Gen X (Generation X): Definition, History, Characteristics, Examples

Gen X (Generation X)

The generation that came after the Baby Boomers, Gen Xers are often overlooked but make up a large part of the population. This blog post will attempt to shed light on this group and what is like to be born in their shoes.

What is Gen X?

What is Gen X?

Some might ask. Gen X is nickname of a generation with people born between 1960s to 1970s. While other tends to define it more simply as "the generation after the boomers", there are not much agreed definitions. However, it can be generally defined as the label attached to young adults who have reached adulthood in the late 20th century and early 21st century.

History of Gen X

Some people might ask about this, too. Many things have already been written down on the history of generation x, but I would like to summarize it in short here. First, Gen X began at late 50s to 60s after a generation called "Boomers" which led the youth in 1960s. During this time, America saw a huge cultural changes and became an important world power. After that came Gen X which had difficulties as young adults than Generation Y (Millennials). They experienced "stagflation" in 70s when economy went bad while inflation was high at that time which made them very difficult to live.

In 80s, they were helped by the "Silent Generation" members who had just retired from their jobs to restore economy and solve social problems such as drug abuse or high crime rates. Despite of all obstacles, Generation X has succeeded in getting higher education compared to a generation before them.

Characteristics of Gen X

As the generation that has been through a lot so far, Generation X is said to be more individualistic and self-reliant compared to the other ones. They are interested in creativity than conventionality or authority of institutions. When it comes to relationship with parents or elders, they prefer close relationships rather than services. Setting their own goals, they tend to go after things that inspire them. However, some might face a trouble of being too individualistic, which can sometimes interfere with working as a team or communicating well with others.

Some famous people from Gen X

There are many famous people in the world who represent Generation X, and some of them are listed below.

Paul Walker Paul Walker was an American actor who was born on September 12, 1973 and died on November 30, 2013.
Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo DiCaprio iso an American actor as well as the producer. He was born on November 11, 1974 .
Elon Musk Elon Musk is a South African who is one of the prominent figures in the technological field. He was born on June 28, 1971 and is best known for his work at Paypal as well as Tesla Motors.
Michael Jordan Michael Jordan is not only an athlete but also an actor and a businessman. He was born on February 17, 1963 and is widely renowned for his outstanding and exceptional career.
Michael Dell Michael Dell was Born in 1965. He is the founder of Dell - a famous brand in computer device industry.
Jack Dorsey Jack Dorsey is the co-founder of Twitter and one of the most successful entrepreneurs in digital media. He was born on November 19, 1976 which makes him a member of Generation X.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the founder and head of Islamic State. He is a public figure but little is known about his early or personal life.
Tommy Morrison Tommy Morrison was an American professional boxer who was born on October 4, 1969. He is also a film actor and screenwriter.
Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg is an American musician as well as a rapper. His real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. and he was born on October 20, 1971.


Generation X is a generation of young adults born in the late 20th century and early 21st century. They are known for being more individualistic than other generations before them, which can make it difficult to work as part of a team or communicate with others. Despite these difficulties, Generation X has succeeded in getting higher education compared to previous generations while also going through tough economic times at different stages during their life span. This article provides insight into attributes that Gen-Xers typically share, along with some famous people who represent this group and provide inspiration for anyone looking forward to becoming an entrepreneur one day!


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