I sit across from a remarkable woman who is not from Generation X – She’s a baby boomer.  I am however from Generation X – in fact I was born towards the middle of the generation’s year span (1961-1981).

My coworker will often ask “what is” or “where is ___?”. To which she runs for the map or dictionary and I’ll say “let’s google it” – and out of my laptop pops the answer. My methods of getting the answers is not second nature to her. And my internet/reactionary method it is now a running joke – “she’s GenX”.

It is truly interesting to see the day to differences between her generation and mine. Observing and studying the generational differences has become an important aspect in today’s work environment. There is much to learn from eachother.

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2 Responses to X

  1. hetyd4580 says:

    Interesting blog, Metier. But only very few actual generation experts start GenX in 1961; the vast majority start it in the mid-1960s. It’s also important to distinguish between the post-WWII demographic boom in births vs. the cultural generations born during that era. Generations are a function of the common formative experiences of its members, not the fertility rates of its parents. And most analysts now see generations as getting shorter (usually 10-15 years now), partly because of the acceleration of culture. Many experts now believe it breaks down more or less this way:

    DEMOGRAPHIC boom in babies: 1946-1964
    Baby Boom GENERATION: 1942-1953
    Generation Jones: 1954-1965
    Generation X: 1966-1978

  2. About Métier says:

    Thanks for your comment. Generation Jones seems to be a much ignored segment.

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