ground this week 

In Jaime’s Cup: Slate Cream + Sugar https://slatecoffee.com/product/cream_sugar/ 

In Kevin’s Cup(s): Stumptown Original Cold Brew  Cold Brew Coffee | Stumptown Coffee Roasters Seattle’s Best Post Alley Blend: https://www.seattlesbest.com/product/post-alley-blend 

Merriam-Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/ 

Sources:

Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, Gen Z, and Gen A Explained (kasasa.com) 

Remember the Generation Gap? No, Not THAT One! | History News Network Info on historical generation gap

From the 2009 Generation Gap to the 2020 Great Divide – NielsenWhat's the Problem with 'No Problem'? | Merriam-Webster 

Why "no problem" now means different things to different generations | Considerable

A 16-Year-Old Explains 10 Things You Need to Know About Generation Z (shrm.org): An article from 2018 where a 16 year old talks about Gen Z. Pretty interesting read!
Capturing the Wisdom of Four Generations (shrm.org)

Generation stereotypes (apa.org): Generational stereotype chart:

Traditionalists

(1925 to 1945)

Baby boomers

(1946 to 1960)

Generation X

(1961 to 1980)

Millennials

(1981 to present)

 

 

 

 

• Practical

• Optimistic

• Skeptical

• Hopeful

• Patient, loyal and hardworking

• Teamwork and cooperation

• Self-reliant

• Meaningful work

• Respectful of authority

• Ambitious

• Risk-taking

• Diversity and change valued

• Rule followers

• Workaholic

• Balances work and personal life

• Technology savvy

 

What We Know About Gen Z So Far | Pew Research Center: Gen Z comparisons with other generations. 

Example: Millennials, Gen Zers are progressive and pro-government, most see the country’s growing racial and ethnic diversity as a good thing, and they’re less likely than older generations to see the United States as superior to other nations.
Gen Z is more racially and ethnically diverse than previous generations.
Among Republicans and those who lean to the Republican Party, there are striking differences between Generation Z and older generations on social and political issues.
In their views on race, Gen Z Republicans are more likely than older generations of Republicans to say blacks are treated less fairly than whites in the U.S. today. Fully 43% of Republican Gen Zers say this, compared with 30% of Millennial Republicans and roughly two-in-ten Gen X, Boomer and Silent Generation Republicans. Views are much more consistent across generations among Democrats and Democratic leaners.

 

Charted: The Growing Generational Wealth Gap (1989-2019) (visualcapitalist.com)

Generation

Wealth (2019)

Population (2019)

Wealth/Person

Silent Generation & Older

$18.8 Trillion

23.0 Million

$817,391

Baby Boomers

$59.4 Trillion

71.2 Million

$834,270

Generation X

$28.6 Trillion

65.0 Million

$440,000

Millennials

$5.0 Trillion

72.6 Million

$68,871

Millennials age group are expected to inherit $68 trillion by 2030 from Baby Boomer parents. Of course, that payout isn’t going to be even across the board, with wealthier families retaining the bulk of wealth and the majority of Millennials laden with debt.

And with Generation Z (born 1997-2012) starting to come of age, the uneven playing field is making it hard to begin accumulating wealth in the first place.

Since it is in the best interest of societies to have wealthy generations that can drive economic growth, potential solutions are being examined all over the political sphere. They include different taxation schemes, changing estate laws, and potentially cancelling student debt

Most U.S. Teens See Anxiety, Depression as Major Problems | Pew Research Center

Current Population Survey (CPS) (bls.gov)  Bureau of Labor & Statistics: Current labor stats / lots of info on current population survey. 

How Millennials Approach Family Life | Pew Research Center: 30% Millennials live with a spouse and child compared with 40% of Gen Xers at a comparable age. Previous research highlights not only the sheer size of the Millennial generation, which now surpasses Baby Boomers as the largest, but also its racial and ethnic diversity and high rates of educational attainment. This research also notes that Millennials have been slower than previous generations to establish their own households.

A new analysis of government data by Pew Research Center shows that Millennials are taking a different path in forming – or not forming – families. Millennials trail previous generations at the same age across three typical measures of family life: living in a family unit, marriage rates and birth rates.  

Generational Differences in the Workplace
 [Infographic] (purdueglobal.edu)

Labor force participation rate by age and sex 2020 U.S. | Statista - Statistics of labor force in US in 2020 by age and sex. 

The Generation Gap in American Politics | Pew Research Center - info on the politics in each generation.

Which generations have the most members in the 117th Congress? | Pew Research Center

How social media is opening a new generation gap | Financial Times (ft.com) “Gen Z disapproves of millennials sharing private data, using emojis and even having email addresses” Interesting take on Gen Z / Millennials in work based interaction. 

How Different Generations Use Social Media | March 2021 (themanifest.com) 

  • More than 80% of every generation uses social media at least once per day making social media part of their daily routine.
  • The majority of Generation Zers (77%) and millennials (79%) use social media multiple times a day, but millennials are more likely to divide their time across a wider range of platforms, while Generation Zers spend more time on fewer platforms.
  • Images remain the most popular type of content: Around three-quarters of Generation Zers (77%), millennials (77%), and Generation Xers (72%), along with 52% of baby boomers, prefer posting images on social media.
  • Facebook’s popularity is declining with younger generations with only 36% of Generation Zers use Facebook at least once a week, compared to 87% of millennials, 90% of Generation Xers, and 96% of baby boomers. 
  • The majority of Generation Zers (89%), millennials (86%), Generation Xers (68%), and baby boomers (52%) use YouTube at least once a week to access video content. 

https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/a-new-study-reveals-surprising-reason-why-every-generation-complains-about-kids-these-days.html   How not to become a grumpy old cliche

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We would love to hear from you. How do you view the Generation Gap? What challenges have you faced in dealing with generational expectations? Do you take your coffee the same way your parents or your kids do? Drop a line in the comments or over on our Facebook page and let us know!