Generation X

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Millennials Are the 'Hookup Generation'? Not Quite

They have less sex, few partners than their parents: study

(Newser) - Think young people are knocking boots left and right? You're actually way off. In fact, millennials' sex lives are most similar to those about 75 years ago, a new study finds. In a survey of 26,000 adults from 1989 to 2014, people born in the 1980s and '... More »

MTV Names Post-Millennial Generation

Now we've got 'Founders' in the fray with baby boomers, Gen X, and millennials

(Newser) - Baby boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials looking for a new group to blame the woes of the world on, rest easy: Whether we wanted them to or not, higher-ups at MTV—or, rather, "arrogant marketing dolts at the increasingly irrelevant basic cable channel," as Don Kaplan writes for... More »

Step Aside, Boomers: Millennials to Be Biggest Generation

They'll number 75.3M this year: reports

(Newser) - If you're aged between 18 and 34 this year, welcome to the biggest generation in the country. Millennials, approximately defined as those born between 1981 and 1997, will this year see their population's size surpass that of baby boomers for the first time: the millennial generation is projected... More »

Almost Half of Millennial Moms Aren't Married

And other facts about the generation

(Newser) - Millennials are getting married later and at a slower pace than previous generations—in part because of economic harships—and that's leading to a lot of babies born out of wedlock. Roughly 47% of the millennial women who had babies in 2012 weren't married, compared with 35% of... More »

Recession Sliced Gen Xers' Net Worth in Half

They lost average of $33K each

(Newser) - Bad news for Generation X: It turns out that those born between 1966 and 1975 were hit hardest by the recession in terms of wealth loss, a Pew study finds. Between 2007 and 2010, Gen Xer's net worth was cut almost in half. Members of the generation, now ages... More »

Gen-Xers React to Own Paul Ryan: Eh, This Bites

First Gen-Xer on presidential ticket inspires, well, angst

(Newser) - At 42-years-old—and a fan of grunge music, Coen brothers movies, and microbrews—Paul Ryan is the first Gen-X candidate to appear on a presidential ticket. But unlike the pride Baby Boomers felt for sax-playing Bill Clinton, Ryan is generating some very Gen-X angst, irony, and diffidence, reports the New ... More »

Downturn Slams Gen-Xers; Boomers, Not So Much

Housing prices are the real culprit

(Newser) - The recession is hurting most of us, but Gen X has taken the brunt of it—thanks to housing prices that fell off a cliff 5 years ago and are still tumbling. Consider the 30-year-old Gen-Xer who bought a house in 2006 for $250,000. That value has now dropped... More »

Not Gen X or a Millennial? Hello, 'Generation Catalano'

'This micro-generation is hard to pin down': Doree Shafrir

(Newser) - Perhaps last week’s Generation X screed didn’t quite ring true to you—but neither did the article about the Millennial Generation that prompted it. If so, you might be a member of “Generation Catalano,” born during the Carter administration and forever stuck between two groups that... More »

Dear Millennials: Shut Up. Sincerely, Gen X

Generation X had it tough too: Mat Honan

(Newser) - Mat Honan has a message seemingly directed at the current generation occupying Wall Street and feeling sorry for itself: “Generation X is sick of your bullshit.” A recent New York article claimed this might be the first generation to end up worse off than its parents: “Please.... More »

O'Donnell's Generation X Roots May Explain All

Meghan Daum: She came of age amid the AIDS crisis of the 1980s

(Newser) - Christine O'Donnell is often dismissed as a Sarah Palin wannabe or a "sanctimonious wingnut," but it's worth noting that the candidate is a full-fledged member of Generation X, writes Meghan Daum. It was in the "gloom and apprehension" of the late 1980s and early '90s—with... More »

Gen-Xers More Loyal to Religion Than Baby Boomers

Researchers blame it on the '1960s effect'

(Newser) - Despite Generation X’s reputation as embracing the unconventional, Gen-Xers are actually more likely than Baby Boomers to remain loyal to religion. A new survey shows Boomers are a full 40% to 50% more likely to abandon their faith than Gen-Xers, Scientific American reports. Researchers say the expanded "religious... More »

With Icons' Deaths, Gen X Grows Up

Pair of generation's icons pass in a day

(Newser) - Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson were icons to many, but especially to the impressionable members of Generation X. “These people were on our lunchboxes,” notes one post-boomer. “This is the moment when Generation X realizes they're grown up." “Cynical” and “disaffected,” Gen X... More »

Belt-Tightening Spares Older Workers

Increasingly, companies value maturity, experience of older employees

(Newser) - As companies nationwide cut tens of thousands of jobs, younger workers appear to be taking a hit as companies try to retain older, more experienced employees, reports BusinessWeek. Boomers increasingly have become corporate America’s gold standard: “When you’re in your 50s and 60s, you’re in your... More »

Obama Signals End of Boomers' DC Reign

But at 47 he's too old for Gen X; seen as more of a bridge

(Newser) - Baby boomers will lose Washington next week to a new, more pragmatic generation. But which one that is seems up for debate, reports the AP. At 47, Barack Obama is a tad too young for boomers—whose partisan politics are informed by civil-rights marches and sexual liberation—but too old... More »

Hey, Gen-Xers, Housing Mess Is Your Fault

They borrowed too much to avoid fractured family of their youth

(Newser) - Stung by the divorces and TV dinners of their youth, Gen-Xers spent whatever it took to make a happy home for themselves and their kids—even when they couldn't afford it, writes Susan Gregory Thomas in Babble. OK, that may be "harsh and exaggerated," she notes. But from... More »

In Your Late 40s? You Are the Dumbest Generation

President-Elect is smart, but his early-60s birth cohort isn't

(Newser) - Barack Obama is a pretty smart guy, but his generation—the strange, in-between group born from the late 1950s to mid-1960s—is, quantitatively, the dumbest on record, writes Neil Howe of the Washington Post. Sometimes called “Generation Jones” or “early Xers,” this group nabbed the fewest educational... More »

Gen X to Boomers: We Get It Now

With Obam's election, Gen X sees the political light

(Newser) - Sorry, boomers, for taking so long to drop the cynicism and eye-rolling, writes Heather Havrilesky in Salon. But to those who "became rational adults at the exact moment a reckless frat boy boomer became president," your generation's idealism and tales of '60s radicalism fell flat, she spills. Barack... More »

Age Is Just a Number; for Guys, It's 31

If it's really all in your head, show your head your birth certificate

(Newser) - Most men have two ages, theorizes author Douglas Coupland of Generation X fame: "the age we really are, and the age we are in our heads," which he pegs at "about 31 or 32." Coupland explains in in Best Life magazine: "When middle-aged men look... More »

Why Gen Xers Hate Corporate Jobs

10 reasons you won't find Xers in an executive suite

(Newser) - Generation Xers don't seem to be clambering to the top of the corporate ladder in the numbers they should be—and many are turned off by corporate life altogether. BusinessWeek has 10 reasons why this might be so:
  1. Xers started their careers just as the economy went into its early
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Smells Like Teen Nostalgia

As baby boomer baubles grow less desirable, collectors turn to Nirvana, G N' R

(Newser) - Grunge is passé, but the market for its collectibles isn’t, reports Portfolio. Nostalgia plays a big role in determining what's hot, and prices on items of baby boomer vintage, even from the likes of the Fab Four, are starting to drop. Meanwhile, the demand for Gen X artifacts—skateboards,... More »

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