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Gen-Xers Are Left Off List And Twitter’s Response Is Internet Gold

CBS News recently ran a story titled, “Are Millennials The Burnout Generation?” They posted an infographic outlining generations defined by birth year. They included the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Millennials, and Post-Millennials. But they seem to have forgotten one.


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Apparently, no one exists between the ages of 38-53 (including me). It’s known as Generation X btw. Oh wait, formerly known as Generation X.

Which is ironic, considering we’re also dubbed “the Forgotten Generation.” It’s no surprise, really. We were the latch key kids, left to our own devices by our parents. We’re sandwiched between the bigger Boomers and Millennials. The middle child. And we ALL know what happens to the middle child.

Jan Brady happens.

Can we really blame CBS? I mean, how important are Gen-Xers anyway? We’re only 66 million strong. A mere 20% of the population.

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Let’s play a little game, shall we? It’s called “What Would The World Be Missing If Gen-X (1965 – 1980) Never Happened?”

  • A little thing called the Internet
  • The introduction of mobile phones, which led to cell phones, and who even uses those?
  • The invention of personal computers – again, no biggie.
  • GPS – we don’t really need to know where we are or where we’re going. Esp. Gen-Xers who apparently don’t exist anyway.
  • The best movies of all time, including: The Godfather, Star Wars, Jaws, Rocky, American Graffiti, Saturday Night Fever, Dirty Harry, Grease (is the word, sorry, couldn’t help myself).

A generation that just happened to be defined by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Watergate scandal, the Challenger explosion, Roe vs. Wade, acid wash jeans, Doc Martens, banana clips, Sweet Valley High, the Brat Pack, Madonna, Jon Bon Jovi, Journey, Van Halen, mix tapes, Blockbuster, Must-See TV, video games, and MTV.

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But it’s okay, CBS. Really. And Twitter agrees. Sit back and enjoy the hilarious sarcasm that we Gen-Xers are known for (if we existed).

Actually it’s 66 million, but whatever.

Probably not.

Except maybe the inventors of that thing…you know, the internet-y thing, Google? Oh, and Amazon, Netflix, Yahoo, and Twitter. But you know, nobody really important.

You would think someone was born between 1965 and 1980, but you’d be mistaken.

Where IS Gen-X? This is strangely accurate.

Yes, we are the forgotten. It’s really not that hard to believe, Samantha. We are just like you. We are ALL the middle child.

Some of us are perfectly okay with being left out.

But some of us just want to be seen.

And remembered. Whoops, sorry, too late.

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Look, I’m just going to say it. Gen-Xers are the best. We may be slackers (we’re not) and have said weird things, like “grody to the max” and “gag me with a spoon,” but we grew up in the greatest generation ever. Hands down. So go ahead, CBS. You can forget about us. We don’t care. We’re apathetic like that. But we will go down in history as having the BEST music. Just sayin’.