Welcome to issue #147 of The Process, the newsletter for FlowingData members about how the charts get made. I’m Nathan Yau, and this week I’m thinking about finite years, the long game, and learning visualization at an older age.
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Since no one has figured out how to defeat time, age generations come and go. This chart shows the generational breakdowns since 1920.
With this straightforward unit chart, wcd.fyi shows which generation each Senate member belonged to, from 1947 through 2021. Each rectangle represents a senator, and each column represents a cohort.
As time moves on, the generations inevitably shift. In 2021, we have the first Millennial senator in Jon Ossoff from Georgia.
Tags: age, generations, government, Senate
What is old? When it comes to subjects like health care and retirement, we often think of old in fixed terms. But as people live longer, it's worth changing the definition. Read More
You've probably heard the lines about how "40 is the new 30" or "30 is the new 20." What is this based on? I tried to solve the problem using life expectancy data. Read More
30 is the new 20. Wait. 40 is the new 20. No, scratch that. 50 is the new 20. Or is 50 the new 30? Here’s what the Google says, so you know it must be true.
Tags: age, Google, search
Based on estimates from the United States Census Bureau released for July 2019, Millennials are the largest living generation in the country now. Read More
xkcd crossed a rough age distribution of people becoming grandparents with people named “Chad” and “Jason” to highlight the dawn of a new era. The time is now.
Tags: age, humor, names, xkcd
One of the best ways to feel old is to look to your past and realize how long ago it was. Wait Buy Why demonstrates with a bunch of timeline splits. For example: “Remember when Jurassic Park, The Lion King, and Forrest Gump came out in theaters? Closer to the moon landing than today.
I feel like there was an xkcd comic about this, but the closest I could find in my notes was a tweet from Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Just an FYI: The year 1980 is as far in today’s past as 1947 was to 1980.”
Update: From xkcd, there was one on Movie Ages and another on Timeghost. (Thanks, @ilarischeinin and @CultureOverTime.)
Yay. We’re all old. Eventually.
Tags: age, timeline, Wait But Why
It seems like no matter what I do, I cannot sleep through the night. Will it ever let up? According to the data, the answer is no and it will only get worse. Read More