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Thread: Are we the unloved/forgotten generation?

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    Are we the unloved/forgotten generation?

    I think most of us here fall into what the media has dubbed Gen X. This is not really one of those back in my day type of threads or a criticism of Boomers or Millennials. Just a few of my thoughts on how the media covers the supposed generational divides and treats people as groups instead of individuals. So, don't take it too seriously.

    When I was kid all I heard about were the Baby Boomers and now as an adult all I hear about are the Millennials. What do the Millennials want, what do the Millennials think, how do they shop, how do they feel, etc. We also often hear about how hard it is for Millennials. I'm certainly not saying or think they have it easy. Every generation has had their share of challenges and problems. As a generation we lived through Watergate, the energy crisis, hostage crisis, the cold war, Iran Contra, the AIDS crisis, high inflation, high unemployment and so on. But no one cared we what thought or how we felt.

    Heck, everything we liked (cartoons, toys, games, music, etc.) were called demonic and we were going to be the decline of Western civilization. You know, they are actually building tiny Target stores just for Millennial customers. Seriously! They never built us special stores. We were expected to shop at the same Walmarts and Targets as everyone else and like it. We just seem to be a black sheep generation stuck between the two generations society actually cares about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Werewolf View Post

    Heck, everything we liked (cartoons, toys, games, music, etc.) were called demonic and we were going to be the decline of Western civilization.
    That prediction is still up in the air
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    That prediction is still up in the air
    Lol, yeah, that actually reminds me of another thing. We are also stuck between two generations that blame us for their problems.
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    In general, and there are many specific exceptions to this, my work experience has been Boomers still in control of decision making and grooming Millennials to take their place. Skipping right over Gen X. They're going to stay middle management. Of course this was not policy or strictly overt, but it was kind of in play like some little sub-routine running in the background. For example, I worked with Boomers who, when it came to computers and tech, wanted to believe that only Millennials could grasp these things as "natives" and failed to realize that Gen Xers have grown up with all of this, too. That being the case, Gen Xers know why things are done the way the are because we watched how it has evolved and that can be very important and very valuable....but that was only acknowledged if there were problems to be solved that would make that apparent. Then it went right back to status quo. I once had a Boomer assert that "20-somethings are the only ones that get this stuff". My reply was, "Well, consider me a 20-something with 20 years of experience".

    Again, this is just a generalization of what I have decided is "sort of in play" based on what I have observed along the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makernaut View Post
    For example, I worked with Boomers who, when it came to computers and tech, wanted to believe that only Millennials could grasp these things as "natives" and failed to realize that Gen Xers have grown up with all of this, too.
    Totally! We were the generation that grew up with video games and home computers. We are not exactly luddites, here.

    I also agree about Boomers skipping us and grooming Millennials to be their successor.
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    ^ I hadn't thought of it that way before, but that's certainly true or rings true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makernaut View Post
    For example, I worked with Boomers who, when it came to computers and tech, wanted to believe that only Millennials could grasp these things as "natives" and failed to realize that Gen Xers have grown up with all of this, too. That being the case, Gen Xers know why things are done the way the are because we watched how it has evolved and that can be very important and very valuable....but that was only acknowledged if there were problems to be solved that would make that apparent. Then it went right back to status quo. I once had a Boomer assert that "20-somethings are the only ones that get this stuff". My reply was, "Well, consider me a 20-something with 20 years of experience".

    Again, this is just a generalization of what I have decided is "sort of in play" based on what I have observed along the trail.
    Great observation. I'd wager quite a few Gen Xers have tech skillsets that are far beyond many Millennials. I think we tend to be more comfortable with desktop computing versus devices. When I was being groomed as a preservice teacher, we were warned that the "Digital Natives" would run circles around us. Yeah, that hasn't happened, in my experience. In my job I see about 50 new kids come through my educational technology facility, and I'm not impressed. Very few of them can navigate a simple operating system. Some of them tap the monitors instinctively, rather than using the mouse. I have yet to meet a young person who truly utilizes the computing power of their phones to create their own audio, artwork, or movies. After growing up with tape recorders, Super8 Cameras, and giant Camcorders, I would've killed for the potential in a smartphone to make my own visual or auditory stories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedji View Post
    I have yet to meet a young person who truly utilizes the computing power of their phones to create their own audio, artwork, or movies. After growing up with tape recorders, Super8 Cameras, and giant Camcorders, I would've killed for the potential in a smartphone to make my own visual or auditory stories.
    Yep, todays phones have more power than the computers that ran the Moon landing and people pretty much use them just to take selfies.
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    the bigger issue I see, is that too many millenials have no work ethic. these kids just do not want to work, or some don't know how to organize themselves enough to get work done.

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    Because it's a generation of instant gratification, knowledge, and response. They all want it now.
    I see it with my daughter in high school, doing homework. No research, no looking things up...type in a topic and all you need is there. But the thing is, without the effort of finding it, thete's no retention. When she's finished an assignment it's over. Because if you HAVE to know it it's readily available in seconds. But missing is the history, the experience.
    Same reason no one writes and sends letters. Why wait for response?
    I honestly don't know where things are going to go, but it's not gonna be pretty I'm afraid.

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