Gen X Culture Comparisons


Here’s a chart sketching out some of the cultural influences of three generations when they were growing up, which separates the Gen Xers from the Boomers that are older and Gen Y/Gen C that are younger.  Enjoy the clarity.  Chart courtesy of LD Buschmann.

Culture Comparison- 3 Generations                                    by LD Buschmann
Categoy Gen X Missed or Was Too Young to Remember:pre 1970Era of Baby Boomers Gen X Saw Growing Up: born: 1961-1981 Gen Y Have Seen So Far Growing Up: born: 1982-1994?
Economy GI Bill,Booming Economy, Suburbia Gas Shortages, Savings & Loan Crisis, Dot Com Boom, Dot Com Bust, Real Estate Bust
War Korea and Viet Nam Afghanistan I Iraq and Afghanistan II
Disaster JFK’s asassination Oklahoma City Bombing 9/11
Musicians The Beatles / Elvis Madonna / Michael Jackson Backstreet Boys / Britney Spears
Game Changer Civil Rights Acts AIDS Columbine HS Massacre
World Event Cuban Missle Crisis Berlin Wall Falling Rwanda and Bosnian Genocides
Toys Board Games Legos, GI Joe, Barbie Console Video Games, GameBoy
Sports Hero Muhammad Ali Walter Payton Michael Jordon
Drug Acid (Turn In, Tune On, Drop Out) Speed and Coke (Living 24 Hours a Day) Ecstasy and Meth (Take a Chill Pill)
Group Party Woodstock We Are The World and Farm Aid Million Man March
Technology Man on the Moon The PC and Cell Phones World Wide Web, eBay, Yahoo!
Politics Nixon / Watergate Reagan / Iran Contra Clinton and Lewinsky
Mass Communication Black and White TV MTV / Cable CDs and MP3s
Late Night  Johnny Carson David Letterman Conan O’Brien
The Fourth Turning’s Generation Type* Prophet (known for vision, values, religion) Nomad (known for liberty, survival, honor) Hero (known for community, affluence, technology)
 * ”The Fourth Turning” by William Strauss and Neil Howe, 1997.

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