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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:13 AM
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Would you consider people in their early 20's part of Generation X??
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 02:14 AM by SmileyBoy
How old do you currently have to be to be considered a Gen-X'er??

Or would people born in the early 80's be considered "Generation Y"??

I was born in 1982, BTW.
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:16 AM
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1. I think you're a Gen-Yer
But all those distinctions are commercial media created bullshit, so who cares.

-Spoken like a true Gen-Xer. Whatever.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:19 AM
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2. 1982 is way too late for Generation X
1979-81 is iffy, but 1982 is definently Generation Y or the "Millenial Generation". Birth rates fell off dramatically in 1965 and remained low until 1981. In 1982 a second baby boom commenced.
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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:22 AM
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3. The demographers like to use 1965-1981 for Gen. X
William Strauss and Neil Howe used 1961-1981 but further subdivided it into Atari wave (1961-1971) and Nintendo wave (1972-1981).
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Worst Username Ever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:22 AM
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4. No. Gen Y. X ends before 1980.
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lazarus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:23 AM
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5. at this point
everything post-baby boom is considered GenX, sadly.

I prefer Gen13 for those of us born in the 60's/early 70's. The Baby Bust. Our parents were the leading edge of the Baby Boom, quite in sync with the big generation. So those of us born in the sixties who graduated in the late 70s/early 80s don't really fit at all.

I surely don't feel in the same generation who was born a year after I lost my virginity, which is the way things stand right now.
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:27 AM
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6. My parents were both born early in the Baby Boom.
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 02:27 AM by SmileyBoy
They had me at an older age. I could've been easily born in 1978 if they wanted to have me (they were already married for 5 years).

The average birth year of parents of people my age are between 1950-1960. I guess we were the first children of the Boomers.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:35 AM
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7. Who knows
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 02:36 AM by LeftyMom
Some people say my birth year make me gen X, others gen Y. I was a few grades ahead in school, so doesn't having definitely gen X peers change my status?

Really, I don't fit in with either. I'm definitely one to question the established order, but I'm very motivated and not aquisitive. Not a very good fit for the Gen X stereotype. The Y's I know tend to be conformist overachievers. Not me. Not even close.

I'm LeftyMom, not some label. Not surprising, considering that I'm the offspring of some rather atypical boomers.

ETA: I was born in 81.
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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:28 AM
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8. I was told long ago that Gen X was the years...
Between the Kennedy assasination and the Reagan Election. Of course, any guess would do, since I'm not sure whether or not the person who told me was full of shit.

Gen X used to be called "Baby Busters" because we were the first generation after the Boomers where our birthrate went down. Then Madison Ave decided that didn't have enough snap and sass( or whatever other meaningless adjective they come up with), so they changed it to Gen X. Probably after Billy Idol's derivative and less than talented punk band.

But if 1963-1980 is any indication, then a Gen Xer would be 26 to 41 years old.
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:53 AM
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9. Generation X = born between '65-'76.
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MrSandman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:59 AM
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10. Too old for Gen X...
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 05:00 AM by MrSandman
Too young for the baby boom.


"Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right
Here I am, Stuck in the middle..."
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