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Negative Effects Of Baby Boomers Generation

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Baby boomers are classified as the generation, born after the depression in the 1930's, where soldiers returning from the war found that life was much easier in Canada. There were more jobs and houses were easily acquired. Because of the prosperous time, people were able to have large families and to support them. These boomers caused a large population growth in Canada, and because of their sheer numbers, they have played a major role in the changes of social structures in Canada, namely in finance, family, work ethic and popular culture. However, these changes may not have been suitable for the generation after the Boomers: Generation X. They seem to be having a difficult time adjusting to the structure of society with the same level of tenure as their parents, the Boomers.
The Boomers were raised in very hard times when there was little work, food or places to live. As World War 2 ended and the depression was over, Boomers raised families under the premise that they didn't' want to see their children suffer as they did. They gave them everything that they wanted, and rather than teach them the importance of money and the value of family, they were content not to see their children in need as they had been. This began to develop the idea of instant gratification. People have become basically spend-happy and for the most part, and choose to live outside of their means. Racking up crippling school debts and poor choice spending habits upon entering the work force has forced many Generation X-ers to postpone things like having children, purchasing houses, and saving money for retirement. All of which are important elements of family. And as the Boomers set a financial precedent that their children simply cannot attain, due to higher requirements for education and higher costs of this education, to earn the same amount of money at the same stages in life, is next to impossible. Generation X has had difficulty in measuring up to their boomer parents in the financial aspects of society. Few understand that Canada's economy is very different from earlier years and it requires hard work to achieve what their boomer parents did at the same stages in life.
The differences in finance have had effects on the structure of family itself. There have been changes in the simple size of families as the children of the Boomers have had considerably smaller families than those of their parents. The Boomers could afford to raise large families and they accumulated the assets to do so comfortably at an early age. Generation X has found it more difficult to even start a family (never mind a large one), and acquire the same level of possessions. This has led to a shift in the focus of a person's goals in life from family and community, to materiality where you're valued by what you own. The higher divorce rates, and the number of single parent homes living in poverty, are evidence of this shift in focus. People are divorcing simply because it's less...

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