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Entertainment shaping Generation X

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It is clear that historical events and inventions have shaped each of history’s generations. The shared experiences of a generation as children, preadolescents and young adults can be seen across a wide majority of individuals within a generation. Entertainment has also had an impact on recent generations following the advent of mass media.

Generation X has undoubtedly been shaped by entertainment. Most remarkably is the difference between the baby boomers’ Capt. Kangaroo and the Xers’ Sesame Street. The latter is often cited as a reason for the shorter attention spans of the younger generation versus the longer attention span of their parents. While the Capt. could spend 15 to 20 minutes on a single demonstration using construction paper, safety scissors and Elmer’s glue the characters on Sesame Street never spent more than a minute on a single subject unless it was changed up drastically.

Here are just some of the highlights of the shared experiences of Generation X relative to entertainment.


The Simpsons

Cabbage Patch dolls

Pet Rocks

Sesame Street




Bon Jovi


Guns ‘n Roses


From a series on generational cultures from Used by permission. For further information about generational cultures or other cultures visit their website.

This is excerpted from a series on generational cultures from Used by permission. For further information about generational cultures or other cultures visit their website.

©2014 Max Impact, used with permission.

Learn more about today’s generations:

  • Builders / Traditionalists, also known as the greatest generation, born before 1944
  • Baby boomers, sometimes relabeled the sandwich generation, born between 1943 and 1964
  • Generation X, born between 1961 and 1980
  • Generation Y, sometimes referred to as the millennial generation, born between 1977 and 2000
  • Millennials, sometimes referred to as generation Z, born after 1998

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