Inaugural Observations – Generation Jones

I’ve been a boomer most of my life—born in 1964, often recognized as the last year of the boomer generation But now it seems that those of us born between 1954/55 and 1964 are being reclassified as ‘Generation Jones,’ a wedge between the Boomers and the X’ers, I suppose.

Question: When did it become important to break our little group away from the Boomers?
Answer: When someone discovered that our new president was born in 1961.

12 thoughts on “Inaugural Observations – Generation Jones”

  1. This is the first I’m hearing of this. I really didn’t want to join another group, but since “boomers” have been kind of tarnished recently, why not?

  2. You have an interesting blog here, but I’d like to respectfully correct your post today:

    1) Generation Jones is a concept and term which was introduced many years before Obama entered the scene. By around 2005 it had already been written about and discussed on hundreds of newspapaers, magazines and TV/radio shows. Generation experts by then had already embraced the idea in numerous books and the bible of demography–American Demographics Magazine–had done a cover story on it. Obama’s emegrence has only brought more attention to an idea which had already gained considerable traction.

    2) Generation Jones is not a “wedge” or “little group”. Actually, it is not only the largest generation today, but is the largest generation in US history. 26% of all of today’s U.S. adults (53 million people) were born during the 1954-1965 GenJones birth years.

  3. Never heard of Generation Jones. But I think it makes sense to distinguish between people born between, say 1946-1955, and people born between 1956-1965.

    There’s a difference in mindset in those groups, cause in part by events in the formative years of each.

    Also, I’ve always understood “boomer” (how I hate that term) to indicate not a mindset, but a population bulge, like a pig going through a python.

  4. des6875… Welcome to Ragebot. Of course, you’re right, and I didn’t mean to suggest that ‘Gen Jones’ is a new concept. I’ve known about it for quite a while as well. But renewed media interest in distinguishing Boomer’s from Jones’ers really picked up in the month leading up to the inauguration, and I think that it was an attempt to cast the Obama presidency as a break with the ‘boomer presidents’.

    John… Indeed! Bush certainly hasn’t done the boomer generation’s reputation any favors.

  5. Abi… I suppose you’re right, it does make sense. I certainly have never felt much like a boomer–identify more with the X’ers really.

    Robert… Don’t think historians won’t try that eventually. :-)

  6. Born 1962 and never considered myself to be a “boomer”.

    Strauss and Howe’s generational studies place genX as 1961-1981. the baby boom had pretty much pooped out by 1959-ish.

    “Generation Jones”… hm, not sure if I like that or not.

  7. Frogette… That second thing. ;-)

    des6875… I definitely have that issue with unfulfilled expectations. I’m keenly aware of having been brought up to expect steady employment and a social safety net, only to watch these things get systematically destroyed by administrations from Reagan through Bu$hCo. Sort of puts me right square in the Jones’, I guess.

    David… I think of myself of an X’er with some boomer sensibilities.

  8. Born in ’65 I knew I was no Boomer, and though I do groove to the grunge of Gen X, I was never included in that grouping either. Since I grew up in a time when drugs were done almost exclusively for entertainment, rather than for spiritual exploration, I always considered mine the Lost Generation.

    With that in mind, I guess being classed as a “Jones” makes perfect sense.

    Yikes!

    ;-)

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