An Introduction to Generation X
I’ve been reading Tricia Goyer’s book, Generation NeXt Marriage, and have been gleaning some great insight into my generation (X). It got me thinking: How do Gen Xers write differently than other generations? How has the influence of our times filtered down into our story-creating? For the next couple weeks, on and off, I’ll be posting some thoughts on this topic. Feel free to chime in and offer your opinions, especially if you’re a member of Gen X.
Okay, to start off, let’s look at some basic characteristics of Gen Xers and then later we’ll discuss how these characteristics influence our writing.
- Value authenticity. We’re sick and tired of playing games, wearing masks, saying what people want to hear, and being told what people think we want to hear. We’re into being genuine and real, no facades. This is who I am, like me or deal with it. We recognize that not everyone’s perfect and not everyone has to be perfect. People are flawed and that’s okay.
- Value family. We were the first generation of latchkey kids and learned what not to do in parenting. We take our marriages seriously, our roles as husband and wife seriously, and our responsibility as parents seriously. There’s a movement among Gen Xers for wives to stay home and husbands to be more involved in the home. And that’s a good thing. A great thing!
- Value loyalty and integrity. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
- Value consistency. We grew up in a world grounded on shifting sands and want stability and consistency now.
- Value hard work and “thinking outside the box.” But, overall, with Gen Xers, work takes a backseat to family. We’re tired of hearing “the way things have always been done.” The world is changing and methods must change too.
- Value religion. There’s a push to get back to worship and some kind of religion. New religions are being explored and gaining popularity.
- Do not value rigid rights and wrongs. Hey, we’re a postmodern generation where situational ethics is the rule. Don’t judge me and I won’t judge you. Who’s to say anything is really wrong?
The above is strictly a generality and may not apply to each and every member of Gen X. Obviously. There are plenty of Gen Xers out there that value right and wrong, black and white. But overall, this is a pretty good list of what characterizes Generation X.
Do some thinking on your own about how these points play into the writing that Generation X is producing.