Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y (a conversation)

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Wealth
Boomers: I’ve got it
Gen X: I don’t
Gen Y: Who needs it? (I’ve got myspace)

Love
Boomers: I can buy it
Gen X: I’ve been divorced (4 times)
Gen Y: I can find it (on myspace)

Health
Boomers: I can buy it
Gen X: I do yoga and pilates
Gen Y: I do world of warcraft

Work
Boomers: I’m CEO
Gen X: I’m not
Gen Y: Who needs work?

Knowledge
Boomers: I can buy it
Gen X: Books are god
Gen Y: wikipedia is god

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15 Responses to “Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y (a conversation)”

  1. whig Says:

    I’m right in the middle of GenX but your description of GenY is closer.

  2. ~m Says:

    *Knowledge* put me over the edge.
    The truth hurts sometimes…
    ~m

  3. timbob Says:

    Greetings. I have a GenY daughter and this post is so accurate to some of the atitudes of many.

  4. britandgrit Says:

    Hi IM,

    Somehow I got left out. I’m sort of on the tail end of the Boomer range, but not deep enough in to get a cut of the big bucks. This, gives me some of the Gen X attitude. It does the same to my son, who is Gen X/Y, because when he says who needs it, he doesn’t get it anyway πŸ˜‰

    the Grit

  5. tobeme Says:

    Cute. Sounds like I fit closest to Gen X

  6. rjlight Says:

    I am an X who is a Y except with the world of warcraft — don’t get that one. It’s easier just to call myself postmodern though! πŸ™‚

  7. Jon Says:

    I fear for our notation, here. It implies that the world is about to end or something. πŸ˜€

    After Gen Z, we all die!

  8. Randy Moser Says:

    Cute.

    I think boomer divorce rates are like three times as high as Xers, though, and our attitude towards work and money are actually a lot more complex. We never wanted to be baby boomers, but we’re gods in the world of stringers, freelancers and entrepreneurs.

    Don’t forget kids, we Xers pioneered online games like WoW in slow-moving, text-based MUDs in the early 1990s…

    Randy Moser
    Vanishedmessenger.com

  9. amywilson Says:

    i think the only one i disagree with is the gen x divorce one – every gen xer i know (myself included) who is in a relationship is super committed to it. out of dozens of xers i know, i can only think of two divorces – unlike the boomers, which over half i’d guess (out of the group that i personally know) is divorced.

  10. newhoosier Says:

    Amy, I think that’s the point:
    Late (young) X’ers think they’re committed and in love and wont turn out like their parents.
    Early (old) X’ers and Boomers know the committment wears off and you turn into your parents, even if you fight it tooth and nail.

  11. Heather Says:

    I am so Y. How did this happen?

  12. Carol Says:

    I’m a true X. Only divorced once though. πŸ™‚

  13. oldmanneill Says:

    yeah…pretty good except the divorce part…none of my x friends are divorced.

  14. Jo Says:

    Great. Can you do two more categories?

    I am the boss and my subordinates are Gen Y

    I am the boss and my subordinates are BB, Gen X and Gen Y

  15. divorce Says:

    divorce…

    And I’m not sure that’s just the profiles with the New Yorker. They do that with their stories about cabbage and cashmere and stuff, too. Start with a tapdancing cabbage- monger in Brooklyn, then suddenly you’re hit with: “The first cabbages were g…

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