What generation am I?
Here you can find your generation by age. Choose your birth year below to see the answer. You will be redirected to the corresponding page.
A generation is a group of people born in the same time period. They grow up in identical social and political conditions. Usually they have similar traits, preferences, and values.
Generation names and years
There are eight main generations in the late modern and contemporary history. Below are the names and years:
Theory of generations
The concept of generations grounds on two theories. One is by sociologist Karl Mannheim. Another is by two American authors: Neil Howe and William Strauss.
Karl Mannheim formulated the theory of generations. It defines a generation as a group of humans 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. 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. Each generation has common traits and beliefs, habits, and patterns of behavior.
Neil Howe and William Strauss have described and named each generation since 1433. Different readings of the theory appeared over time. The boundaries of generations may vary across sources. That is why you may find your personality traits in descriptions of adjacent generations. It's worth reading about your generation and ones before and after.