You’re no doubt already aware of the terms ‘Generation X’, ‘Millennials’ etc, referring to different generations of people, and although there are differing opinions as to the exact dates, Generation X typically means people born from the mid 1960s until the early 1980s. And an article by the Independent claims that those of us born between those dates have lots to be happy about, boasting that “Generation X has the benefit of possessing the best characteristics of both [the Baby Boomers and the Millennials] with none of the downsides”.
The article goes on to give examples of some of the characteristics that Generation X are blessed with, which we have compiled into a handy list of 10. Do you identify with some of these characteristics? Could you even identify with ALL of them?
1. They Haven’t Always Been Well Thought Of
The Independent’s article says that “for a long time people thought Generation X meant we were nihilistic slackers who would never amount to much. But, oh, we’ve come of age now. We’re mainly in our forties and fifties, and this is our time.”
2. They Have A Peaceful Outlook
The Independent say that Generation X “knew war. Some of us fought and died in the Falklands, in Bosnia, in Afghanistan, in Iraq. Some of us protested those wars. We lived through the mistakes and we can make sure they don’t happen again.”
3. They Work Hard AND Play Hard
The thought is that Generation X has the benefit of possessing the best characteristics of both the boomers and the millennials, and none of the downsides. They know how to work hard, they know how to play hard, and they are very industrious.
4. They’re Happy In Their Mid Life
In midlife, research describes Generation X’ers as ‘active, happy, and having entrepreneurial tendencies’.
5. They’re Extremely Effective In The Workplace
Guides about managing multiple generations in the workforce have also described Generation X as ‘independent, resourceful, self-managing, adaptable, cynical, pragmatic, skeptical of authority, and seeking a work life balance’.
6. They’ve Had Some Things Easy
This is because Generation X were paid by the government to go to university. They’re also the last generation to be able to afford a mortgage, and they remember when it was easier to get a job.
7. They Know How To Deal With A Hangover
The Independent’s article says that Generation X “had alcopops and ecstasy and we were fearless and stupid and happy, but we still got up for work on Monday morning, no matter how bad we felt.”
8. They’re Extremely Confident With The Internet
The Baby Boomers don’t understand the internet and the millennials don’t remember a time BEFORE the internet. But Generation X CREATED the internet, and made it what it is today.
9. They Get The Job Done
The article says that Generation X “get up early to go to work, [and] we come out in the middle of the night to fix your burst pipe.”
10. They Learn From The Past And Try To Shape The Future
The Independent continue with “Boomers live in the past and have ransomed the future. Millennials fear the future and are ignorant of the past. Generation X acknowledges what has gone before, learns from it, and resolves to shape the future into something better.”
Does this sound like you? Be sure to share this with your friends and family who were born between 1965 and 1982 to see if they too identify with Generation X!