Baby Boomer? Generation X? Generation Y? Come look at the new Mumsnet/Ipsos MORI report

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RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 21-Dec-15 10:59:45

Morning all

Thought you might like to have a look at the latest in our series of annual reports with Ipsos MORI into women voters' views. This one is about intergenerational justice - what the different generations (Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y) think about each others' generations, about their own generations, about whether Baby Boomers have it easy (as a group) or whether Generation Y have it hard - and what they all think about the prospects of Generation Next (the under-16s).

Features lots of thoughts from Gransnetters and MNers - do let us know what you think.


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howtorebuild Mon 21-Dec-15 12:02:56

I think the tail end of generation Y have the same issues as generation Z.

Babyboomers only have it good because there are so many. Generation X, Y and Z benefited from the demands the baby boomers made on society, in their wake.

thatstoast Mon 21-Dec-15 12:24:12

My initial shallow thought is that I'm in generation Y. I'm younger than I thought.

Lightbulbon Mon 21-Dec-15 13:06:09

I'm a Generation Y and it is so frustrating that people just 5 years older have had such an easier life just because of their birthdate.

Efferlunt Mon 21-Dec-15 15:17:22

Why is Gen Y such a wide age group compared with Gen X? Seems hard to generalise with these demographics.

TartanBirdFeeder Mon 21-Dec-15 17:07:23

I wonder how there can really have been so much progress in womens' equality when the issues that my young end of generation Y daughter is fighting the same feminist issues that I (older end of generation X) was fighting when I was her age. We both have been on the receiving end of unwanted sexual attention from men and discrimination because of being female.

MsJuniper Mon 21-Dec-15 18:00:12

I am technically Gen X but don't feel it at all, maybe because of my family placing as eldest child? I think there are overlaps in the generation tags. And of course not everyone in each age bracket benefited in the same way, it depended on the rest of their demographic profile.


BoboChic Mon 21-Dec-15 20:01:43

I take huge issue with so-called progress in equality. I don't it's true at all.

Lightbulbon Mon 21-Dec-15 20:19:16

I do think that as an older gen y I experienced less sexism growing up than gen y or anyone under 25.

LemonRedwood Mon 21-Dec-15 23:17:20

Is Generation Y the same as millenials? I never thought of myself as a millennial and mentally classified them as much younger than me. I'm 34 and socialise and identify much more with generation Xers even though I am technically Generation Y.

jorahmormont Tue 22-Dec-15 04:24:03

I think you've put too many people into Gen Y.I'm 21 and have always seen my age range referred to as millenials. I think the fact that you had some points where you said "Young Gen-Y-ers" shows that there is too big a gap there.

TartanBirdFeeder Tue 22-Dec-15 08:20:50

BoboChic same here. The sexist attitudes that I heard from men when I was a teenager are just the same as the ones that my daughter is experiencing now. About the only thing she hasn't experienced is being told that subjects like engineering aren't for girls - I was told that I couldn't do it because I was girl, I argued and won but only because I threatened to go to the newspapers etc.

mollie123 Tue 22-Dec-15 08:34:51

aaargh - why is the American phrase baby boomers applied to what I would call the post-war generation (same as the previous generation is known as pre-war generation ) the inference being that somehow we 'boomed' and had it all (the boom bit refers to the lots of children born post war for obvious reasons)
also why is it that the BB generation covering the best part of 20 years when other generations are smaller? and IMO there is a big difference between those born immediately post war (1945-1950 ) and those born 1950 - 1959.

Powaqa Tue 22-Dec-15 18:30:07

I didnt identify with your range of ages within the generations. I was born late in 65 and was always previously told I was Generation X. Now I am apparently a Baby Boomer - I certainly don't identify with that age group

tatt Thu 24-Dec-15 10:00:43

I am a "baby boomer" - one of the oh so fortunate generation, expected to pass over all the things we worked hard for to our children, who show little interest in looking after us. Yes we were fortunate to live in a time of relative peace but later generations have had far better childhoods. They expect to be looked after, we didnt. We expected to have to care for the less able, they are greedy and selfish.

Tory governments destroy the economy so that we are now a poor country, a tax haven and a home for money laundering through London property. Labour governments failed to stop the rot. No government is properly dealing with global warming and everyone is going to suffer for that.

lubeybooby Mon 28-Dec-15 17:37:11

Typical spoilt babyboomer right there ^^ We'll (gen Y) have to work far harder than you did, for inferior reward, and til we're 70 - and never own a home let alone one with a spare room or granny annexe. How exactly do I care for my mother? Not selfish, just impossible.

MarieMorgan Tue 29-Dec-15 09:58:30

I'm 50 and completely disagree re the comment that there has been no progress re equality. It's completely different at work now for example. When I started my first job there were page 3 calendars on the wall, men thought it was fine to comment on the size of your breast at work and tell filthy jokes in the office (I worked in a predominantly male environment). If you asked them to stop you were being over sensitive. I failed to get one job as the prospective employer was concerned that I was engaged so might leave soon to have a baby. At least this was a step on from my mum's generation who were expected to give up their job when they got married.

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