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ForrestGump Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-04 08:41 PM
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12. I originally thought that it was
anyone born starting from either 1969-71 (the dates varied depending on who defined it to me) to as late as 1975. Kinda made me wonder what we called the 'lost' generation born after 1964 but before the Xers. Imagine my surprise, a few years ago, when some pundit stated for the record that Generation X began in 1975 and was complete long before I thought it was, by the mid-90s.

Confusing. Stupid, really -- same old arbitrary classifications that both divide and provide fodder for experts of all kinds of stripe, some dubious.

Just looked at this Web site ( ) and saw this:

"The 1961-81 years are also being accepted and popularized by media like TIME magazine, which has used those years in a Gen-X cover story. The years 1965-79, 1964-82, 1960-1970, 1966-1977, and 1970-1983 have also been used in articles on Gen-X, but these all seem very arbitrary, and as you can tell, are all over the map, demographically."

Seems like nobody really agrees, though the site's owner is in favor of the 1965-75 bracket. I always thought that human generations were generally defined as about 20 years, though.

What's really interesting is this:

"Then what's the 1976-81 crowd called? "Generation Y" comes to mind. (Or is that,"Why?") Also known as the "Baby Boomlet", because birthrates went up again in those years, what the media often mis-names "Gen-X" are the "grunge" kids that would be as alien to a high school campus in 1985 as we would have been in at high school in the 1970s. As a side note, it's ironic how this "Boomlet" group is being molded into little clones of the Boomers as they were in their youth, as if they were re-living their youth vicariously THROUGH them, which is, of course, exactly what's happening. The bell-bottoms, drug use, and even the revival of "folk" music- though most don't recognize it as such - looks and sounds shockingly similar, and it's not an accident. (Their little minds are being shaped to mimic Boomer's political and social values, too, but that's another story for another time.)"
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  -Babyboomers, how do you feel about Gen X? Taverner  Apr-23-04 08:24 PM   #0 
  - everything' s cool  fishnfla   Apr-23-04 08:25 PM   #1 
  - got the wrong generation there mate....  kalian   Apr-23-04 08:27 PM   #5 
  - When you're a hammer, everything's a nail  fishnfla   Apr-23-04 08:35 PM   #9 
  - What gen-Xers do you know?  dolo amber   Apr-23-04 09:11 PM   #23 
  - Hey!  robg   Apr-23-04 08:27 PM   #6 
  - Not too shabby, really  robg   Apr-23-04 08:26 PM   #2 
  - Do me one favor...  DAGDA56   Apr-23-04 08:26 PM   #3 
  - What about Alice In Chains?  Taverner   Apr-23-04 08:44 PM   #13 
     - I stand corrected...I almost typed Staind corrected...  DAGDA56   Apr-23-04 08:57 PM   #19 
        - Course we Xers can't thank you enough  Taverner   Apr-23-04 09:01 PM   #21 
           - OK, you made me go put on the Bananna CD by VU...  DAGDA56   Apr-23-04 09:16 PM   #24 
              - PKD was the MAN!!!!  Taverner   Apr-23-04 09:31 PM   #26 
                 - Unless I'm mistaken...  DAGDA56   Apr-23-04 09:33 PM   #27 
  - Generation X definition not so clear....  skooooo   Apr-23-04 08:27 PM   #4 
  - I originally thought that it was  ForrestGump   Apr-23-04 08:41 PM   #12 
  - Geez, you're sure makin me  Nite Owl   Apr-23-04 08:28 PM   #7 
  - Buncha whiny, sniveling, slacker, surly punks  ForrestGump   Apr-23-04 08:31 PM   #8 
  - Boomers, by far, the most selfish pricks ever  fishnfla   Apr-23-04 08:37 PM   #10 
     - Present company excepted, of course  ForrestGump   Apr-23-04 08:51 PM   #17 
  - Some of Billy Idol's best work......  AntiCoup2k   Apr-23-04 08:40 PM   #11 
  - I think you are terriffic  Skittles   Apr-23-04 08:48 PM   #14 
  - Yes I definitely think there's a difference between we Gen Xers  Taverner   Apr-23-04 08:50 PM   #16 
  - I'm not your mom -- my kids are Gen Y  starroute   Apr-23-04 08:48 PM   #15 
  - Well I'm Gen X and I was born in 1970  Taverner   Apr-23-04 08:51 PM   #18 
  - wait, so between what years was generation Y born  mahayasmellbad   Apr-23-04 09:09 PM   #22 
     - My older son, born in late 1978, says he's on the cusp  starroute   Apr-23-04 11:59 PM   #29 
  - well. . .I was born between the boomers and the X'ers. . .  stellanoir   Apr-23-04 08:57 PM   #20 
  - beware of divide and conquer politics  welshTerrier2   Apr-23-04 09:17 PM   #25 
  - nicely said  tigereye   Apr-23-04 11:11 PM   #28 
  - I guess I'm Gen-X  SarahBelle   Apr-24-04 01:00 AM   #30 
  - I have to weigh in here...  lucidmadman   Apr-24-04 01:04 AM   #31 

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