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Generation X describes the population of planet earth born during the period Paul McCartney first dominated the charts with the Beatles in the early to mid-1960s, until his solo song, “Mull of Kintyre” finally dropped out of the top ten in the late 1970s to early 1980s. They are noted for having the coolest generational name.

Before Generation X were the Baby Boomers, because they liked to shout at babies. After Generation X, come the Millennials that are often called Generation Why, constantly questioning about why their future seems to hold nothing but hard graft and lifelong poverty — when they are not being distracted by taking endless selfies, or ‘liking’ selfies of their tens of thousands of online friends.

Generation X are the only generation capable of both hacking computer code and assembling a wardrobe, but are the only generation that do not understand emocions. They turned the internet from a frustratingly slow form of pornography, into a way of making billions of pounds without making anything at all. Generation X were also notable for their experimental pill-popping, and even today remain very much the pillar of the statin community.

Terminology

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The term "Generation X" has been used at various times throughout history to describe alienated youth. However, the term did not come into its modern definition until after the release of Generation X: For want of a better term for us obnoxious little bastards, a 1991 novel written by Canadian author Douglas Coupland. Demographer Neil Howe noted the delay in naming this demographic cohort saying, "Over 30 years after their birthday, they didn't have a name. I think that's nothing short of what they deserve." Previously, the cohort had been referred to as Post-Boomers, Boom-Boxers, Bombastic Buggers, Lost Generation, Latch-key kids, MTV Generation, the Slacker Generation, and the Friday 13th Generation.

Characteristics

Boomers described Gen X young adults as “bleak, cynical, and disaffected”, but that was hardly surprising from that generation, who had spent more time in the divorce court than stopping their kids fighting over Hungry Horace. Such stereotypes prompted sociological research at Stanford University to study the accuracy of the characterization of Gen X young adults.

Using the national General Social Survey, researchers, who had clearly nothing better to do with taxpayer’s money, concluded that Gen Xers did exhibit higher levels of cynicism, however, they also found that cynicism and disaffection had increased among all age groups surveyed over extended periods — making this an effect of having to sit through a completely meaningless test, not a cohort effect. In other words, adults of all ages were more cynical and disaffected after a week of stupid questions, it was just that Generation X would tell them so after the first hour, then go to the pub.