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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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