Gen Xers have been defined:
“The generation born after that of the baby boomers (roughly from the early 1960s to mid 1970s)” and are typically perceived by Baby Boomers to be the “disaffected” and “directionless” generation.
Unlike their previous cohort, generation X has been judged discontent and disloyal, specifically towards government and authority. However, they do believe they can change the world and influence others via economic, media and consumer action.
Many things define this generation. To name a few, Gen X “was introduced to home computing, video games, cable television and the Internet.” They’ve alternatively been dubbed the MTV Generation.
When compared with previous age groups, Gen X represents the beginning of a more heterogeneous world, embracing diversity of race, class, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, much more so than their older peers.
To conclude, Gen X is the important link between Baby Boomers and Gen Y. As the older cohort begins to retire, Gen X will run the show and will train the young to follow in their footsteps. Gen X will have a strong impact on how the world is shaped for the years to come.
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1. Wikipedia: Generation X http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_x