Major generations considered in the world:
- Lost Generation,
- Greatest Generation,
- Silent Generation,
- Baby Boomers (Boomers)
- Generation X,
- Generation Y (Millennials or Gen Y1 and Gen Y2)
- Generation Z (Gen Z or Zers)
- Generation Alpha.
Of which, Baby Booms and Gen Z are. Generations have different thinking, beliefs, perspectives, liking, and other factors.
Starting from their ages, born in different eras and times, and have grown up in diverse environments, social surroundings, and scenarios.
- Boomers refer to people born between 1946 and 1964, while Zoomers refer to people born after 1996.
- Boomers are associated with traditional values and work ethic, while Zoomers are associated with technology and social justice.
- Boomers may be retired or nearing retirement age, while Zoomers are just beginning their careers.
Boomers vs Zoomers
Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964, grew up in a time of economic prosperity and social change, and are known for their work ethic and loyalty to their employers. Zoomers are born between the mid-1990s and early 2010s, are part of the digital age and have grown up with technology.
|Parameters of Comparison
|Terms Coined By
|William Strauss and Neil Howe coined the term Baby Boomers, abbreviation Boomers.
|David Demko coined Zoomers, also known as Gen Z and Zers.
|The Boomers were born from 1946 to 1964, after the Second World War.
|The Zoomers are the generation born in the late 1990s to 2010, the era of digitalization.
|Boomers’ lives are associated with health and wealth.
|Zoomers’ lives are associated with digital gadgets.
|Their social behaviour is more considerate.
|Their social behaviour is more self-centred.
|They have a great experience as they’ve seen things changing and have the overview and insights into the area of interest.
|They don’t have the experience of Boomers, but they have fresh opinions and unexpected ideas in their area of interest.
|They mostly rely on the traditional medium.
|They mostly rely on new media, including digital media.
|They are adopted and welcoming to digital media. 68% of them use the Facebook app and new media to socialize.
|They were born with digital media and have used their parents’ mobiles and other gadgets since childhood. Almost 90% are on social media, accessing different websites and apps.
|Post-World War 2, Beginning of the Cold War, Hippie Movement, etc.
|Evolution of Smartphones, Social Media, grown-ups watching their parents’ financial struggles, etc.
|Attitude towards Life
|For Boomers, life is predictable, ageing is obvious, and they believe they cannot do anything about it.
|For Zoomers, life is different, ageing is avoidable, and they plan to live their fullest, even in their old age.
Who are Boomers?
The Boomers are the generation that was born in the times of 1946 to 1964, the era after the Second World War.
Succeeding Silent Generation and before Generation X, Baby Boomers are the demographic cohort from 56 to 74. William Strauss and Neil Howe coined the term.
After WW2, the fertility rate of children notably increased, which is why they are called Boomers.
They have a great experience as they have seen things changing and have the overview and insights into the area of interest.
For information, they mostly rely on traditional mediums such as newspapers, television, radio, magazines, etc.
But also, they are welcoming and adopting digital media. 68% of them use the Facebook app and new media to socialize.
Boomers’ lives are associated with health and wealth. They are more considerate of others. Life is predictable for them, ageing is obvious, and they believe they cannot do anything about it. And are happy living this way.
Post-World War 2, the Beginning of the Cold War, and the Hippie Movement are the events that happened in the timeline of Baby booms.
Who are Zoomers?
The Zoomers are the generation born from late 1990 to 2010, the era of digitalization. David Demko coined the term.
Succeeding Generation Millennials and before Generation Alpha, Gen Zers are the demographic cohort from 10 to 30.
Zoomers’ lives are associated with digital gadgets, digital media, and the digitalized era.
Compared to Boomers, they’re socially more self-centred and mostly rely on new media (digital media.) They have fresh opinions and unexpected ideas in the area of their interest.
Gen Z was born with digital media and has used their parent’s mobiles and other gadgets since childhood. Almost 90% of them are on social media, accessing different social media sites and apps.
They have grown up with the evolution of Smartphones, Social Media, watching their parents’ financial struggles, etc.
According to their perspective, life is different, ageing is avoidable for them, and they plan to live to its fullest, even in their old age.
Main Differences Between Boomers and Zoomers
- People born between 1946 to 1964 are Boomers. And people who were birth from 1990 to 2010 are called Zoomers.
- Baby booms mostly rely on traditional media, whereas Gen Z relies on new media.
- The former are considerate towards others, and the latter are more self-centred.
- Booms are adopting digitalization, and Zers are born using gadgets.
- The boomers are more concerned with health and wealth. On the other hand, zoomers are more considerate towards struggling and changing things around.
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Emma Smith holds an MA degree in English from Irvine Valley College. She has been a Journalist since 2002, writing articles on the English language, Sports, and Law. Read more about me on her bio page.