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Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Art, Children, Featured, Humour | 2 comments

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.


  1. Pants on the ground……..

    I think the next generation will be known as the "G" generation……get it?

  2. I'm chuckling at the Google context-sensitive "Dating for Seniors" ad that runs when this post is viewed. It's the words "born before 1946" in the post that triggers it I'm sure.

    Yo Google! It's the decades not the age that we're referring to!


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