Members of 'forgotten' Gen X are sharing what it was like growing up in the coolest generation
via New Wave Tag Game / Twitter

Sandwiched between the much larger Baby Boomer and Millennial generations, Gen X is often left out of the intergenerational conversation. However, given the fact that Gen Xers are best known for shrugging off most things with a "whatever," most of us probably don't mind.

(Editor's Note: This article is written by a card-carrying member of Gen X, born in 1977.)

People born between 1965 and 1980 have a unique perspective on life because they bridge the divide between the old world of analog and the digital revolution.

We're the last generation that knows how to use a rotary phone and the first that dated people by meeting them on American Online. And we remember a world where there were actually music videos on MTV.

Gen Xers also grew up during a distinct period in history. We're the first generation in America who feared they wouldn't do as well as their parents. The AIDS epidemic made sex and relationships serious, life-or-death topics and we grew up during one of the most violent eras in American history.

We are also known as the "least parented generation in history." Many of us were born during the divorce boom of the '70s and '80s, a time when both parents worked, but there weren't as many daycare resources. So, a lot of Gen Xers were latchkey kids who came home to empty houses and took care of themselves.

Gen X also grew up during an incredible time for entertainment. We saw the first "Star Wars" trilogy, "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," and the "Indiana Jones" films on the big screen or at drive-ins, not on Netflix. We also got to grow up during the greatest era of pop stars being entertained by the likes of Prince, Madonna, and Michael Jackson.

So, if you're a member of Gen X, you know there's a lot to feel nostalgic about.

Twitter user New Wave Tag Game, gave people born into the "forgotten generation" an excuse to share what it was like #GrowingUpGenX by starting the hashtag on Twitter.

The technology was much different.

Everything for us was Swatch-styled.

Music was "free" but it wasn't on Spotify.

Let's just say that school was really different.

We've done pretty well at raising ourselves.

Does Amazon have an international food court? Didn't think so.

Life as a kid was a lot different.

Admit it, Gen X grew up with much better music than Millenials or Gen Y. Boomers are the only generation that may have had it better.

Gen X may be the coolest generation because we've side-stepped the Boomer/Millenial conflict with style.

This guy sums up what it was like to grow up Gen X best.


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