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"It has been said that a 'Gen-Xer' differs from a savings bond, in that eventually, a savings bond will mature and earn money."

- from wikipedia

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 10:03AM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments5 Comments

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I was born in 1979, so I'm at the tail end of the traditional Gen X dating. I think I related a bit more to the "cusp" group that you posted yesterday.

My sibs were born in 81, 86, 88, 90 and 93 and there is definitely a bit of a generation gap between me & my 24-year-old sister and the rest of 'em. So that would seem to lend some credence to the use of 81-83 as a breaking point of sorts. For example, we didn't have a VCR until the mid-80s. I distinctly remember our first VCR. And we were a little behind the times, but not THAT behind the times. Most of the families I knew had a VCR before we did, but it wasn't like we got one 86 years later. Now, my brothers and sisters have not 1 lousy VCR, but 3 DVD players (and iPods, etc). I think the other article did mention that XY'ers remember a time when technology was not as common, while true Y'ers feel like it's always been around.

I think I'm rambling. All that to say, I probably feel a little more Xish than a lot of my peers only because I had the contrast growing up right in front of me. Though I don't universally identify with a lot of the Xisms, I know I'm not very Y, so what else is there, other than the middling group which probably fits--so many of the cultural things they mentioned were right out of my childhood--but I hadn't heard of it until yesterday and so I haven't really digested the possibility.

I guess this probably fits better with the XY post, so I'll make it relevant to today by adding that I didn't really care for this part of the article linked above:

"Assuming the average person has their children somewhere in his or her 20's, this means Generation X's children will be born between 1984 and 2004."

Good Lord. Did my biological clock just tick?
Feb 22, 2006 at 01:31PM | Unregistered Commentermeegs
oh wow...that's pretty darn funny...
Feb 22, 2006 at 01:55PM | Unregistered Commenterraeh
meegs - yeah, i think we're "cuspers" [i'm '79 as well]. i also remember our first vcr. and FINALLY chucking the rotary phone! and using black-and-green-screened apple IIs running DOS in elementary school. etc., etc.

my biological clock will be sadly out of date by the time it sees any action.
Feb 22, 2006 at 02:32PM | Registered Commentermdog
i hear that!
Feb 23, 2006 at 08:41AM | Unregistered CommenterJoy
Oh the memories! I remember the VCRs where the tapes popped up out of the top, although we didn't own one, and the Apple IIe was the first computer I ever used sometime around 3rd grade.
Feb 23, 2006 at 09:39AM | Unregistered Commenterjared

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