The Study of Generations
The study of generations is a way to look at how society evolves. It is a way to see how a cohort-group of people who grow up under the same conditions see the world, interact with the world, and change the world. Although this is an interesting sect of sociology, caution must been taken when looking at and classifying people in different generations.
I interviewed a sociologist at the University of Utah, Dr. Theresa Martinez, and she mentions an important caveat to take into account, “We should be very careful in classifying “generations.” I know we throw around terms like “millennials,” “Baby Boomers,” “GenX”, etc… but it’s important to know that these terms are only useful to a certain extent.
Human beings are very complex and pigeon-holing them does not work. Patterns are patterns, but they do not speak for everyone and they can be exaggerated.” I think this sums up very well the aspect of studying generations many people ignore.