What generation am I?

If you want to know what generation you are, please, select your birth year below. You will be redirected to a page with an answer.

What is Generation?

A generation is a group of people who were born in the same period and grew up in similar social and political conditions. They have similar characteristics, preferences, and values.

Names of generations

Following generation names and years are the eight main generations in the late modern and contemporary history:

Theory of generations

The modern concept of generations grounds on two theories – one by sociologist Karl Mannheim and another by two American authors: Neil Howe and William Strauss.

Karl Mannheim formulated the theory of generations. It defines a generation as a group of individuals that have experienced the same major historical events at the most susceptible age – in youth.

According to the Strauss-Howe generational theory generations are changed approximately every 20 years. Members of each generation have common traits and beliefs, habits, and patterns of behavior. They call such time intervals Turnings. Strauss and Howe assumed that there are four types of turnings. They recur every 80-90 years and form historical cycles.

Neil Howe and William Strauss have characterized and named each generation since 1433. Over time, different interpretations of this theory appeared, so the boundaries of generations may slightly vary across sources. That is why you may find your personality traits not only in the characteristics of your generation. It's also worth looking at the generations before and after.