Meaning of Generation X

What is Generation X:

Generation X is a term used to refer to the generation of people born approximately in the mid-1960s and 1980s. It is also known as the generation Peter Pan or generation Mtv, by the television channel.

Generation X is one whose parents are part of the generation baby boom, which are people born at the end of World War II until the early 1960s, who are characterized by being conservative.

Likewise, they are the parents of individuals who are part of generation Y or Millennials, which were born from the mid-1980s and are very used to using technology.

The term generation X was first used by photographer and journalists Robert Capa, but was popularized by Douglas Coupland after the publication of his novel Generation X, in 1991, which recounts what the lifestyle of young people was like during the 1980s.

Generation X has experienced a large number of important social, political and technological changes that marked the history of humanity, such as the creation of technological equipment, computers, the use of the Internet, the transition from cassettes and videocassettes to the CD format. and, later, to MP3, MP4 and iPod, among others.

This generation also experienced the transition from black and white television to color TV, and grew up under the influence of audiovisual media, which is why they are more consumers and even developed more critical and skeptical thinking than previous generations .

Generation X was the first to have mobile phones, use chats and text messaging, which later included sending and receiving images.

According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan in 2011, those who are part of generation X are characterized by being happy, balanced and active people.

It is also a generation that likes to dedicate part of their time to cultural and outdoor activities, they do not want to repeat the previous patterns in which people dedicate a good part of their personal lives to work.

Generation X features

Below are the salient features of Gen X.

  • They are generally descendants of conservative families.
  • It is a generation that grew up alongside technological advances.
  • They carry out countless cultural and outdoor activities and like to share with family and good friends.
  • Many are individualists, single, do not have children and do not usually publish many things about their life on social networks.
  • They are not dependent users of the Internet and technologies, but they do benefit from its functions.
  • They are not workaholics, however, they are quite entrepreneurial and stay in the same position or company for a long time.
  • They balance their personal life with job responsibilities.
  • They witnessed the end of the Cold War.
  • They witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • It is the first generation to know scientifically what HIV / AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is.
  • Women choose various job positions and are independent.
  • Many have been entrepreneurs and have founded their own companies.
  • Are the parents of Generation Y or Millennials.
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