Definition of baby boomer
- a television program that is popular among baby boomers
: an extremely young child
: an extremely young animal
: the youngest of a group
: of, relating to, or being an extremely young child
: much smaller than the usual
: to tend to indulge with often excessive or inappropriate care and solicitude
: to use or treat with care
: one that booms
: one that joins a rush of settlers to a boom area
: a transient worker (such as a bridge builder)
A baby boomer is a member of the generation born between 1946 and 1964.
The term baby boom refers to the increase in births after the end of World War II. Today, America’s 75 million baby boomers represent about 30% of the population.
Though no terms describe every member of a population or group, the 1960s and early 1970s were defining times for this generation, though boomers born after around 1959 likely have different experiences and definitions of that era. Noted for a penchant for social change, increased divorce rates, affluent living and helicopter parenting (micromanaging their children), the baby boom generation has indeed transformed the American experience.
From an economic perspective, the baby boomer generation is a major force not only for its sheer size but for its habits. In general terms, this population segment is responsible for more than half of all consumer spending in the United States.
The population of the United States is expected to age over the next several decades, thanks to the aging boomers. Many analysts expect this to create a corresponding increase in demand for aging care, products for the elderly, estate and retirement planning, and similar goods and services.
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