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Generation Gap

What is a 'Generation Gap'

A generation gap consists of the differences in opinions expressed by members of two different generations. More specifically, a generation gap can be used to describe the differences in actions, beliefs and tastes members of younger generations when compared to members of older generations regarding politics, values and other matters. While generation gaps have been prevalent throughout all periods of history, the breadth of differences of these gaps has widened in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Explaining 'Generation Gap'

Generation gaps play big roles in businesses, as companies must find ways to balance the needs and views of individuals from differing age groups. Businesses must be aware of the changing demographics of their client base, as gender gaps can have drastic effects on their business as well as the overall business cycle.

History of Generation Gap

The term "generation gap" was first used in the 1960s. During that time, the younger generation – which is now referred to as the baby boomers – showed a significant difference in their beliefs and opinions compared to what their parents' generation projected.

How Generations Are Distinguished

There are many ways to differentiate generations from one another. These generations have been divided into major groups, known as traditionals, baby boomers, generation X and millennials. Each generation has its own characteristics that impact the way society does business with the members of that generation. Generations can also be divided according to group's language, technological influences, workplace attitudes, general consciousness and way of life.


Further Reading


The generation gap: relative earnings of young and old workers in Italy
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… the age dimension, opening a gap between generations both in terms of expected lifetime labor earnings and pension wealth … generation gap … market of the baby-boom generation, finding a sizeable negative impact on the relative wage of young workers …

Digital media and the generation gap: Qualitative research on US teens and their parentsDigital media and the generation gap: Qualitative research on US teens and their parents
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… the age dimension, opening a gap between generations both in terms of expected lifetime labor earnings and pension wealth … generation gap … market of the baby-boom generation, finding a sizeable negative impact on the relative wage of young workers …

Chair-CEO generation gap and bank risk-takingChair-CEO generation gap and bank risk-taking
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… the age dimension, opening a gap between generations both in terms of expected lifetime labor earnings and pension wealth … generation gap … market of the baby-boom generation, finding a sizeable negative impact on the relative wage of young workers …

Exploring the generation gap in the workplace in South KoreaExploring the generation gap in the workplace in South Korea
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… the age dimension, opening a gap between generations both in terms of expected lifetime labor earnings and pension wealth … generation gap … market of the baby-boom generation, finding a sizeable negative impact on the relative wage of young workers …

Online professionalism and Facebook–falling through the generation gapOnline professionalism and Facebook–falling through the generation gap
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… the age dimension, opening a gap between generations both in terms of expected lifetime labor earnings and pension wealth … generation gap … market of the baby-boom generation, finding a sizeable negative impact on the relative wage of young workers …

Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of healthClosing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health
www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
… the age dimension, opening a gap between generations both in terms of expected lifetime labor earnings and pension wealth … generation gap … market of the baby-boom generation, finding a sizeable negative impact on the relative wage of young workers …

Professionalism in residency training: is there a generation gap?Professionalism in residency training: is there a generation gap?
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… the age dimension, opening a gap between generations both in terms of expected lifetime labor earnings and pension wealth … generation gap … market of the baby-boom generation, finding a sizeable negative impact on the relative wage of young workers …



Q&A About Generation Gap


How can a generation gap be defined?

A generation gap can be used to describe the differences in actions, beliefs and tastes between younger generations and older generations regarding politics, values and other matters.

What does each group have that impacts society's business with them?

Each group has its own characteristics that impact how society does business with them .

When was the term "generation gap" first used?

The term "generation gap" was first used in the 196s.

Are there any exceptions for this institutional age segregation?

Yes; there are exceptions for this institutional age segregation .

How are generations separated from each other in the home?

Sociologists now refer to "generation gap" as "institutional age segregation". Usually, when any of these age groups is engaged in its primary activity, the individual members are physically isolated from people of other generations with little interaction across age barriers except at the nuclear family level.

Why do sociologists consider institutional age segregation?

Early sociologists such as Karl Mannheim noted differences across generations in how the youth transits into adulthood and studied the ways in which generations separate themselves from one another in the home and social situations and areas (such as churches clubs senior centers and youth centers).

What happens when an exception occurs ?

When an exception occurs , individuals may have more contact with others outside their own generation than they normally would .

Why might someone want more contact with someone outside his or her own generation ?

People may want more contact with someone outside their own generation

Can you name some examples of generational divisions besides these four groups ?

We could divide people into smaller groups based on their birth year , such as pre-boomers (born 1945 -1946), baby boomer (born 1947 – 1964) , GenXer (1965–1980) and millennial (1981–2000).

What is a generation gap?

A generation gap or generational gap is a difference of opinions between one generation and another regarding beliefs, politics, or values.

Is it possible for two individuals from different ages to interact with each other ?

Yes ; it is possible for two individuals from different ages to interact with each other .

Who are considered to be baby boomers?

Baby boomers are considered to be those born from 1946-1964.

Who are considered to be millennials?

Millennials are considered to be those born from 1981-2000. They were also known as Generation Y or echo boomers.

When does this institutional age segregation occur?

There are several ways to make distinctions between generations. For example, names are given to different periods of time based on important historical events that occurred during those times (e.g., The Great Depression).

Who are considered to be Generation X?

Generation X is considered to be those born from 1965-1980.

What can be used to distinguish between generations?

Names can be used to distinguish between different ages (e.g., Baby Boomers)

Are there any other ways of dividing up generations besides these four groups?

Yes, there are many ways of dividing up generations besides these four groups .