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.
Cabbage Patch dolls
Guns ‘n Roses
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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
- “Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers in the Workplace”
- “Because I Said So! ”: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids.
- “When Generations Collide”: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work.
- More books about generations.
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