Generational theories

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In my youth, I had a theory that people could easily be placed in generations based on their place in a family. If you were a parent, you belonged in the parent group, you were the parent generation. All parents were the “parent age”, and should willingly hang out with the other parents. It worked the same with grandparents, who enjoyed the company of others of “grandparent age”.

But then, people started talking about Baby Boomers. I was shocked to learn the long span of years that were included in a “generation”. Around 20!

Okay, so here’s something to think about.

A generation is defined as approximately 20 years. If I was born at the beginning of my generation and I had a child at the age of 18, my child and I would be a part of the same generation.

Totally destroys my theory!

What do you think?