A baby boomer is a person who belongs to a unique post Second World War generation. Here is some more information about the generation of baby boomers, who are now moving into the Adventuous Phase of their life.
A baby boomer is a person who was born from the post Second World War years to 1964, an age marked by an unusually high number of births and a rise in economic prosperity throughout. An estimated 79 million babies are believed to be recorded as baby boomers.
Throughout the world, many boomers came of age in a time of increasing affluence and widespread government subsidies in postwar housing and education, and grew up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time.
Classifying Baby Boomers
Baby boomers are classified in a number of ways. Steve Gallion, author of Boomer Nation, puts baby boomers into two categories: those born between 1945-1957 and “Shadow Boomers” born between 1958-1963.
Many people don’t consider “Shadow Boomers” as an apt term to be used with reference to baby boomers. Instead, they prefer the term “Echo Boomers.”
William Strauss and Neil Howe, authors of Generations, opine that those born between 1961 and 1964 impact political as well as cultural patterns, just like those born between 1955 and 1960.
The writers also mention a “thirteenth generation,” called “Generation X” or the “generation of Cold War” referring to people born between 1961 and 1981.
Some are of the opinion that the generation of baby boomers originated during the Vietnam war. At the same time, many people believe that musical groups such as the Beatles, Hippies, and the Motown Sounds are characteristic of the age of the baby boomers.
Explaining the Baby Boomer Phenomenon
The Great Depression and the Second World War created great fear and uncertainty. A number of unmarried people were forced to put off their marriages. On the other hand, married couples had to delay giving birth to a baby.
After the Second World War, the economy of the country improved. The period between 1950 and 1960, marked as it was by economic prosperity, was the right time for the birth of a number of babies, which led to a “Baby Boom.” Baby boom is also simultaneous with a boom in the construction of buildings such as houses, schools, and shopping malls.
The rise in population and the growth of families prompted mass migration of people from cities to suburbs during the years that following the Second World War. National culture also received an outlet as reflected in the appearances of baby boomers when they entered into their youth.
The culture of the nation was defined by the way they dressed, wore their hair, their political ideology, and even the type of music they preferred.
As the baby boomers grew older, their purchasing power grew, and a variety of companies could make large profits. When they reached the age of retirement, the resources of the public were almost depleted.