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Generation X: History and Characteristics


The term Generation X is used to define the generation following the Baby Boomers.The X was used to give the idea that the generation resisted being defined, with reference to the variable “x” rather than some other characteristic. Generation X—or Gen X for short—was also known as the Baby Busters, the Latchkey Generation, and Post-Boomers.

According to the Pew Research Center, the birth years of Gen X are 1965–1980.Their childhood was defined by many things, such as space exploration, great tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the birth of the personal computer, the post-civil rights movement and the growth of better education.