The Generations: The Real Differences between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silents—and What They Mean for America's Future

Written by:
Jean M. Twenge
Narrated by:
Madeleine Maby

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2023
16 hours 49 minutes
A groundbreaking, “lavishly informative” (The New York Times) portrait of the six generations that currently live in the United States and how they connect, conflict, and compete with one another—from the acclaimed author of Generation Me and iGen.

Upending the conventional theory that generational differences are caused by major events, Dr. Jean Twenge analyzes data on 39 million people from robust national surveys—some going back nearly a century—to show that changes in technology are the underlying driver of each generation’s unique makeup. In this revelatory work, Twenge outlines key shifts in attitudes and lifestyle choices that define each generation regarding gender, income, politics, race, sexuality, marriage, mental health, and much more.

Surprising, engaging, and informative, Generations “gets you thinking about how appreciating generational differences can, ironically, bring us together” (Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author). It will forever change the way you view your parents, peers, coworkers, and children, no matter which generation you call your own.
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Steffen S.

Eye-opening analysis based on hard data that shatters many myths about each generation...and confirms a few! I appreciated that Twenge disaggregated the data to show differences in generational effects based on gender, race, class, etc. I finally understood how the progressive, hippie Baby Boomers as youth turned America ultra-conservative as adults. Twenge delineates the ever greater impact of technology on each generation for good and bad and very bad. The implications for the future generations, as technology is spinning out of control, are concerning, to say the least.

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