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Generation X: Who needs them?

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Gen X sucks! It's just not as sexy as the other generations it falls between. The Silent Generation defeated the Nazis, Boomers started a revolution, and Millennials are saving the planet. Generation X is so bad it doesn’t even have a name, just an X. Gen Xers are the smallest of the four generations with a dip in the population line by about 20-30 million. While most of the attention of young professionals is focused on this overconfident, happy and resourceful millennial generation, what’s forgotten is that YP’s still have a large Gen X segment in them. 

If we use the current membership guidelines of most YP groups the age out limitation is usually 40 years of age, the most restrictive are capped at 35 years of age. Most research points to 1980 as being the arbitrary gateway to be considered a Millennial. Those two facts together suggest that the working world has at least five to 10 years left of Gen Xer’s preparing to take over. The population gap gives opportunities to Boomers to stay past their prime and Millennials to seize the day as well. However, for the Xer, their life experience of critical thinking, skepticism, isolation and standing in the shadows will be a highly valuable experience for management and leadership.

Gen Xers experience being caught in the middle positions and will have to deal with the largest generation gap since 1969 and the subsequent problems that brings, such as differing views on politics, religion, leadership and technology. In regards to technology, Gen X is already showing its leadership. While many seek Millennials for understanding of the latest Web 2.0 technology, it is Gen X, not Millennials, that is leading the charge with the most buzz worthy of social media tools: Twitter.

Millennials have not caught on to Twitter as much as Gen X has, but looking at the 3-year-old service that Twitter is, its millions of users, its rapid growth, diversity of third party applications, and its saturation in print and media., makes it a force to be reckoned with. In addition, its ability to break real time events like the overseas uprising in Iran, the stateside death of Michael Jackson in and even more localized events like the dismissal of public from the State Capitol, give Twitter a legitimacy that other platforms just don’t have. Gen X can be proud to lead the charge in this area and be content with anticipation over joining the leadership circle and finally getting some respect.

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jibberish!.....anyone who paints people in these arbitrary boxes is written by someone who has never been out in the real world with a real job (for profit)

So you rail against "arbitrary boxes" by putting people into "arbitrary boxes"? Oh the Irony! Generational difference are real, just ask any HR department (from the real world). I would politely suggest, for discourse sake, that if you are going to spend the time to right a comment, think first. I'm sure readers would love to hear why you disagree rather than how much you disagree.

I am technically a millenial and my husband is Generation X. I do think Generation X is a tough spot to find one's self in. You must try to manage the expectations of an older workforce while also trying to adapt to the expectations of a younger workforce that is so in tune with technology that it has changed the way we view the traditional "work day."

the problem with many with the generation label as you pointed out is the blurring of the generational line. This was the point that I think the first commenter was trying to convey. Personally I think like a Millennial, feel like an Xer, and act like a Boomer. Generational labels are a result of identified behaviors exhibit by people of similar time frame. these behaviors were the result of situations that occurred during their span. the counter culture of the 60 & 70s, cold war & Pax Romana of the 80's & 90's terrorism & violence of the new millennium, these experiences definitely have an effect on the people who experience them at development phases of their age.

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