My name is Lynn and I am a Gen-Xer.
I started this blog a couple of years ago to muse about life, work, communications and technology from the perspective of a member of Generation X, the demographic squeezed between the Baby Boomers and their progeny, Generation Y. After a long sabbatical, I’ve decided to pull the blog out of mothballs and reinvent it.
But then, reinvention is what Gen-X does best, isn’t it?
So, what does it mean to be “X”?
Generation X is the generation born after the Baby Boomers. It is most commonly defined as the generation with birth years from 1960 to 1980. Many attribute the term to author Douglas Coupland who popularized it in his 1991 novel, “Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture”. However, the term had already been coined in the 1964 sociology book “Generation X” by Jane Deverson and Charles Hamblett.
Today, much is discussed about the woes of aging Boomers, the emerging Gen Y and Millennials in the workplace. But Gen X is moving up the organizational ladder and Xers from Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and the Google guys are sitting in the big chairs. For the next couple of decades, it may finally be our turn, albeit briefly, to have an influence on where we’re going.