Mary Anna Thomas

21 Reasons People Don’t Care About Gen X

Gen X is sometimes called a “lost generation” because they aren’t as bold as successful Boomers or as savvy as Millennials. This often leaves Gen X feeling ignored and disrespected through no fault of their own. We look at 21 reasons people don’t care about Gen X:

They are the Smallest Generation in the US

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With approximately 65 million people in the Gen X bracket, they’re outnumbered by Boomers and Millennials, who have 76 million and 88 million, respectively. Smaller numbers can often mean they’re overlooked.

They are Less Vocal Than Other Generations

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Gen X often favors face-to-face communication or smaller group discussions over expressing themselves in large gatherings. This means they’re often overshadowed by Baby Boomers, who are known for being assertive and demanding, and Millennials, who are known for being confident and ambitious.

They are Stereotyped as Being Cynical 

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Many Gen Xers were latchkey kids, meaning they spent significant time unsupervised. This lack of traditional parental guidance might have contributed to a feeling of independence, self-reliance, detachment, and skepticism.

They are Not as Well-Represented in the Media

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The “Boomer Rebellion” and the rise of digital-native Millennials often overshadow the Gen X narrative. Their stories and experiences might not be seen as relatable or dramatic enough for compelling media portrayals.

They are Overlooked by Businesses and Marketers

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Businesses and marketers often target their products and services to Baby Boomers and Millennials, who have more money and spending power than Gen X. As a result, Gen X can feel like they are ignored when, in reality, they are at their peak earning point in their careers, often having significant disposable income. 

They are Caught in the Middle of Conflicts Between Baby Boomers and Millennials

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Gen X is often caught in conflicts between Baby Boomers and Millennials, who have different values and priorities. This can be frustrating and alienating for Gen X, who just want others to listen to them once in a while. 

Others Underestimate Them

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Others often underestimate Gen X, who may see them as less ambitious and less motivated than other generations. However, Gen X is often just as hardworking and dedicated as other generations. If only Boomers and Millennials would recognize that they simply have different priorities.

They are Taken for Granted

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Many people from Gen X feel they are taken for granted as they are considered the “responsible” generation. They are the ones raising families, looking after their Boomer parents, and working hard to pay their bills, all under the radar.

They are Seen as Being “Out of Touch” With Technology

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Gen X grew up before the internet, and social media exploded. As a result, they are often seen as being out of touch with technology, which can make it difficult for them to connect with younger generations. Given time, Gen X can explore technology to keep up with the latest trends, despite what Millennials may think.

They are Overlooked for Leadership Positions

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Even though they have the experience and skills necessary to be successful leaders, Gen X can be overlooked in favor of more forthright Millennials. One reason is that Boomers wanted to stay in leadership positions as long as possible, often not nurturing Gen X to step in when they left, leaving Millennials to swoop in. 

They are Underpaid and Overworked

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While not getting the attention they deserve in leadership positions, Gen X works hard, often too hard. A recent survey by MetLife revealed that only 68% of Gen X feel happy at work. Feeling underpaid and overworked are common experiences for Gen Xers who want to be noticed for their dedication. 

They Struggle to Raise Families and Pay for Retirement

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With a high cost of living and stagnant wages, Gen X often struggles to raise families and save for retirement at the same time. This can make it difficult for them to enjoy their lives and plan for the future, keeping their heads down to earn as much money as they can.

They are Dealing With Health Problems and Eldercare Responsibilities

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In addition to their young families, Gen X is often dealing with health problems and eldercare responsibilities. This can be stressful and time-consuming, making it difficult for them to focus on their careers and personal lives like Boomers and Millennials. 

They Are Full of Gloom

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Gen X often feels unheard because they are sandwiched between two more prominent generations. This can be demoralizing and isolating but also make other generations tire of the gloom that Gen X exerts. 

They are Stressed and Anxious About the Future

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Many Gen Xers worry about their future, often becoming stressed and anxious about the economy and the political landscape. This can make it difficult for them to relax and enjoy the present moment, making them feel serious compared to carefree Boomers. 

They Feel Lost and Unfulfilled

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Gen X often feels lost and unfulfilled because they are unsure of what they want to do with their lives. This may be because they grew up during economic and social upheaval, worked long hours, and had little time to explore their pursuits. 

They Feel Misunderstood and Unsupported in The Workplace

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With fewer Boomers in leadership positions due to retirement, Gen X might have missed out on mentorship opportunities that could have helped them advance in their careers. A recent survey showed that as much as 79% of Gen Xs feel overshadowed by younger shadows

They Feel Like They Are Not Doing Enough

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Social media and the constant bombardment of curated online lives can fuel feelings of inadequacy. Seeing others’ seemingly perfect achievements might make Gen X feel like they’re falling short.

They Haven’t Accomplished Much

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Gen X grew up in a time that emphasized self-reliance and getting on with the task. They might be less likely to brag about their accomplishments compared to other generations, making it seem like they achieve little when, in fact, they do. 

They Have Inconsistent Parenting Styles

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Gen X parents grew up with a generation known for strict and sometimes authoritarian parenting styles. They might be consciously trying to be less rigid with their children. At the same time, they are listening to Millennials who favor gentle parenting techniques, meaning they are perceived as too changeable. 

They Cannot Take A Joke

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Another aspect of being in a sandwich of Boomers and Millennials is that Gen X struggles to find risky but not offensive humor. They cannot laugh at Boomer jokes that should no longer be told, nor do they feel comfortable experimenting with comedy as Millennials can. 

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