Every person belongs to a generation: you associate yourselves with a particular set of people usually based on age such as “Baby Boomers” from 1946 to 1964, “Generation X” from 1965 to 1979, and “Millennials” from 1980 to 2000, (Smola, 364). Parents’ generations differ from their children, and sometimes within their significant other. My parents, separated by two years, are both considered “Baby Boomers”, and my sister and I, also separated by two years are both considered “Millennials”. “Generation X” separates our generations, and as you can assume there are many differences between the two: “Baby Boomers” experienced the immense development of the economy and education (Kupperschmidt, 4).
There is a significant difference between the childhoods of the two generations. According to researchers, Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais in their book, Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube, and the future of American politics, one breadwinner supported many of the “Baby Boomer” households: the men worked, while many of the women stayed home, and that a majority of adults were married (Winograd, 69). They also state that, “…during the 1950s only a third of all women, and a quarter of married women, participated in the labor force” (Winograd, 69). The “Millennials” however, had some differences. The average marrying age began to decline after constantly rising for over thirty years, at the age of twenty-seven (Winograd, 71). The same researchers deemed “Millennials” the first to experience co-parenting in the household; “The Millennial Generation became the first one to experience the concept of co-parenting, with both fathers and mother playing an equal role in their children’s upbringing” (Winograd, 71).
Throughout all generations where television was available and prevalent, there have been television shows that depict a particular generation as throughout their childhood into adulthood. Even though, these programs are fictional and usually comedic, they are a very accurate depiction of the generation it is portraying. Winograd and Hais, believe the show “I Love Lucy” and “The Cosby Show” represents “Baby Boomers” and “Millennials” respectively. Both shows very different, for one, “I Love Lucy” is in black and white, and “The Cosby Show” is in color. The researchers explain the character of Lucy attempts and desires to work and then later realizing her true role at home was common during the “Baby Boomers” era, he states,
“Perhaps no sitcom captured the complete texture of the America into which Baby Boomers were born better than “I Love Lucy”. The prevailing wisdom about the place of women’s place in society was portrayed by Lucy Ricardo’s consistently foolish attempts to enter the workplace (such as the iconic inability of Lucy and her best friend, Ethel Mertz, to keep up with a chocolate candy factory assembly line), and the recognition at the end of each episode that Lucy’s true role is that of a house maker” (Winograd, 72).