April 27, 2012

X is for generation X

I think the differences between generations is so interesting.  I really ought to do more research on the matter.  

Anyway, according to this website, I am a generation Xer.  There are plenty of interpretations of when Gen-X begins and when it ends, but it seems most people agree that this generation was born between 1965 - 1980.  And, despite the fact that there are plenty of words that begin with X {most of which I have no idea how to pronounce, let alone define and write a blog post about} I'm going with characteristics of Generation X for my post today.

Here we go!

Gen-Xers are geeks. Some of the most influential Web sites of today -- including YouTube, Amazon.com, and Google -- sprang from the minds of yesterday's video gaming, flannel-wearing slackers.

Gen-Xers are independent thinkers. Gen-Xers are often referred to as first latchkey kids. As the divorce rate rose in the 1970s, Gen-Xers were left to look after themselves while both parents entered the workforce. As a result, many Gen-Xers developed independence and self-reliance. They prefer to do things their own way and thrive in casual, friendly work environments [source: Theilfoldt and Scheef].

Gen-Xers are artists. There are well-known Xer artists (director Quentin Tarantino and actors Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt come to mind), as well as those who are known only inside their own circles of expertise. Kevin Bradley and Julie Belcher of Yee-Haw Industries are making waves in design, bringing back old letterpress techniques. Abattoir's up-and-coming Chef Joshua Hopkins is reimagining whole animal and farm-to-table cooking. Sarah Marks and Lori Kishlar of Third Half Studios regularly make the rounds of festival and craft shows with their macabre anime-like melamine dinnerware, prints and textiles.

You can read more about this article here.

I think I fit into a lot of this.  I do like technology.  My independence is very important to me.  And I do enjoy music, a lot.  

Are you apart of Gen-X?  Do you fit into any of these defintions?


  1. I don't normally think of myself as a Gen Xer (I do scrape into the category) but your post makes it feel quite cool to be one. Cheers!


  2. I'm from the preceeding generation. Strong and reliable, I survived the German measles epidemic and was born in Australia healthy and well. I've moved a lot im my life and now reside in England. I guess I must be a 'W'. Hehe. I made that up. It's all interesting.


  3. I'm from the end of the baby boomer generation, so my children were born after generation X. I work with lots of X-ers, and ...
    But some are exactly like you describe them. I envy their ease with embracing technology.

  4. You are definitely a creative and tech-savvy gen-xer. I like to think I am, too.


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