posted on Jan, 8 2009 @ 05:51 PM
I am a Gen Xer born in December 1979. I think this could be a great discussion.
Gen X has written on a great deal and here are some common things I believe is "generally" true about my cultural subset of Gen X.
1. Less materialistic. The boomers before us bought a lot of stuff, Generation Y after us buys tons of gadgets/iphones/whatevers. Us in the middle
"tend" less consumerist. Kyred stated that he felt robbed by his generations materialism. Many of us felt this way from a very young age, Kyred was
ahead of the curve. We have been bombarded by commercials on everything from clothing to our bed sheets, all this beginning in our infancy. That
combined with one parent homes or a home with both working left many to seek fulfillment in consumer products at a young age. We learned that they
didn't do it for us early on, so we rejected the consumer culture. Most Xers I know don't have a lot and don't want a lot.
2. Distrust of business. We have watched tons of layoffs. We have seen people who gave their whole life to a business become worthless, their pensions
go into the wind and 401K's collapse. We are not a loyal group to business and we assume they are lying when they speak. This is another reason we
tend to buy less, we have a shadow over us reminding us it can fall apart at any time.
3. Medications. We are the first generation of young people to be bombarded by prozac, vallium etc. While meds were being invented and taken in the
60's and 70's, parents didn't give them to their kids until us...
Drugs are not new to any generation, we could probably be called the first prescription generation.
This is just a few points to consider.
True or not, who knows, just what I've seen and experienced.