The ideas and personalities of a generation can be traced to important events that have changed the way people think. Throughout history, each generation becomes a little bit different than the one before. This may be due to new inventions or wars that have happened that have changed people. Generations also try to rebel against whatever the older generations believe in, thus creating a new unique outlook on life. In the time period of 1985-2002, many events happened that altered people in the United States as well as around the world.
Much of the older generations call this new generation lazy and spoiled. They think that everything is given to them and they have no work ethic. This is partly true but the same things were said about their generation. It can't be helped, technology is making life easier for people and this trend will keep continuing unless some drastic event halts this technological age.
Much of the computerization of America started in the 80's. Computers had been around since the 40's, but computers that people could buy for their own personal use were not popular until the 80's. The MS-DOS program that IBM used in its computers became extremely popular. Now people could play games on their computer and write new programs for it. Many other inventions were being brought to light and being commercially sold during the 80's like the camcorder and the CD player. CD's soon overtook vinyl records as the most popular way to listen to music. Technology started playing bigger and more important roles in people's lives.
The 80's also saw some other major events. The late 80's saw the end of the cold war and the collapse of Soviet Union. In 1989, the Berlin Wall was destroyed and communism was destroyed in the U.S.S.R.