Are you now or have you ever been a member of the “Aspirational Class” or the “iGen”? Regardless, I suggest taking a look at two recent articles that discuss generational identity. The first, The New Yuppies in The New Republic, identifies “strivers” who have “simply reoriented themselves around a new set of values that bolster their class position in less noticeable ways.” The second, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? in The Atlantic, follows years of data to understand those born between 1995 and 2012.
As with previous works that gave us “Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials, the notion of similarly classifying millions of people due simply to birth years belies the logic of human character and complexion. Still, value persists in understanding the common threads that bind people by calendar birth. Recognizing one’s distinguishing factors holds value as well.