The Generation Gap
Adults have lamented about the sorry state of the youth throughout history:
The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.
This quote has been attributed to Socrates in the 4th century B.C.
But it has been suggested it really was "a summary of general complaints about the youth by the ancient Greeks, as written in a 1907 dissertation by a student, Kenneth John Freeman."
In our times, the generations from the late 19th century to the roaring 20s in the 21st century can be succinctly summed up in the video below.
Every Birth Generation Explained in 9 Minutes:
Such distinctions can be valuable for writers when crafting their characters who grew up in the generation that defined them.
Solomon also wrote:
Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.