Boomers Unleashed: 18 Ways They Reshaped the World (for Better or Worse)

By Aaron Stone

The Baby Boom generation was born between 1946 and 1964, and they have significantly impacted society in many different areas. Here are 18 of the biggest boomer influences:

Music

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The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and many other iconic musicians were born during the Baby Boom era. They helped to shape the sound of popular music and influenced generations of artists to come.

Movies

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The Baby Boom generation also produced some of the most prominent and influential films of all time, including The Godfather, Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Back to the Future. These films helped to define modern cinema and inspired generations of filmmakers.

Television

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The Baby Boom generation was the first generation to grow up with television, and they played a major role in shaping the medium. Some of the most popular television shows of all time, such as Happy Days, MASH*, Friends, and Seinfeld, were created by and for Baby Boomers.

Technology

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The Baby Boom generation was also at the forefront of the technology revolution. They were the first generation to use personal computers and the internet on a large scale. They also helped to develop new technologies such as the cell phone and the digital camera.

Business

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The Baby Boom generation has been highly successful in the business world. They have founded and led some of the most successful companies in the world, including Apple, Microsoft, and Google. They have also helped to create new industries such as technology and finance.

Politics

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The Baby Boom generation has also been very active in politics. They have held high-ranking positions in government and have helped to shape the political landscape. Some of the most famous Baby Boomer politicians include Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.

Social Movements

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The Baby Boom generation has also been at the forefront of many social movements, such as the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, and the environmental movement. They have fought for equality and social justice, and they have made a significant impact on American society.

Fashion

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The Baby Boom generation also had a major impact on fashion. They were the first generation to truly embrace casual clothing, and they helped to popularize trends such as jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers.

Education

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The Baby Boom generation was the first generation to go to college in large numbers. This helped to fuel the growth of the economy and create new opportunities for future generations.

Home Ownership

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The Baby Boom generation also had a major impact on the housing market. They were the first generation to buy homes in large numbers, and they helped to fuel the growth of the suburbs.

Consumerism

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The Baby Boom generation was also the first generation to truly embrace consumerism. They had more disposable income than previous generations, and they spent it on everything from clothes and cars to electronics and travel.

Family

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The Baby Boom generation helped to change the American family. They were the first generation to delay marriage and childbirth, and they had fewer children overall than previous generations. They also helped to popularize the two-income family.

Divorce

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The Baby Boom generation also had a major impact on the divorce rate. They were more likely to divorce than previous generations, and they helped to break down the stigma surrounding divorce. While some people frown upon the higher rate of divorce, it has led to many people, especially women, being free from unhappy marriages. 

Gender Roles

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The Baby Boom generation also helped to change gender roles. They were more likely to work outside the home and share household responsibilities with their partners. They also helped to pave the way for more women to enter male-dominated fields.

Retirement

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The Baby Boom generation is now entering retirement, and this is having a major impact on society. They are the largest generation of retirees in history, and they are putting a strain on Social Security and Medicare. They are also changing the way we think about retirement and aging.

Community

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Boomers believe in giving back to their communities. They volunteer their time and donate to charity. They also taught their children the importance of civic engagement. When younger generations are consumed with work and study, a reminder to engage with their communities can improve their mental health. 

Social Justice

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Boomers were at the forefront of many social movements, such as the civil rights, women’s, and environmental movements. They taught their children the importance of fighting for what is right and standing up for what they believe in.

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