Old people are more everything

I’m not quite sure what this Pew comparison of generations actually tells us about different generations.  Here’s the chart:

Generation Gaps: Silents, Boomers See Themselves in a More Positive Light

To be sure, some of these differences may be related more to age and life stage than to the unique characteristics of today’s generations. Responsibilities tend to increase with age. As a result, it is possible that, in any era, older people would be more likely than younger people to view their generation as “responsible.” In addition, differences between old and young in such realms as patriotism, religiosity and political activism have been evident for many years. (See this explainer report for more on our approach to studying generations.)

On several measures – including hard work, responsibility, willingness to sacrifice, and self-reliance – the share in each generation expressing positive views declines step-wise across age cohorts, from the oldest to the youngest.

Actually, older people aren’t more everything.  They also seem to think they are less of everything bad:

Millennials Most Likely to Attribute Negative Traits to Their Generation

Oh come on, you just know older people are more rigid and less tolerant.  As for me, I’m feeling in the middle.  But I suppose that’s just because I’m Generation X.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

3 Responses to Old people are more everything

  1. Jon K says:

    So if I was born in 1983 and graduated in 2001 does that make me a millennial? I don’t think that I have much in common with those graduating from high school today, but generation x seems like it was those older than me.

  2. R. Jenrette says:

    As for the elderly being rigid and less tolerant: once a liberal, always a liberal in my case.

  3. itchy says:

    Where does Silent register with “humble”?

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