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New world order: First Ophiuchus, now Gen Y doesn’t exist?

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Posted February 15, 2011 by By Kelley M. Butler at 11:46AM. Comments (39)

It was cosmically odd enough when I first heard news reports that, due to lunar shifts over the last several centuries, there are actually 13 zodiac signs, including a new one called Ophiuchus.

Now, French business professor Jean Pralong has concluded that according to his research, Gen Y does not exist. Rather, that when it comes to workplace attitudes and career ideas, Gen X and Y essentially are the same.

What the …? Yes, I know how to text and tweet, and admit I’ve worn flip-flops to work a couple times, but that does not — I repeat, not — mean Gen Yers and I are the same.

But according to Pralong — who conducted an inter-generational study of 400 French participants with similar educational backgrounds, ranging from students to salaried workers in their 60s — more similarities were found in workplace attitudes and approaches between Gen X workers (born 1960-1977) and Gen Y workers (born 1978-1994) than between Gen Y students and Gen Y workers.

Thus, Pralong, concluded, context creates a more significant link between these groups than generation.

"For economists, a generation is constituted of people who confront the same conditions at work. The study showed that no difference exists between 25-year-olds and 45-year-olds at work. This shows that on a scientific level, Generation Y doesn’t exist," Pralong says.

Interesting, but I don't buy it. What do you think? Do you see a defined difference between Gen X, Gen Y and other generations in the workforce? Or, do you think professor Pralong is on to something? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Posted by: armand m | June 28, 2012 8:14 AM

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Posted by: Marcy S | June 6, 2012 8:30 AM

This is interesting, I didn't know about this before. I am very passionate about zodiacal signs, since I have a a master degree and I think what my horoscope says in the morning is usually what is going to happen during the day. But I think that my horoscope can apply to people which are younger or older than me. Extending this I believe that Gen X and Gen Y can be the same.

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Posted by: Lisa W | February 16, 2011 4:10 PM

Good point from Kristen R. As a Gen Y who does not tweet, text, or use Facebook. I usually align more closely with older individuals because we can have a conversation without the use of a phone keypad.

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Posted by: Susan H | February 16, 2011 3:42 PM

OMG! Does this mean 50 is the new 30?

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Posted by: Kristen R | February 16, 2011 2:15 PM

I'm sorry I can't give proper credit (maybe someone can help?) but I've also heard the theory that generations can be split by use of technology. People who tweet, Google, blog, etc. may have more in common with eath other than people in their own age group.

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