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At the same time, each snapshot can also be compared with contemporaneous snapshots of other age cohorts, allowing for evaluations of whether different generations are aging in different ways.
An example based on a survey question about attitudes toward interracial dating helps illustrate the way these processes and analyses overlap.
Generation X (at 82%) was more supportive than the Baby Boomers when it first appeared in the surveys.
And the Millennial cohort is the most supportive of all.
Another conclusion from the graph is that each younger cohort is more supportive than the cohorts that preceded it.
Baby Boomers were more supportive in 1987 than members of the Silent Generation, and remained that way throughout.
This changing climate for race relations means that each new cohort came to adulthood more supportive of interracial dating, but the continuing cultural forces also persuaded some individuals to change their views on this topic at some point during adulthood.Since 1987, the percentage of Americans approving of interracial dating has increased dramatically, from 48% to 83%.A cohort analysis shows that this change has occurred partly as a result of nearly all individuals become more accepting over time of blacks and whites dating, and partly through generational change, as each new cohort has come of age more supportive than older cohorts.The unique nature of the times imprints itself on each successive age cohort, producing differences that persist even as a cohort ages and moves through the life cycle.In addition to life cycle and cohort effects, there are also .