For instance, the attitudes of survey respondents who were ages 20-29 in 1990 can be compared with those of respondents ages 30-39 in 2000 and ages 40-49 in 2010.All three samples are part of the same cohort, and taken together these three snapshots produce a moving picture showing how a specific generation ages.
The unique nature of the times imprints itself on each successive age cohort, producing differences that persist even as a cohort ages and moves through the life cycle.
In addition to life cycle and cohort effects, there are also .
Generation X (at 82%) was more supportive than the Baby Boomers when it first appeared in the surveys.
And the Millennial cohort is the most supportive of all.
We will compare their behaviors and attitudes with those of today’s older adults.
And to the extent that we can, we will also compare them with older adults back when they were the age that Millennials are now.Even so, we believe our series of reports will help to illuminate the lives and times not just of Millennials, but of all Americans.There is much agreement in business about generational diversity in the new millennium for American workers.These are major events (wars, social movements, scientific or technological breakthroughs) that are likely to have a simultaneous impact on all age groups, though, again, their impact is often greatest among the young because their values and habits are less fixed than those of other age groups.The most common approach to trying to understand how each of these processes plays out is through , which uses data collected at different times to track changes in the attitudes and behavior of cohorts as they age.We’ll also take a close look at diversity among the Millennials themselves.