Don’t Forget About Gen X

I keep seeing a mistake that is repeated over and over again across all kinds of platforms. I see it on television, hear it on the radio and of course, it is on every social media app. I have let it slide every time I come across it, except for a few muttered comments under my breathe, but now I am sick of it, and it must be addressed. There is a generation smack dab between the Boomers and the Millennials, and we are known as Generation X.

Born between 1965-1980, Gen X has experienced a lot of things before anyone else did. We were the original latch key kids, because both parents worked…o.k., not my mom, but a lot of moms. We were the ones right there for the beginning of the computer age. We grew up using a card catalog in the library to find books and we know how to read an actual map without the help of a cell phone. But we were right there to learn how to use the cell phone as the smart phone became the end all be all of how we live our lives. Yes, it might take us a little longer, but not as long as it takes our parents…the actual Baby Boomers.

And there is part of the problem…people are using the word “boomer” as an insult and as a defining term but throwing it at the wrong group. Have you seen this? It’s everywhere. I was on IG the other day and came across a post about how women of different ages would wear exercise clothing. It was cute, but it went right from Boomer to Millennial…happens all the time…Gen X forgotten again.

I might get some shade from my fellow Xer’s, because our generation is really all about not caring about what people think. All you have to do is watch our movies and listen to our music to know that. “Reality Bites” with Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder is a perfect example. But I had to let you know we are still here.

I don’t know when the term boomer started to apply to any older generation in general, but it’s time to knock it off. Why? Because 1. everyone should learn about the generations and their characteristics and 2. dude…we are not that old.

I guess we are the in-between generation. Old enough to have kids and probably grandkids, to be able to start thinking about retirement and our joints are starting to hurt more than they used to, but young enough to still play video games, use Venmo and know how to make a Tik-Tok video. I guess you can say we are the seen it all generation, the gap between old and new. So as the Simple Minds sing so perfectly in “The Breakfast Club”…”Don’t you, forget about me.”

***Question for the comments…which generation to you fall into? Do you think the general characteristics of your generation apply to you?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

10 thoughts on “Don’t Forget About Gen X

  1. I am a Gen X’er. I am at almost the very beginning of this generation and as such I have identified more with the Boomers for a long time. But You’re right, our generation is often overlooked or worse, associated with all that is bad. LOL

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  2. Boomer here. The Boomers ended in 1964,so Donnie made it by the skin of his teeth. Gen X is the inconsequential generation. X is always the variable with no apparent value in math. 2x + 3 = 9. Solve for X. They figured your generation needed a name and since there was no outstanding feature to them, it just became Gen X (read GenWhoGivesADamn?) Kind of like Colleen being named Colleen (“a girl”) because they didn’t care. 🤣 Millenials are millenials because they have a characteristic. Your group doesn’t. Sorry, babe. Maybe rename it GenWeFellThroughTheCracks?

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    1. Seriously…lol…that may be true, but we are here and we do have our own flavor and way of doing things. To paraphrase Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction”…”We will not be ignored” Well…we have been, lol, but we shouldn’t be

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  3. It seems we have been forgotten or skipped over but the beauty of it is this we damn well know the difference between old sku and what theses kids are like now days…I don’t regret being a gen-x and eventually as time goes on we’ll all be forgotten…Mark my words in the future when people look back we will have our day as the generation that had the best of both worlds…isn’t that right aunty tracie

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  4. Hell yes Gen X!!!!!! Baby doll dresses with combat boots. Alternative rock. Reality Bites. Cynicism at its finest. Actually knowing how to use a map, the Dewey decimal card catalog, a rotary phone and a dial phone and a cellphone ( yes, the human brain can hold all three….) Thinking its ok for the winner to get the big trophy, and telling the others you did your best. We will get ’em next time!

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