35 Biggest Differences Between Baby Boomers and Millennials. To say that millennials and baby boomers are speaking completely different languages is the understatement of the century. Bad blood has risen between the two generations over the past several years for a variety of reasons. Every difference pushed a significant divide between the two generations.
Let’s focus on defining some key terms. Baby boomers are people born in the United States during the baby boom between 1946 and 1965. Millennials, on the other hand, are people born between 1981 and 1996 (this is often debated, and no one’s really sure where millennials end and ‘Generation Z’ starts). Millennials are also now the largest generation in the United States, with over 73 million.
Baby boomers focus on tradition, while millennials focus more on freedom and flexibility. It’s the classic “old-school” versus “new-school” trope that seems to be coming to low blows from both sides.
What exactly makes these two generations so different? Why can’t everyone just get along? There are a lot of factors that add to this generational divide, like education levels amongst both generations, but it’s mostly a difference in perspective.
So, what exactly is it that sets these two generations apart and makes them so different from one another?