Generation Y

  

Definition

The generation of people born during the 1980s and early 1990s. The name is based on Generation X, the generation that preceded them.

Members of Generation Y are often referred to as “echo boomers” because they are the children of parents born during the baby boom (the “baby boomers”). Because children born during this time period have had constant access to technology (computers, cell phones) in their youth, they have required many employers to update their hiring strategy in order to incorporate updated forms of technology. Also called millennials, echo boomers, internet generation, iGen, net generation.


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  • People born in Generation Y have had access to growing technology such as internet and video games so they are optimal for computer based occupations.

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  • Generation Y has seen the world grow so much in their lifetime that they don't even realize what it was like in the past.

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  • In comparison to Generation X, members of Generation Y are more technologically savvy due to growing up within the Information Age and are prone to use media in everyday life.

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