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Seven Reasons That I Love Generation Xers

Apr 30, 2008
While conducting generation search on the Internet yesterday, I ran across an article entitled "Why I hate Boomers." So tonight I did a search and got a whole page of returns for the phrase "I hate Boomers," including a blog and a forum thread.

So, as a Boomer, I wish to respond, with "I love Generation Xers." I list just a few of the reasons why in this article.

Now that wasn't always the case. When the first class of Generation Xers enrolled in my classes at The University of Oklahoma, I was bewildered. I'd never taught students who accepted nothing that I taught without questioning it, often in a challenging and disrespectful way.

I became driven to understand them because that was the only way that I could effectively teach them. Thus, I first love Generation Xers because they compelled me to begin researching generations, and that began a line of research that has since become a passion.

At first Boomer writers described Generation Xers with adjectives such as "whiners, malcontents, drifters and cynics." But I began to see another side of them - their pragmatic, self-sufficient, savvy, ambitious and independent side.

I love Generation Xers because both sets of adjectives partially describe them and because no set of adjectives can truly describe them. They're too individual to be so characterized, and that's the second reason that I love Generation Xers.

Generation Xers' unwillingness to be duped by a person just because they hold a position of authority, and their independent thinking and strong convictions comprise the third reason that I love Generation Xers. It's ironic that characteristics that first frustrated me with them, I now consider strengths.

The fourth reason that I love Generation Xers is that they treat their children and careers differently than I did. As one of the oldest of Boomer women, I helped to blaze the trail into male-dominated fields and sacrificed time with my Generation X daughter in the process. So I love Generation Xers because they refuse to make that same sacrifice.

Fifth, I love Generation Xers because in spite of not sacrificing time with their families and children, they are still achieving success in their careers and businesses. In fact, they are achieving more and living higher lifestyles than anyone predicted when they were adolescents.

The sixth reason that I love Generation Xers is because they are patriotic and spiritual in an independent manner. These and many other Generation X characteristics have earned them respect as adults, and yes, even from Boomers.

The seventh reason that I love Generation Xers is because they have become the adults that we Boomer parents really desired them to be. We may not have fully understood all the implications of that desire, but we were right in that Generation Xers are making our world stronger and better.
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