Why Generation Y?
We’ve all heard it before. But have you ever wondered why we attach names to the groups of people born at a specific point in time?
- People born before 1946 were called The Silent Generation.
- The Baby Boomers are people born between 1946 and 1959.
- Generation X are those that were born between 1960 and 1979.
- And Generation Y are the people born between 1980 and 2010.
I’ll tell you why the others have their specific names in a later post. But for the time being, it’s the present generation that interests me the most.
So why do we call this last group Generation Y? I always thought that it was because Y comes after X – the previous generation – and that it’s because they are forever asking “why?”, questioning everything. But no. Here, according to the cartoonist Marc Beaudet is the real reason we call this lot Generation Y:
By the award winning French-Canadian cartoonist Marc Beaudet, originally published in the Journal de Québec, 2008.