The Generations: The Real Differences between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silents—and What They Mean for America's Future

Written by:
Jean M. Twenge
Narrated by:
Madeleine Maby

Unabridged Audiobook

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1
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Release Date
April 2023
Duration
16 hours 49 minutes
Summary
A groundbreaking, revelatory portrait of the six generations that currently live in the United States and how they connect, conflict, and compete with one another—from the acclaimed author of Generation Me and iGen.

The United States is currently home to six generations of people:

-the Silents, born 1925–1945
-Baby Boomers, born 1946–1964
-Gen X, born 1965–1979
-Millennials, born 1980–1994
-Gen Z, born 1995–2012
-and the still-to-be-named cohorts born after 2012.

They have had vastly different life experiences and thus, one assumes, they must have vastly diverging beliefs and behaviors. But what are those differences, what causes them, and how deep do they actually run?

Professor of psychology and “reigning expert on generational change” (Lisa Wade, PhD, author of American Hookup), Jean Twenge does a deep dive into a treasure trove of long-running, government-funded surveys and databases to answer these questions. Are we truly defined by major historical events, such as the Great Depression for the Silents and September 11 for Millennials? Or, as Twenge argues, is it the rapid evolution of technology that differentiates the generations?

With her clear-eyed and insightful voice, Twenge explores what the Silents and Boomers want out of the rest of their lives; how Gen X-ers are facing middle age; the ideals of Millennials as parents and in the workplace; and how Gen Z has been changed by COVID, among other fascinating topics.

Surprising, engaging, and informative, Generations will forever change the way you view your parents, peers, coworkers, and children, no matter which generation you call your own.
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Steffen S.

Eye-opening analysis based on hard data that shatters many myths about each generation...and confirms a few! I appreciated that Twenge disaggregated the data to show differences in generational effects based on gender, race, class, etc. I finally understood how the progressive, hippie Baby Boomers as youth turned America ultra-conservative as adults. Twenge delineates the ever greater impact of technology on each generation for good and bad and very bad. The implications for the future generations, as technology is spinning out of control, are concerning, to say the least.

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