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generation Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Globally, generation Y (gen Y) refers broadly to the demographic cohort born between 1975 and 1995. The group is seen as reliant on new media and digital technology with short attention spans.  They expect entertaining and fast-paced information and are assumed to be self-centred, demanding, and hard to integrate into teams.

However, beware assuming that generations are comparable across national and cultural boundaries. In much of the West, one speaks of baby boomers, generation X...