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Who is Generation X

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The children of the baby boomers form Generation X, a generation that has seen more medical and technological advances than any prior generation. Born between 1961 and 1980, Generation X has shortened the learning curve as their fast-passed attention span generates a continual desire for new ideas and an insatiable appetite for more technology.

The term Generation X was first used in the early 1950s by Robert Capa, a photojournalist, to refer to the baby boomer generation. He referred to the fast pace of enthusiastic learning shared among the generation. But as time passed it was the children of the baby boomers that would demonstrate an even stronger desire for fast-paced learning complemented by technology. Because of the wide acceptance of the baby boomer label the term Gen X was handed down to the boomers’ children.

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

© 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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