Edition V24N06 | Year 2019 | Editorial Editorial | Pages 7 to 8
The Americans William Straus, author and playwright, and Neil Howe, historian, published in 1991 the book “Generations: The history of America’s future, 1584 to 2069”1 , in which they proposed the idea that generations influence society. The Strauss-Howe generation theory describes a recurrent cycle of same-aged groups with specific behavior patterns that change every 20 years. According to this theory, an 80-year cycle is crucial, when every four generations is associated to a crisis that impacts the ongoing social order and creates a new one. The four generations of this century are classified as: (a) baby boomers, from 1943 to 1960; (b) generation X, from 1961 to 1981; (c) the millennials, or generation Y, from 1982 to 2004; and (d) generation Z from 2005 to the present.